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.

Marti’s Story

The storyteller expresses the story of the harm they caused and their willingness to participate in community accountability.

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Community Responds to Domestic Violence

The storyteller describes activating community networks to build her safety and agency when her police officer partner acts violently.

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He Korero Iti – A Small Story

A threat of family-based violence provides the context for Di to talk about breaking the cycles of abuse, misogyny, and colonial violence in their Maori community.

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Cultural Center Confronts Sexual Violence (Liz)

When a highly respected drumming instructor invited from Korea sexually assaults a woman at a Korean American cultural center, the members of the organization come together to respond. Liz tells the story from her perspective as the president of the organization at the time and highlights the complex dynamics of the intervention. While emphasizing that she thinks they “did the right thing”, she also details how the intervention resulted in broken relationships between some members.

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Relying on Community Organizations Instead of the Police (Isaac)

Laying out a range of factors to consider, Isaac discusses why he and friends called a community organization rather than police when another friend is in crisis.

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A Family Meeting

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A Community Response to Racist Violence (Phoebe)

When a Black woman is surrounded and verbally assaulted on a crowded street and no one intervenes, a group of friends and acquaintances print stickers and literature and encouraged local residents and businesses on the block to display anti-racist material and to make a commitment to taking a stand against racism in their neighborhood.

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Friends Take a Car Out of Action

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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Organizing in Radical Queer Communities (Rachael)

Rachael, an active member of the radical queer community in Australia, shares how personal experiences of sexual violence and political commitments inform her work to create collective ways to confront violence without using the police.

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Maria Posters the Subway and Confronts Her Family

When Maria finds out that her daughter had been sexually abused by her former partner, she takes public action to address his abuse. When she finds out that her own brother also violated her daughter, his niece, she takes another course of action involving her whole family. Maria shares how her actions are part of her own accountability process and how this helped build trust between her and her daughter.

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