Saturday, July 21, 2012

Main Perpetrator Update and personal update- Jessica

It was just over three months ago that the Perpetrator in my assault was asked to not attend VPH events for three months. We were planning on sending a letter from the Board of VPH explaining what has happened in our numerous safe space meetings at VanSlam and explaining that he has three more months to express interest in rejoining our community for us to move forward.

A member of our community spoke with him recently and told us that the Perpetrator has no interest in rejoining the community and that he would like us to not contact him. We agreed that it was only kind to respect his wishes.

I want to thank everyone who has been working on this. Especially Lisa Slater who wrote a very thorough letter on behalf of the board, which will not be used.

On a personal note, I've been doing a lot better.  Much of the anxiety and fear is becoming more distant with time. I have been spending time at other Slams across North America and it has been incredibly surprises to meet many people who have heard what we are doing here and telling me they think it is important and needed. Thank you to everyone who supports us here at VanSlam in creating a safer and more open family.

Love and warm fuzzies,

Jessica

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