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Fundraising for Rape Crisis Centers

Mermaid

Welcome to my not-a-raffle to raise money for rape crisis centers.

April is sexual assault awareness month. I had planned to raffle off an autographed advance review copy of Red Hood’s Revenge [B&N | Mysterious Galaxy | Amazon] with the only requirement being a donation to the Rape Abuse Incest National Network. As it turns out, Michigan law may or may not make that illegal. (I’ve been told both, and the office stopped answering my e-mails.)

So I’m doing things a little differently. I am asking you to make a donation, either to RAINN or to your local rape crisis center. Many places will allow you to donate online. But donations are not required. (You hear that, Michigan Charitable Gaming Office?) Anyone can enter to win the book by e-mailing me at endrape@jimchines.com.

If you do make a donation, please mention that in the e-mail and let me know how much you gave. I don’t care if it’s $1 or $1000, and it makes no difference to the drawing, but I’d like to be able to post a running tally of how much money we’ve raised.

The winner will be drawn at random from all entries on April 16. One e-mail per person, please.

If you’d like to spread the word, you can copy and paste the following into your blog. Feel free to modify as needed.

If you prefer a smaller version of the graphic, replace 1-in-4.jpg with 1-in-4-Sm.jpg for a 175 x 243 copy.

A few statistics:

The Sexual Victimization of College Women, Page 10: “Over the course of a college career — which now lasts an average of 5 years — the percentage of completed or attempted rape victimization among women in higher educational institutions might climb to between one-fifth and one-quarter.”

World Health Organization report on Violence Against Women: “In a random sample of 420 women in Toronto, Canada, 40% reported at least one episode of forced sexual intercourse since the age of 16.”

Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, page 3: “1 of 6 U.S. women … experienced an attempted or completed rape.” (14.8% reported completed, 2.8% reported attempted only.)

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Comments

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shadesong
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Posted! With the note that sponsoring me in the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's Walk for Change would totally count...
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
mtlawson
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks as always for doing this, Jim.

My brain must be working strange today, as I read "not-a-raffle" and thought "nuttafinger!" from A Christmas Story.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
For my next fundraiser, I'll be giving away a very special lamp I found...
mtlawson
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
"The soft glow of electric sex in the window...."
maryosmanski
Apr. 2nd, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
I'll be giving away a very special lamp I found...

Does Mindy Klasky know about this? ;-)


jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Snarf!
silk_noir
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Boosted.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
controuble
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Posted and emailed.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
E-mail just showed up. Thank you x 2!
sarukie.myopenid.com
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Deftly seized while you were looking the other way. Cloned, returned, and now the original sits on my blog. And I'm not giving it back.

;)
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 02:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Also, "Starship Troopers on crack" is a very nice description for Old Man's War :-)
browngirl
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely excellent of you!
tsubaki_ny
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:28 pm (UTC)
Facebooked.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
stone_bitch
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
Also facebooked as well.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
avalonestel
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
You. Are. Awesome.

Re-posted on my own LJ, off to make a donation.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
finnyb
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
I, too, have posted about this on my LJ (and e-mailed). Raising awareness is good.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Very much appreciated, and your e-mail has been received (and answered).
finnyb
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome! (And very fast at replying to stuff!)
realmjit
Apr. 2nd, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
I think the WHO stats are closer to reality than the others.
jimhines
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
They're closer to my personal experience. But I wanted to stick to statistics where I could link to the actual research/reports. There are a lot of oft-quoted numbers out there; unfortunately, it's hard to track down the source for a lot of it.
fireun
Apr. 2nd, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Boosted.
Thanks for setting this up. Those of us who have unfortunate experience in that sort of encounter appreciate it.

Edited at 2010-04-02 05:27 pm (UTC)
jimhines
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the signal boost.

I wish it wasn't needed...
anna_sinistra
Apr. 2nd, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Donated and emailed.
dragovianknight
Apr. 2nd, 2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Signal boosting, and will be making a donation tonight
glynisj
Apr. 2nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Put in a post for your not-a-raffle on my blog. You can view it at http://impressions.blogetery.com/index.php/2010/04/02/sexual-assault-awareness-month/.
dsmoen
Apr. 2nd, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC)
As a rape victim, thank you.
nagasvoice
Apr. 2nd, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and signal boost added to my DW and lj accounts.
phoenixfirewolf
Apr. 3rd, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
posted on FB and LJ.
(Deleted comment)
i_amsherlocked
Apr. 3rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Re: I was one out of four. Twice.
You are not alone sister.
celestineangel
Apr. 3rd, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
LiveJournaled and Facebooked and soon to be Tweeted if my iPhone will work correctly.
alleahna
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Signal boosted and donation made.
amagiclantern
Apr. 3rd, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Posted. I'll be donating anyway, but would like to know in case any facebook friends in my region (SE Asia) ask, does the offer extend beyond the US?
jimhines
Apr. 3rd, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Yes. I'll cover international shipping for this one, should the winner be outside of the U.S.
i_amsherlocked
Apr. 3rd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Posted and Facebooked!
deborahblakehps
Apr. 4th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Jim,
I posted this over at my blog, along with the "Rape Recovery Spell" from my upcoming EVERYDAY WITCH A TO Z SPELLBOOK. If any of your readers are pagans, they may want to go take a look.

And yes, I'm guessing Mindy Klasky knows about your lamp comment, since she signal-boosted over on her blog as well :-)

*Big hugs* to all who have been touched by this violent crime. 1 out of 4.
deborahblakehps
Apr. 5th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
jimhines
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(Anonymous)
Apr. 5th, 2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
The culture
While I think this is a great project I would like to see women and men work together to raise generations of young men and women who are not rapists and to effectively reduce fears or sexual and nonsexual violence in general. I think a lot of rapists take the attitude that they are being kinder and gentler to women by raping rather than just fighting them with nonsexual violence - that's probably mostly the gentler rapists, but even women rape victims in war torn nations are often raped as a bizarre blend of "more mercy to the women" and "just torture the women differently from what we do to the other men" type of attitudes. I think women also need to continue to take responsibility for not being sexual assailants ourselves and for not blaming victims of sexual assault and not ignoring possible underlying causes. Together, with the right attitudes and social behaviors we can solve this problem without demonizing either men or women, boys or girls.
bunny_m
Apr. 7th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
Boosted the signal.

Sadly I can't afford to donate anything at the moment, but I hope I can help bring this to the attention of people who can.

One person in a thousand is far too many. =[
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Good idea and good links
Thanks not only for the fund-raising but for posting links with actual data and methodology. I'd only seen unsourced versions of these numbers, and was suspicious that they'd been exaggerated to get people to pay attention to the (real and serious) problem.
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