WEconSent: Stories of Survival, Response and Intervention
WeConsent is soliciting stories from survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking and commentary from the community about these issues. We invite submissions of poetry, art work, photography and personal narratives from students who have been directly and indirectly affected by this issue to discuss how sexual violence has touched their lives.
The zine will be used in a variety of settings to raise dialogue about sexual violence in all its forms; including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. Your story will have the opportunity to touch the lives of individuals and foster dialogue around these important issues.This project will continue into the fall, but we aim to have a draft for use in Fall 2013 orientation.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sharing your story with the world can be a difficult but very empowering decision.
Your words can inform and inspire other survivors and the
Wesleyan community to raise awareness about the issue.
Share your thoughts about rape culture.
Tell us about how you’ve supported a friend, partner or family
member in the aftermath of sexual violence.
How do you keep consent sexy?
What does a campus without violence look like?
Words of support for survivors.
Tell us your successful bystander intervention story.
All submissions are published anonymously; however, you are required to sign a release form to grant us permission to use your submission. The only person who will know your identity is the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator, Alysha B. Warren.
Submissions should tell your unique story and what you wish to share with the community. All forms of expression are encouraged (narratives, poetry, artwork, favorite quotations, etc.). We hope to publish submissions that represent the diversity of Wesleyan: a variety of identities, experiences and responses. The only substantial editing we will do is for any incriminating statements so please avoid naming specific people, clubs or organizations. We will not publish material that is victim-blaming.
- There are two (2) ways to submit your experience:
- Email your submission (Word document, jpeg, etc.) to Alysha B. Warren at awarren(at)wes. Reference “It Happened Here” in the subject line.
- Submit directly to our blog – www.weconsent.blogs.wesleyan.edu and indicate that you also want it included in the zine.
- Your submission will be reviewed for content. Do not name specific people, clubs or organizations or include other identifying information.
Disclosing your experience may be upsetting and support is available:
Alysha B. Warren, LPC*
Therapist/Sexual Assault Response Coordinator
Counseling and Psychological Services
Office hours: 8:30am-4:30pm. Crisis hours are available each day and therapists are on-call after hours each evening and on weekends.
Rachel Verner, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Intern
Women and Families Center*
24 Hour Hotline: 888.999.5545
Please email awarren(at) wes with questions.
Thank you for your submissions and your efforts to end sexual violence.