All auctions run til 11:59pm EST on Monday, July 27th! Watch my LJ from 9am EST Saturday 7/25 to 9am Sunday July 26th - every half hour, I'll post the flash fiction and poetry that inspired these pieces (and some brand-new stuff)!
All proceeds go to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
! (When the auctions end, I'll notify winners; donate the amount of the winning bid to BARCC and send me the receipt.)
Note: Anonymous commenting is enabled, but you must sign your comments! And please bid up in the thread
- reply to the previous bidder, so they know they're being bid up!
Why BARCC? Because BARCC is an amazing organization committed to helping survivors of rape and sexual assault and
effecting social change to dismantle rape culture.
I've been a survivor speaker for BARCC for two years. I don't just give my survivor speech - though that's powerful in itself! The survivor speech is followed by a Q&A which is often the first time people in the audience have felt able to ask questions of a rape survivor. This can be tremendously valuable not just for the audiences of high school or college kids, but for audiences like police, emergency physicians, nurses, first responders - people who see the survivor in those first raw horrible hours and need
to know how best to do their jobs, and have questions that can often only
be answered by us. The Survivor Speakers Bureau kicks ass. We are fearsomely brave women who eviscerate ourselves so that others can learn, and can help others.
But I also love love love my work in community education and prevention. I love manning a table at street fairs and getting people to talk about a subject that's so often taboo. I love helping people make their Clothesline Project shirts. I love running workshops on building and maintaining healthy boundaries, and dissecting why high schoolers do and say the things they do, and how *they* can help change our culture. (I love the high school workshops; the kids talk
to me with my middle-school height and my Docs and silly t-shirts.)
This is such important work.
You have heard the statistics. Per a Department of Justice survey in 2000, 1 in 6 women and 1 in 33 men reported experiencing an attempted or completed rape at some time in their lives. In Massachusetts alone, 4,418 adolescents and adults are sexually assaulted each year - that’s 12 people each day and one every two hours. BARCC covers the biggest population center of Massachusetts, and its coverage area stretches quite a bit - is why it's the Boston Area
Rape Crisis Center.
So 12 people a day. And if they call a rape crisis center - we're who they call.
If you call BARCC after a sexual assault, we will have someone meet you at the hospital and stay with you through your exam, through talking to the police. We will give you up to a dozen sessions of in-person counseling, free of charge. We can get you into group therapy. We can talk you through the night. We are deeply, deeply committed to being there for you, and for your loved ones - because this doesn't occur in a vacuum, and we know it. We have resources for your partner, your roommate, your mom.
We are on the street, helping communities develop their own programs. We're in your schools. We're everywhere. We are ~100 fiercely committed volunteers, working with a staff of dozens to change our world
These programs, dear reader, cost money. BARCC is fortunate in its volunteers! But all of the materials we give out at those street fairs cost money. It costs money to run the office itself. You know this.
We're doing amazing work. We kick ass.
We need your help.
The state has cut funding across the board, for BARCC and all of the organizations like it. About 30%. *wince* Keep in mind that rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence rates go up
dramatically in times of economic crisis. We have less funding to help more people. And it's not just that those rates go up - it's that we community education volunteers are damn good at our jobs, and therefore BARCC's visibility is going up all the time. More people are aware of us, so more people are calling.
So here's your chance to get some truly nifty things for a really good cause. Bid! And spread the word!
Thank you so much!