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Bild von grünen Gras und das braun Boden darunter mit dem Text: "Das Risiko wagen. Strategien für selbstorganisierte und kollektive Verantowrtungsübernahme bei sexualisierter Gewalt"






“Das Risiko wagen. Strategien für selbstorganisierte & kollektive Verantwortungsübernahme bei sexualisierter Gewalt” is the German language translation of one of the founding texts of  community accountability  from Seattle-based group Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA). The zine includes an introduction from our collective about potentials and pitfalls in translating community accountability into our Berlin setting.

Here is the Turkish translation of this zine, thanks to Özge Karlık from Cinsel Şiddetle Mücadele (Association for the Struggle Against Sexual Violence).




What to do in cases of sexual violence?                      Handbook for Transformative Work with Persons Causing Harm


This is the cover of a book. It has two images - one is a piece of paper with folds in it for origami. The second is an origami bird. The idea is that the paper has been folded into the bird.


Members of the TJ Kollektiv Berlin contributed to this German-language guide to working with persons who have caused sexual harm. The book offers step by step guidance to creating and sustaining a group that can do what we call “transformative work” with folks who have harmed. It describes how to do this in solidarity with efforts at survivor support and community change. The goals of “transformative work” are that the person who caused harm takes accountability and changes their behavior, leading to the prevention of violence in the future.

To order the book, check out this link.



The “What really makes us safe?” Project


Project Summary (first 5 minutes of vid)


A dual language project (English-German) in Berlin about community alternatives to state violence in addressing sexual and intimate partner violence. The project now has its own website here.



1. “What really makes us safe? Toolkit” in German 


The cover of the "What really makes us safe?" toolkit has an open sewing box with several objects inside. These objects symbolize different safety strategies. They include lipstick, condoms, a bus/subway pass, a visa, keys to a home, bolt clippers, political buttons, and a book of family recipes.


with contributions from many Berlin-based activists and organizations, including: Women in ExileLesMigraSHydraKiralinaKampagne für Opfer rassistischer Polizeigewalt (KOP)MSO Inklusiv!, & KNAS[].


The new, expanded version of the German-language toolkit is available to order from Edition Assemblage publishers here. The older version is still available to download and distribute to friends and comrades here.




2. “Laboratory for Alternatives to Police & Prisons”


geöffnete Nähkästchen mit verschiedene Objekte drin: ein "Familienrezepte" Kochbuch, Maßband, Drahtzangen, Lippenstift, Kondome, ein BVG MonatsKarte, ein Schlüsselbund mit den Wörtern "bezahlbare Miete", ein Visum mit dem Wort "Bleiberecht", ein Handy mit eine neue SMS und ein Gesundsheitskarte. Text: "Was macht uns wirklich sicher? Labor für Alternativen zu Polizei & Gefängnis"

3. Dialogue between Mai’a Williams & Melanie Brazzell                                “Community Accountability: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly”



4. “What really makes us safe?” Roundtable


Several gray bars (like prison bars) broken up by red, blue, and yellow bands which say: "The State sells us safety in the form of borders, policing, and prisons. But… What would really make us safe? Discussion with: Nadija Samour (jurist of color) Stephanie Klee (sex worker & activist, highlights-berlin.de) Sanchita Basu (ReachOut e.V.) Jennifer Petzen (Lesbenberatung e.V.) Sunday, July 24th 7-9 pm Jockel Biergarten Ratiborstr. 14C 10999 Berlin How can seemingly 'good ideas' like supporting survivors of violence go so very wrong by reinforcing racist policing and security regimes? After Köln and Orlando, mainstream feminist and LGBT organizations call on the State for more ‘protection’. Yet we know that the State uses its claims to protect marginalized communities as an alibi to continue law enforcement violence against people of color and migrants. If police and borders don’t make us safe, what alternatives do we have in our communities? How can we build safety for ourselves?"


5. University Seminar                                                                                                “Feminism & the State: Carceral Feminisms &                                             Transformative Alternatives”


mehr Info zum Seminar & Seminarplan (auf Englisch)