Red Press is Kickstarting The Anatomy of Silence, an anthology of non-fiction and creative narratives about the silence that surrounds sexual violence. This book presents unflinching analysis by 26 survivors and allies talking out loud (often for the first time) about what it means to stay silent, to be silenced, to be complicit in silencing others.
We think it's time for a bit of loud, don't you?
As part of powerful global movements such as #MeToo, more and more individuals are speaking up about sexual assault and harassment. But in order to translate that movement into healing and justice, we need to dismantle the barriers present in our social institutions, cultural norms and political processes that kept us having those conversations in the first place.
In this culture of silence, our book is unapologetically loud.
Will you listen?
Why we launched The Anatomy of Silence
"I said #MeToo, but I was scared that once again we’d be heard in the moment and then promptly ignored —that our voices would have a fleeting impact and then people would return to their lives without revisiting the issue." – Cyra Perry Dougherty, Editor of The Anatomy of Silence
If you want to know why we're publishing The Anatomy of Silence, we urge you to turn on the news. Scroll through Twitter. Remember who currently occupies the White House (like anyone could forget). Recognise that Kavanaugh was confirmed to the US Supreme Court a year after the #MeToo movement began. It's 2018, and although a groundswell of activist movements have sparked public discussion about rape culture, there's still a normalised wall of silence that stops many from speaking out about their experiences, that stops us from calling out hurtful behaviour in others, that stops us from being able to listen to and believe these stories. We want that silence to be broken. We want it to stay broken.
Inside these poignant pages, you'll find work by:
Amna Abdullatif, Pamela Bettencourt, Michelle Bowdler, Nadia Colburn, Terrence 'Red' Crowley, Melissa Dickey, Esther Diplock, Cyra Perry Dougherty, Ashley Easter, Aisha Fukushima, Monique Harris, stephen hicks, Jennifer Jean, Joan Kresich, Chelsea MacMillan, Alandra Markman, Frederick Marx, Patrick McFarlane, Caroline Numuhire, Amy Paulson, Emily Porth, Khalisa Rae, Andrea Roach, Katie Simon, Lauren Spahn and Steven Strafford.
More information about each of our incredible authors can be found here.
Who is Red Press?
We're a small, woman-owned, independent publisher of books on social justice. We're based in the South of England, and our authors based around the globe. We've published books on responsible volunteer travel, on helping young people take their first steps towards a social change career, and how to fix the seriously dysfunctional relationship between nonprofits and foundations. Oh, and we've got a whole lot more up our sleeve, just you wait.
Ultimately, great ideas can change the world, which is why we publish them. We've got a fire in our belly and a vision for social change, and we need your help to make these dreams into a reality.
Breakdown of Funds
Contributor Fees: It's important to us that all who worked on the book are paid fairly, and your pre-order of the book will help us thank the incredible people who have shared their narrative with us.
Project Production: Printing, design, marketing—a lot of work (and love) goes into a book, and we need the funds to make that happen. Your pre-orders will go a long way to ensuring this book is as beautiful as the words inside of it.
Events/Design/Misc: We're earmarking a small pot to help us organise anything that needs doing to help us promote the book pre- and post- publication.
No one from Red Press will be collecting personal profit from the Kickstarter funds—we're running this campaign to cover operational costs, and should the funding surpass its goal then additional funds will go towards further development of the Press and future projects.
Risks and challenges
1) Printing is expensive — our Kickstarter will help us determine how many physical copies we'll need for a typical print-run based on initial demand and popularity. Paying our authors is at the top of our priority list, so if the Kickstarter does not succeed we'll look at other options to get this project funded and out into the world, no matter what form.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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