Roller Derby Has a Sexual Assault Problem, and We Need to Talk About It

Roller Derby Has a Sexual Assault Problem, and We Need to Talk About It Photo credit Sean Hale

Roller derby, sit down for a second. We need to talk.

It’s taken me eight years to write down what I’m about to say. Not because I’ve forgotten what happened to me or because it doesn’t affect me. I’ve waited because I didn’t think my story was worthy of reporting, and lacked the bravery and self worth to say something. I feared the things they’d say.

“That’s just what happens at after parties.”

“It was probably just a misunderstanding.”

“It’s not even that bad. It’s not like you got raped.”

“Get over it.”

“I don’t believe you.”

I’ve held onto this fear for eight years. Until now.

Support Roller Derby Coverage

Support Roller Derby Coverage Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

With only a few months left in 2017, the WFTDA Division 1 Championships will be the last big event that the whole roller derby world will be tuning into. We would love any support you could throw our way to help us finish out the 2017 season of tournament coverage.

We have a few different ways you can help Derby Central out whether it’s monthly donations or even a few things that only take minutes of your time.

#TacoTravelTips: EuroTravel and Roller Derby

#TacoTravelTips: EuroTravel and Roller Derby Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

Delayed or Cancelled Flight? No problem.
Taco’s got some info for you that will make your trip 1 Hydra percent smoother.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 2017 marks the start of a new era in International Roller Derby!

We’re moments away from the final day of play for this weekend’s FIRST international playoff in Malmo, and this past weekend’s amazing gameplay in Seattle by Argentina’s 2×4 Roller Derby is setting the stage for some serious global action in our sport. With the Roller Derby World Summit in the books and the Roller Derby World Cup on the horizon, travel talk has been something on everyone’s mind.

Top 10 Things to Do While Waiting for the WFTDA Playoff Announcement

Top 10 Things to Do While Waiting for the WFTDA Playoff Announcement Photo credit: Sean Hale

This Friday WFTDA will release the rankings for June which will also include seeding for the 2017 Playoff tournaments. This year things are a little different with only three Division 1 Playoff locations, dual tracks for Division 2 Playoffs with their Champs being played on the same weekend, and only 54 spots for teams in the postseason this year. It will also be the first time a WFTDA tournament is being held outside North America with the Crime City Rollers hosting a D1 Playoff in Malmö, Sweden.

It’s safe to say the anticipation is even greater this year with a higher bar to reach and likely a different set of teams needing to make overseas travel plans. After a stress-inducing fight to the Hydra last year and some interesting competition so far in 2017, it seems as if there’s no shoo-in for Champs this year. If you need help passing the time until Friday, Sean Hale has got a few things to keep you busy.

When a Community Grieves: Suggestions for Support

Within the tight knit derby community, any loss of a community member has a deep impact on us all. However, death – even using the word “death”, instead of a euphemism – is a hard subject. As a general rule we seem to think that if we don’t think about it, we won’t have to deal with it.

What this winds up meaning is that when tragedy does occur we are left scrambling to figure out what to do, what to say, and how to process.

Having thought through how to care for people beforehand won’t make the pain of grief less, but it will allow your league to come together more readily and let fewer people go through this alone.