UPDATE: Police Investigation into the
Sexual assault/rape allegations committed by
Ms Barbara SOUMET LEMAN

“Reporting a crime; theft, assault, etc, requires a sex worker to out themselves
to authorities.
 If sex work is illegal or a worker can’t comply with the law,
then they risk being arrested themselves. This obviously makes sex workers more
vulnerable when dealing with anyone who knows what they do”.

 

Update: January 2020. Ms SOUMET-LEMAN is under investigation for rape, including indecent sexual exposure in the presence of children and minors. This investigation is being carried out by the French police and authorities.

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It has been 2 years [summer 2018] since I reported being sexually assaulted/raped, on an Erika Lust Film set. I finally have an interview with the police and relevant authorities, I don’t know how to feel. It’s been a long time coming.

Just know this, It takes months, most likely years for court procedures to even begin especially regarding sexual assault and rape allegations.

Take for eg: the Weinstein case.

  • First coming to head: Oct 2017.
  • Indicted: May 2018.
  • Beginning of court proceedings: Jan 2020❗❗❗

It may seem, because I have been silent, that my sexual assault case doesn’t have any legs. Quite the contrary in fact. Next week I’ll be in Paris speaking with the investigating police officer regarding Olympe de G and Erika Lust’s conduct. And my rape allegation.
#metoo 

  • Ms Barbara SOUMET LEMAN, a senior exec at Apple Inc, France, who due to her financially privileged position, she has been able to threaten me legally from sharing my experience and seeking justice through the relevant authorities.
  • Oluwaseun Abdul R Ajala, is a freelance lighting & cinematography technician, www.rufaiajala.com.
    I am not in the same financial position as the opposing parties to have access to the financial means and legal counsel to seek justice for being sexually assaulted.

Being sexually assaulted on an Erika Lust, a feminist porn set,
was the last thing I expected or crossed my mind experiencing as a;
queer non-binary performer of color. “An aspect of sexual assault on set
that is particular to porn production: performers can re-experience
their assaults time and again, on any screen.” ~Hello Rooster

     I never pictured I would be in this position: that I would be a victim of sexual assault, much less an assault that happened on a feminist porn set. Especially not on Erika Lust’s “feminist” porn set. And so when I was sexually assaulted on the set of Erika Lust films, it was the last thing I thought would happen.

When I first started hearing stories from the #MeToo Movement, I didn’t immediately recognise my story or experience in any of those being shared. I am a black, queer and non binary, male presenting, performer of color. My race and gender weren’t reflected in those stories. Sex workers were also invisible in those first stories.

What I saw in those stories was fundamentally an abuse of power. 

Privilege was and is still a contributing factor in whose stories get a platform. Sex Workers, Trans and Non-Binary folk, Women of Color and other marginalised folks need our more privileged feminist comrades to stand together and help fight for our voices to be heard. In particular, the fight for sex workers voices to heard necessitates with de-stigmatising sex work. Stigma deeply affects and impacts whether or not victims of violence come forward to share their stories and experiences.

Ethical Porn can’t be made without the voices of it’s performers

Ethical Porn is a labor right and labor issue first and foremost!

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are 3 ways beside financial help to support me:

 

Share my story on social media | #BelieveALLSurvivors. Please help support victims of marginalised identities.

Join my online protest by signing my petition (change.org)  |Email Erika Lust Films, Comment on their Social media; Instagram, Twitter, etc. ⇒ Let them know it’s unethical to profit off the visual record of someone’s rape and sexual assault.

Donate to help me fundraise to seek justice.