The #metoo campaign has shown us that there are very few women (and people who identify as women) who have not experienced sexual abuse/molestation/violation of some kind. Violations range from catcalls to unsolicited workplace backrubs to violence and rape ... and worse.
Writing about these experiences can be cathartic, and reading about them informative.
That's because storytelling is a means of activism that can bring awareness to how issues affect us as individuals. Through stories, we share the depth and breadth of our truths and by sharing them, we ultimately change the world.
This book is a tangible forum for women to publish their first-hand accounts in story form. The anthology will serve to enlighten readers about the ranges of our nuanced experiences and will ideally make a difference in reducing sexual violence against women.
Approximately 20 women have already submitted stories to the project.
Stories in this book will NOT: reveal the names or identities of perpetrators or anyone involved. The stories are about the writers, not their assailants. This book will NOT glorify the acts. It is NOT meant to bash anyone - male or female. It is meant to be cathartic for writers to tell their stories and educational for readers. It is meant to reduce the collective trauma that sexual violence inflicts on all of our communities.
Proceeds from eventual book sales will benefit survivor advocate organizations including RAINN and A Voice for the Innocent but no charities are directly involved with this project at this time. This campaign is designed to fund the creation of the book and help a little with marketing it. A local Tucson woman will work with me to put the book together and render it tangible. It will be available for purchase online. An eBook version will be available.
$550 to make the book and ebook
$100 to make the website and run it for a year
$450 for marketing
Risks and challenges
This will be a difficult book to read, and even more difficult for the courageous writers to craft.
Not all our millions of stories will make it into the book. I will build a website to publish those I cannot accept for whatever reason.
Everyone in stories will be kept as anonymous as possible.
Writer submission guidelines can be found here: https://www.wilderwriters.com/side-project-the-daily-abuseLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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