We are Sexual Violence Won't Be Silenced, a Sydney based advocacy group that combats gendered and sexual harassment online.
Reflecting larger societal issues, the internet mimics our online world. Online spaces have taken to the harassment and violence of women. We are committed to defending the rights of these women, and activelyfighting to make our online world safer for everyone.
Currently we have an active petition, lobbying the government to gain better education in our law enforcement officers around online violence. As well, we have an online community, the SVWBS Safe Space, which provides women the opportunity to engage in a supportive environment and share their stories of online abuse.
We believe that in order to further progress gender equality, online violence against women needs to end. Gendered harassment online has become normalised, and this must stop.
Our aims and commitments are:
• Honoring the diversity of women, and seeking to advocate for the needs of women from all backgrounds, particular those whose voices have been silenced.
• Contributing to policies, programs, and legislation that impact women’s experience of online harassment and violence.
• Providing accessible information for women and illuminating their online rights.
• Raising and maintaining the greater community’s awareness of gendered violence, particularly it’s proliferation online.
• Ending the normalisation of online violence against women, and the erasure of offensive, gender based humour and vernacular.
We are SVWBS and we won't be silenced.
Paloma Brierley Newton has always considered herself a feminist. She completed her undergraduate at Sydney College of the Arts majoring in photography and went on to do her Masters of Publishing. Next year she plans to complete a Masters of Humanitarian and Social Justice law. She is the current spokesperson for the advocacy group, Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced.
Sophy Jones is a 24 year old production coordinator. She is freakishly internet savvy and a huge asset in any online debate. A self described "bottom of the runger" - she does whatever no one else wants to do. This applies in her work life and in respect to SVWBS.
Lucy Le Masurier was born a redhead the winter of 1991. Since then her life has progressed through early childhood cynicism, teenage angst and poorly articulated rebellion, adult guilt and panic attacks to where she is now, at 24 years of age, with an accumulated 2-ish degrees, multiple menial jobs and a head strong belief in her place as a feminist with a powerful aversion to misogynist goobers. She has been with Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced since it’s inception and helps run social media and creative management.
Olivia Melville is the type of girl that will suck you dry and then eat some lunch with you. She attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and has a Bachelor of Arts (Dance)/ Bachelor of Education at UNSW. In August 2015, Olivia was publicly shamed online and in the wake of the incident started an advocacy group with her closest friends called Sexual Violence Won’t Be Silenced.
Tessa Kerans grew up in the Catholic education system, however after realising that something was a little different between her and her peers, she moved to Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. It was here that she discovered she had super powers. Armed with a silver tongue that whipped wit at her adversaries, coupled with a deep catholic guilt, Tess vowed she would fight against sexual violence and online harassment.
Siobhan Poynton comes from a background in music. She was a member of Australian Girls Choir and her love of music then turned into a career at Music NSW. It was here that she honed her skills in communication whilst liaising with bands and professional musicians. However, this wasn't enough for Siobhan, she traded her government paying job for teapots at one of the coolest clubs in Kings Cross, World Bar. Hosting her own night known as “Mum”, where she curated bands and dj's. Siobhan brings her knowledge from both her Music NSW and World Bar days to work as the event coordinator for SVWBS.
Ollie Henderson is an international model, artist and activist. As founder and director of fashion label and youth movement House of Riot, she utilises fashion to encourage young people to become more politically aware and involved. She is the treasurer and acts as chairperson for the advocacy group, Sexual Violence Won’t be Silenced.
Lucy Watson is a self-described PhDJ, spinning tracks by night and theses by day. Researching the way queer and LGBTI people read celebrity media, she spends most of her time inventing elaborate theories about Rihanna. Having previously researched gossip magazine representations of Miley Cyrus, Lucy also considers herself Sydney’s leading Miley expert. Growing up in regional Australia, Lucy moved to Sydney to pursue both university and homosexuality. She is a former editor of Sydney Uni’s student newspaper Honi Soit, current online editor of Archer magazine, columnist with The Brag, and contributor at New Matilda. Lucy assists SVWBS with their media content.
Clare Roberts is a COFA trained graphic designer currently residing in Germany who believes in designing for a cause and always deep frying if the option is available