Photos from the Launch

Bronwyn Lovell reading '20 Contributing Factors'

Bronwyn Lovell reading ’20 Contributing Factors’

Matt James reading at the Launch

Matt James reading at the Launch

Guests at the Launch

Guests at the Launch

Jen Kingwell performing at the Launch

Jen Kingwell performing at the Launch

Carolyn Worth, Manager of SECasa, speaking at the Launch

Carolyn Worth, Manager of SECasa, speaking at the Launch


Kate speaking at the Launch

Kate speaking at the Launch

Thank you to everyone who came! More – including speeches and poetry from the night – coming soon.


The Launch!

Launch Invite

You are invited to the launch of We Will Not Go Quietly: a zine by survivors of sexual violence, for survivors of sexual violence.

When: Wednesday 20 February 2013 (World Social Justice Day)
From 6.30 pm (for a 7pm start) – 8pm

Where: Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

RSVP to Kate or Matt at by 11 February 2013

It’s coming to life! Prototype revealed

Dear wonderful WWNGQ contributors and supporters,

Firstly a HUGE THANK YOU from Mel and I to each and every one of you who has come on board and generously put your hard earned $ into this project. We are thrilled and delighted by the generous support we have received so far and are deeply grateful to all of you for helping us bring this project to life.

We thought we’d send you an update to show you as We Will Not Go Quietly starts to come together. Below is a picture of promotional flyers we’ve been printing up and distributing, and also the prototype – our very first hard copy of the publication!

Prototype revealed

We’ll have more exciting updates to share with you soon so stay tuned.

Until then, please keep sharing the campaign with your friends and networkswe’re only $500 off our target! To support please visit

With gratitude,
Your WWNGQ Editors
Kate and Mel

Finally … an update!

We are delighted to let you know that we are preparing for the imminent launch – at last! – of We Will Not Go Quietly – both in print and online!
We know it’s taken us a little while – there have been delays and ups and downs and all sorts of distractions, but we’ve kept working away, whenever we could and we’re almost there.
Our hope is to launch the zine and the – new! – accompanying website during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence (25 Nov – Dec 10).
Our other hope is to print as many copies of We Will Not Go Quietly as possible and distribute it as widely as we can. Our plan is to distribute it for free so that it is as accessible as possible.
Which brings us to the next stage …
Currently, quotes for printing are as follows:
– 250 copies: $1,600
– 500 copies: $3,100
– 1,000 copies: $6,000

To date we have funded We Will Not Go Quietly entirely out of our own pockets but alone we can only afford (and barely!) to print 250 copies.
And so, we were wondering, would you be willing to contribute to the printing of We Will Not Go Quietly?
Please let us know your thoughts about this idea and whether you would be willing to help us fund the printing of We Will Not Go Quietly. Every little bit counts! Every donations has the potential to mean another copy of this vital – and amazing – resource out in the world, creating the change we all hope to see – a world without sexual violence.
We look forward to bringing the final product to you ASAP!

Seeking a designer

Howdy folks!

Contributions have been sent and received, read and marvelled at – we are overwhelmed and awe-struck by the wonderful submissions we have been presented with and are simply thrilled to have so much wonderful material to work with and present under the banner of We Will Not Go Quietly.

We are working our way through the editing and compilation process, slowly but surely. However, now we find ourselves seeking a designer, someone to help us assemble this extraordinary collection of materials into a powerful, readable format.

We’d love to hear from any designer who’d be willing to support We Will Not Go Quietly. Equally, we’d love to hear any suggestions as to designers you think we may like to work with.

Please do get in touch ( if you are a designer with an interest in supporting this vital project or alternatively if you know a designer to recommend!

Many thanks,
Mel and Kate

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  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
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: 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