I’m queeravocado, one of the founders of the Bi Women Support Network. I want to quickly thank Bitopia for featuring our blog. We really appreciate the support.
The Bi Women Support Network is a safe, supportive space for multi-gender attracted women and nonbinary people who are victims and survivors of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. It’s a place where we can come together to grieve and heal together. So often bi women survivors feel isolated, but we are not alone. We have each other. Quite honestly, this community is filled with some of the strongest and most loving people I have ever met, and I’m so happy that this space is finally here for us.
I started BWSN because I couldn’t believe that despite the astronomically high rates of sexual violence against bisexual women, nothing existed for us. 46% of bisexual women are raped and 75% are sexually assaulted, but there was nothing, not one book, organization, or resource specifically dedicated to supporting bi women victims and survivors. I was so tired of desperately searching for these resources for my own personal recovery that I decided I wanted to make my own. I joined up with bifurious-babe and we put together the Bi Women Support Network, which launched just two months ago. We now have three other fabulous moderators and nearly 700 followers already. Mod applications are open, by the way, if you want to join our team! The bulk of what we do is answer anonymous questions from survivors, but we also reblog posts related to recovery, self care, rape culture, and bi positivity and we have a collection of resources in our sidelinks. We have #SelfCareSunday posts which feature general coping techniques or specific ideas of ways to take care of ourselves. Recently, we did a holiday card project which sent handwritten inspirational cards to survivors in time for the Christmas season. We have more things planned for the near future, so stay tuned.
Honestly, I’m a little sad that it took so long for something like this to exist. I think it’s a testament to the failures of LGBT and bisexual organizations, as well as feminist and survivor organizations, that two college students were the first to create a recovery resource for one of the most sexually victimized demographics. Despite our frustrations with that, we’re excited for our future plans and we are so honored by the support we have gotten already. We also hope that other bi people and other survivors follow us and find our posts inspiring – and we especially appreciate when our supporters signal boost our blog. We want to reach as many bi women survivors in need as we can and we’re very grateful for all the help we’ve received to make that possible.