Welcome to the StoryTelling & Organizing Project

Here you will find audio clips and transcripts from some of STOP's stories. You will also find information about our project partners, discussion questions and resources for using STOP stories in your own work to intervene in interpersonal violence, as well as information on how to get involved in the project.

Friends Take a Car Out of Action

Rose tells how an older neighbor used his status as a trusted community member to perpetrate a sexually abusive relationship with her.  While in college, Rose confronts what happened to her-contextualizing it both through therapy and women’s studies courses.  Rose attempted initially to use legal systems but found that statute limitations and survivor stigmatization made these channels useless.  She goes on to elaborate her frustration with her parents’ response and attempts at support.  Rose ends up finding some solace in warning other families on the street of her perpetrator’s history of abuse, and in retaliatory vandalism enacted by some young men on her block.

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When “N” becomes financially abusive to her former partner “J”, friends try to hold “N” accountable by putting a club (steering wheel lock) on a shared car.

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