Iconic author Laurie Halse Anderson and her publisher of SPEAK are partnering with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) to raise both funds and awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
“How Speak Spoke to Me” Creative Contest allows readers to explore their feelings about Speak through whatever medium they’d like. Write a poem, sing a song, make a movie, or draw a picture. Any type of expression is worth being heard. Finalists will have their work displayed on both RAINN’s andMacmillan’s websites and via their social media outreach. The winner will be selected by Laurie Halse Anderson and will receive a free skype visit with the author.
At this point, Laurie has helped RAINN raise $5000, which ins one quarter of its goal of raising $20,000. Twenty thousand seems like a lot of money, and it is for a person, but for a cause like ending sexual violence and supports that affected by it, it’s not very much money at all when you think about how many lives are forever damaged by sexual assault.
Guys, men, boys, dudes, gentlemen, males, gents: It is time for us to step up for RAINN and causes like it. While not every survivor of sexual assault is female, most are. We all have women in out lives–mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins, friends–who have survived sexual assault. You probably don’t know which, because sexual assault is an under-reoported crime, and it survivors face far more social stigma than almost those who report almost any crime. Their assaults remain invisible even to those closest to them, and that has to end.
Please support RAINN by giving a small donation at the link above. If you aren’t in a position to do that, then spread the word by forwarding the info below on social media. Better yet, buy or check out a copy of SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson. Read it, then share it with your fathers, brothers, sons, nephews, cousins, and friends. If sexual assault is to be overcome, then everyone must be part of the solution, and the solution begins with understudying so that when the women we love need to speak, we will know how to listen.
Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
Help Laurie and RAINN give survivors a voice by donating to the #Speak4RAINN campaign. Just $10 provides support for one victim via the National Sexual Assault Hotline. Check out RAINN’s donation page for great incentives like signed books and a manuscript critique by Laurie. The more money you give, the more people we can help.