Sexual assault is a crime that's all about power and control. Rape silences victims, forces them to reconstruct their lives post-act, and for many victims, strips them of the pleasure that's supposed to come from sex. 

However, a group of London rape survivors are taking that power back and rediscovering pleasure — one orgasm at a time. 

Pavan Amara, founder of My Body Back, a UK-based organization that offers resources, including support groups, for sexual assault survivors, is helping victims do just that. 

She told Vice that in her quarterly support groups, she realized survivors see masturbation as a way to rediscover pleasure. However, finding stimulation — like pornography — seemed difficult for survivors because some of the videos are triggering.

"These women wanted to be able to explore their sexuality in a safe way," Amara told Vice. "But what ended up happening is that they'd try and do that with porn, and they'd just come across misogynistic, violent, horrible stuff that replicated what had happened to them, or showed rape as though it were normal."

So, Amara and her team decided to create The Clit List, a database of feminist porn that omits any sexual scenes that objectify women or are violent.

Ella Eora, The Clit List's manager, told The Huffington Post that the database includes everything from erotic literature to short films to advice videos.

"Mainstream porn tends to be characterized by female actors that are young, overtly sexualized and very often treated with violence," Eora told The Huffington Post. "We are focusing on porn that is body-positive where women are real participants who receive pleasure. As a result, any content that is misogynistic, objectifying, unethical or violent is not included."

Eora tacks trigger warnings and in-depth descriptions on every item included in the database, according to Vice. It's a way to help survivors, including herself, heal.

"I was in a destructive relationship for a number of years, which ended, thankfully, but as a result of that, I was kind of lost in terms of my body image and being connected to what made me sexually alive, and I was OK with it again," Eora explained.

There's no better time than now for sexual assault survivors to have such a powerful resource. The New York Times found that one in three women watch porn at least once a week. The Clit List gives survivors control over their sexuality, after having it so brutally stripped.

"The reason I wanted something like The Clit List so much is because it gives women back their control sexually. I won't need to rely on a boyfriend to sexually be in control of myself — I can be self-sufficient and do it for myself using visuals without feeling I am unsafe," an anonymous rape survivor told Vice.

While The Clit List does promote feminist porn, My Body Back doesn't exclude BDSM videos. Some survivors are stimulated by BDSM, so Eora just tags those videos with descriptors, including positions and the role-play in each scene.

Now, The Clit List wants to expand to include reviews of sex toys, as well as guest blogs.

"A lot of women find them useful after assault," she told Vice. "Some women feel very tense when they're masturbating after being attacked. The vibrations from sex toys can help relax the pelvic floor muscles and help penetration, as can things like lube."

Sexual assault survivors deserve pleasure too, and this feminist porn list is a step toward freeing them from trauma.

Revelist reached out to My Body Back for comment.

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