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Fundraising for Rape Crisis Centers

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

(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.

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