Prize Shortlistings & Our Crowdfunder Backers

We are so thrilled to announce that Clear Lines has been nominated for the Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize, awarded annually to recognise women who work against male violence.  It is truly an honor to be shortlisted for the Group Award, alongside three fantastic organizations: Million Women Rise, Sisters Uncut, and Rights of Women. Our Co-Founders Winnie M Li and Dr. Nina Burrowes will be speaking at the closing event of the Feminism in London Conference on Sunday, October 25th, when the winners of the prize will be announced. (Winnie is also shortlisted separately in the Individual Award category, and this recent feature in The Irish Times details her personal experience and forthcoming book). We hope to see some of you on Oct 25th!

CrowdfunderWe’ve certainly come a long way from April, when we didn’t have a name for our festival or even any funds to stage an event.  In fact, the only way Clear Lines became possible was through the generosity and support of our Crowdfunder backers.  Although there were 138 backers in total, here’s a list of those individuals who donated £25 or more in our five-week campaign. Once again, thank you for all your support in helping us start a new conversation about sexual assault and consent.

A Huge Thanks to our Crowdfunder Backers!

Abigail Macleod

Alexandra V. Fredricks

Amy Rodgers Marceau

Andreas Schaefer

Andrew Whitman

Anna Sherratt

Anne P. Bowers

TeamAnnie Gowanloch






Ben Yeoh

Bhanu Bhatnagar

Bernardine Evaristo

Carl Robert Packman

Catherine Hogel

Chris Dent

peopleChris Smith

Christopher Myers

Claire Whitehead

Cory-Ann Joseph

Danielle Lambert

David Oppenheim

Diana Barran

Elizabeth Dowling

Elly Cardwell

Elsa Weill

Emily Jacob

Winnie_NinaEmily Reubush

Emmeline Graham

Erin Breeze

Gwen Cover

Heidi & Jude

Ilona Brenninkmeijer

Inge-Lise Mackaay

Jack Steadman

James Rawson

James R Butler

Jessica Montalvo

Jill Robson

Jin Jeong

Jenny McPhee

poetryJess McCabe

Jessica Gregson

Joan Porter MacIver

John Gasper

John Wilkes

Johs Pierce

Jon Grabelle Herrmann

Judy Faulkner

Julian Astin

Karen D’Arc

volunteersKelly Lewis

Kirsty Jardine


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Lisa Lin Sherman

Lisa Thompson

Margalit Edelman

Marshall Nannes

Mary Lou Hartman

Michael & Lucy Herron

Nicole M. Slayton

audience 2Nikhil Chandra

Oliver Hwu

Oonagh Kearney

Patricia Donohue

Paul Carney

Peter Laskie

Phyra McCandless

Ruth Pordes

Rose Hastings

Rose Thompson

Saukok Tiampo

media3Scott Fletcher

Seraphima Kennedy

Seena Perumal

Shefali Roy

Shirley Chiu

Silvia Segerstrale

Stephanie Mosely

Stephen Strachan

Susan & Christopher Lai

Suzy Ryder

real menRev. Tamara Torres McGovern

Till Dudler

Trina Vargo

Vicky Brock

Vincent McAviney

Wiebke Pekrull


The sun is shining, cakes have been freshly baked – Day 3 of Clear Lines Festival is about to begin!

Clear Lines Festival is now in full swing. Yesterday at Day 2 we started the day with a panel of legal experts from festival sponsors international law firm McAllister Olivarius discussing how we can challenge sexual harassment and damaging workplace cultures, as well as positive developments in the law on revenge pornography.


At our media panel event we had a great conversation with journalists from the BBC and The Telegraph about the role of media coverage of sexual assault, complete with important feedback from audience members on how journalists can improve reporting.


The powerful plays in our Theatre Night really reflected the diversity of experiences of sexual violence, from the complexities of relationships involving domestic violence to questions around true “recovery” from abuse.

The festival has also been featured on Channel 4 news! Co-founders Winnie Li and Dr Nina Burrowes were interviewed and you can watch the clip online here.

And now for Day 3….

We are kicking off today with Dr Nina Burrowes and Survivors Together as they address the incredibly important issue of how we can talk to children about sexual abuse to keep them safe, followed by a discussion with our festival Artists-in-Residence Johanna Ward and Ela Xora about their exhibited work at the festival, and Johanna will also be creating a new piece of art during the day in her pop-up photo studio.

To reduce the incidence of sexual assault, we need to understand why perpetrators commit these crimes, and at 3pm Dr Nina Burrowes will be tackling the difficult issue of the psychology behind sexual offenders.

Nest at 4.30pm we have a brilliant panel of survivors, activists, criminal justice professionals and others to answer the questions about sexual assault that you’ve never had a chance to ask. This will be followed at 6.30pm by our event looking at how men can be part of the solution to sexual violence, with White Ribbon Campaign, National Ugly Mugs Scheme and blogger Chris Packe.

And to close – a nice bit of comedy! We’ve had lots of questions about how we can make jokes and laugh at sexual assault – well tonight you can find out! Join Tiff Stevenson, Sarah Kendall, Josie Long, and Stuart Black as they poke fun at cultural attitudes towards rape, sexuality, and the objectification of women. We have a few tickets left so grab yours here.

Here is the full Clear Lines Programme from Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd of August. Check out the schedule too.

You can still book your tickets on Eventbrite.

Follow the #clearlinesfest hashtag and @ClearLinesUK on Twitter for live updates throughout the weekend.

See you all later!

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2 Days to go in our Crowdfunder Campaign!

We’re thrilled by the amount of support coming from around the globe in our Crowdfunder campaign! People have been pledging from as far afield as the US, the Middle East, and Asia – indicating that sexual assault is a global issue that affects millions of individuals around the world. By reaching our stretch target, we now know that we can film the events at the Clear Lines Festival and make the videos of the events available online – and reach audiences globally.

But there’s still 2 days to go until our crowdfunding ends, so please keep pledging! However, we are thinking of extending the time period by creating campaigns on other crowdfunding sites to try and maximize the support received! As this festival is being organized entirely by volunteers, any amount of donation can still help off-set the expenses involved in an event like this. Things like travel costs for our artists, web space to store our videos, and supplies for our creative workshops – all these things add up.

Unfortunately, we’ve also learned that the Arts Council will not be funding our event, so we need to depend entirely on what we can raise from crowdfunding. We put this festival together because we know there’s an audience out there who wants to address the issue of sexual assault. We now want to bring you the best possible festival. Let’s create a legacy for Clear Lines to live on digitally, and lay the groundwork for Clear Lines and our conversation in years to come. And we can only achieve this through the help of the crowdfunding efforts that we have put in place to help raise as much money as possible. It will also give us the opportunity to raise further awareness of the issue of sexual assault, so we would appreciate you giving what you can.

Please watch our most recent video, which we put together with the help of survivors around the globe. We think this sums up the spirit of what Clear Lines is trying to do – replace the shame and silence around sexual assault, with insight, understanding, and community. We hope to create a series of more videos like this, so please pledge to our Crowdfunder campaign to help make this happen.