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  • Writer's pictureEmma Peyton Williams

A number of people in my community have been accused of sexual misconduct

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

In the last month or two, a handful of people that I know have been publicly asked to take accountability for the sexual harm that they have caused. Naturally, this is alarming. It is a painful reminder that patriarchy is more than a political issue; it's a personal issue.

I have taught sex ed off and on for the past six years. In that time, I have also come into my political orientation as an abolitionist, puzzled over what accountability looks like without punishment, and struggled to grapple with the harm that I have both caused and experienced. Through these processes, I have been grateful for the wisdom and thought leadership that I have been referred to. I want to organize some of those resources in a central place. This list will be a work in progress.

Many of the resources I list below can be found a, a website Mariame Kaba created to consolidate a wide variety of resources that pertain to transforming harm, many of which are focused on transformative justice and community accountability.


On survival:

Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk

On accountability and transformative justice:

Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power, by Ann Russo

Beyond Survival: Strategies and Stories from the Transformative Justice Movement, edited by Ejeris Dixon and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

How to Survive the End of the World podcast episode with Mariame Kaba, by adrienne maree brown and Autumn Brown

Building Accountable Communities video series, by the Barnard Center for Research on Women

On relationship skills:


The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities, by Critical Resistance

– A number of the readings/insights from generationFive:

Ending Child Sexual Abuse: a transformative justice handbook (pdf)

Toward Transformative Justice: A Liberatory Approach to Child Sexual Abuse and

other forms of Intimate and Community Violence

A stand-up start up guide, by Philly Stands Up

Creative Interventions Toolkit: A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence

Fumbling Towards Repair: A Workbook for Community Accountability Facilitators, by Mariame Kaba and Shira Hassan

Restorative Justice Online guide by Linda Millington and Trevor Watson of Why me?

People and groups I've learned from in doing this work:


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