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We’re speaking out

So, the first deadline for submissions has closed and we have been awestruck by the extraordinary responses we have received. Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far.

While we have received a great range of responses to our call out, we would like to extend the deadline and encourage further responses, so, if you’re still considering sending something in, the good news is, it’s not too late!

We would especially welcome visual expressions on surviving sexual assault – artwork, photos, illustrations, comics etc.

Second round contributions are requested by 28 August 2011 and can be submitted to wewillnotgoquietlyzine@gmail.com  As before, please keep contributions to no longer than 1,500 words (no contribution is too short or too small) and anonymous contributions are welcome.

From here we commence collecting, collating and editing submissions. Any offers of support through this phase would be warmly welcomed! Especially offers of assistance with design and layout – anyone with experience in these areas who would be interested in contributing to We Will Not Go Quietly please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Thank you to each and every contributor and supporter thus far. We are so excited to take We Will Not Go Quietly into the next phase and already we can affirm the difference this project is making. Telling our stories changes the world. Together we can make the world a safer place for all of us.

So, let’s keep going. Please stay in touch with us and any ideas, contributions or suggestions you have, do pass on to us. We will post a further update shortly!

With love,
Kate and Mel
Editors
We Will Not Go Quietly

It’s our right to be heard

We Will Not Go Quietly will be a zine written by survivors of sexual assault, for survivors of sexual assault.

Dreamt up by two victim/survivors – Mel Hughes (of Poetry 101) and Kate Ravenscroft (of 16 Impacts of Sexual Assault) – who mourn the absence of survivors’ voices in their world and want to do something about it, they are seeking stories of survival from sexual assault survivors for publication in a small zine.

Contributions can take any form – poetry, essay, artwork, manifesto, stream of consciousness, narrative, recipes, battle cry, puzzles, comics, photos – anyway you choose to reflect upon and represent your experience of survival, anyway you want to share how you’ve set about rebuilding life on your terms, is welcome.

Some themes that we’d love to see covered in the zine include:

  • Finding safety
  • Battling PTSD
  • Coping mechanisms
  • Perpetrator-repelling
  • Building strength
  • Believing your voice, your story
  • Learning to trust your instincts
  • Recognising your courage
  • Asking for support
  • Telling your story
But by no means stop here. Whatever has been important to you in surviving – we want to hear about it. Contributions can be submitted to: wewillnotgoquietlyzine@gmail.com preferably by 31 July 2011. We welcome anonymous contributions, or the use of pseudonyms.

Questions? Ideas? Comments? We’d love to hear them! Feel free to post them here or to email them. We welcome all feedback. [WeWillNotGoQuietly_pressrelease]

Because our voices matter. Because our voices deserve to be heard. Because our voices will be heard – we’ll make sure of it.    
Mel & Kate