Get Involved!

Hi everyone, 

An invaluable tool to protect our children, each other, and to end  sexual violence and abuse to is to educate and to get involved. This is a very real and very pervasive problem, and more people absolutely must get motivated and involved around the world.

A great place to start is to check out the tools at the Stop it Now website. This is a site aimed toward the protection of children. 

For anti-rape education, projects and community involvement: 

End Rape

Men Can Stop Rape

A Petition to End the “Corrective” Rapes of Lesbians in South Africa

Claire Renzetti’s “Violent Betrayal”, a book about lesbian rape

The Clothesline Project (on violence and ending rape against women)

This is all clearly just a start. One of the most helpful things I’ve done to find ways to help in the community is simply to google “community action against rape” and the name of a city or town. And if there isn’t something where you live, start it. All it takes is one person and one action and one voice to get wonderful things started.

If you find other resources on your own, definitely let me know and I’ll post them here!

It’s been a great week to talk with some of you who’ve been interested and moved by what I’ve written and what I’ve discussed here. Please, please share this with people whom you think would benefit, especially the posting of the short story, “I Don’t Hope for the Trees“.

Please know that when you buy my book, your money isn’t just going to my “pocket”, but it’s going toward the start of my own business, where I aim to work with and for women, men, children, families and so on, and empower and educate and write about people whose voices need to be heard. Not just people who have survived sexual violence, but societal and moral injustices and so much more. There is so much I want to do and say for others. I want to work with as many people as possible. So even if you don’t like the things my book is about, or if you don’t feel that you relate to this week’s story, but you want to help, buy a copy and give it as a gift, or donate to me personally. If you’re interested in doing the latter, email me and we’ll work something out. 

I am a lone author, a “one woman show”, who is doing this all from a laptop with a mic, a cheap webcam, seated at a desk under her IKEA loftbed, supported currently by the love of her many friends and new and wonderful strangers who have become friends. This is all one big project out of love, obsession and joy for the craft of writing.

Long live the word. 

Tomorrow: Nine Weeks of Strange – Week 3 “Swim”, a story about existentialism, death, and some secrets in boxes. It’s the most popular story in the book. Enjoy.