Overwhelmed

It’s amazing to think that it was only 2 1/2 months ago that aylah50 and coldplaywhore decided to do this little charity effort. They had small goals – wanted to gain some awareness for Sexual Assault Charities worldwide and raise a bit of money for them in return.

As of this morning, Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness has raised over $3,500 USD in donations. We have over a month to go until the cut off date for donations (May 31st) and we hope to raise $5,000 USD in total, so if you haven’t yet donated, please do so by heading to our “Where To Donate” page and choosing a charity of your choice to donate to.

In May we will be doing a blog post with teasers from our authors, so make sure you follow us on twitter: fandom4saa. If you are an author and would like to submit a teaser, please email your teaser to us at fandom4saa@gmail.com.

Also, we were recently made aware of a very interesting article entitled “20 Ways To Lessen Your Risk of Sexual Assault” and recommend you check it out!

-aylah50 and coldplaywhore

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Take Back The Night

One of the charities we have featured on our donation page is Take Back the Night, and since they have been gracious enough to contact us and thank us for our support, we thought it would be nice to highlight their charity.

Why Take Back the Night?

A woman walks alone down a dark, deserted street. With every shadow she sees, and every sound she hears, her pounding heart flutters and skips a beat. She hurries her pace as she sees her destination become closer. She is almost there. She reaches the front door, goes inside, collects herself, and moves on forgetting, at least for tonight, the gripping fear that momentarily enveloped her life. This scene could have occurred anywhere last night, last year, or even 100 years ago. Historically, women faced the anxiety of walking alone at night and that is why Take Back the Night began.

Take Back the Night started in Europe, and then spread to Rome and Bombay with our “Reclaim the Night” slogan as part of our international tribunal on ending violence against women in the 60’s and 70’s. Next, it expanded to San Francisco, Pittsburg, Toronto and Vancouver. Around the same time we added the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina. South Africa has a small chapter. The Take Back the Night Foundation: http://www.takebackthenight.org is an international organization that supports events all over the world.

Local events are at the heart of Take Back the Night. Advocates at rallies, marches, candlelight vigils and speak outs around the globe embody the spirit of TBTN to empower and support survivors, raise awareness, help those in pain, and assert that it is wrong for people to live in fear. For more information on a local even that may be near you visit the TBTN Online Calendar. There are dozens of events all over the United States in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

If you want to make a donation to Take Back the Night, click here. Once you have donated a minimum of $5, send a copy of your receipt confirmation to us at fandom4saa@gmail.com.

– Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness

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Official Start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 1st marks the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month! How can you show your support for such a wonderful cause?
First of all, you can add a Sexual Assault Awareness twibbon to your twitter or Facebook avatar. Here‘s where you can find out how!
You can also follow The National Sexual Violence Resource Center on twitter at @NSVRC. They provide information about sexual violence through collaboration, prevention and resources. Follow them to get additional info & resources on how to get involved!
You can stay informed! Read here what the U.S. Department of Justice & the Office on Violence Against Women has to say on supporting Sexual Assault Awareness Month! Click here to read President Obama’s proclamation declaring April as National Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month.
And don’t forget to make a donation to one of the many international charities supporting Sexual Assault Awareness! As little as a $5 donation will make a difference and it will also get you a copy of the Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness Author Compilation that will be released at the end of June!
It’s time… to get involved!
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Banner Services

So… you’ve decided to write a story for Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness and thought to yourself, ‘Wouldn’t it be sweet if I had a banner to go with it?’ But wait… you don’t actually know anyone whose that creative or would be willing to help you out. We know those people and they want to help!!

The lovely crew over at TwiFicPics have created a service called Banners For Causes. Through their site, you can request a banner, only if you do not already have a banner available for your story, and they are only for stories written specifically for charity.

Their website is very user friendly and there’s even a tutorial about how to request a banner. So head on over and get your

self some art! Bear in mind, it is not mandatory to have a banner made for your story, we just think it’s the icing on the cake!

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Official Start of Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness

March 1st marks the first official day for the efforts of Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness.

As of this morning, we had over 90 fabulous and giving authors confirmed to donate either a one shot, outtake or original fiction for our compilation. We have also managed to raise, without much promotion mind you, over $500 USD. This is wonderful and we are so excited to spend the next 3 months, yes… 3 months, raising money and awareness for this superb cause.

Keep an eye on the list of authors, as we are still hunting down people to encourage them to donate their time and effort to our compilation. If you would like to contribute, please click here and fill out the form towards the bottom of the page. More information for authors can be found under the ‘Contributing Authors’ page.

If you would like to donate towards the cause, we encourage you to donate as much as you can, but as little as $5 gets you the completed compilation when it is done at the end of June. Please donate to a sexual assault charity in your home country and email us a copy of the receipt at fandom4saa@gmail.com. We will send you a confirmation via email once your donation has been processed for our records.

Also, we encourage you to keep an eye on our calendar of events. We will be running a #readalong in April as well as taking over some wonderful blogs that have volunteered to help spread the word of Fandom For Sexual Assault Awareness. We have teamed up with the great women over at TwiFicTrivia to take over their trivia contest for the month of April. Each question asked in that month will be from an author who is contributing to our efforts… yet another great reason to sign up to be a contributing author!

If you have any suggestions for fandom events, other ways to raise awareness or money for our cause, please contact us!

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Blinkies & AVI’s

Again, the generosity of the fandom completely overwhelms us. We are nearing 50 authors signed up to contribute to our compilation and we love each and every single one of them. Heck, we’ve hardly promoted our cause and we’ve already got $100 in donations.

The lovely HeatherDawn, who made our header banner, has also made a blinkie and an AVI for our cause. We encourage you to post the blinkie on your blogs, Twilighted pages etc… to help promote the cause. Feel free to use the AVI for any of your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter etc…

Each time someone tweets us, emails us or makes a positive comment, it reminds us how truly giving and exceptional the fandom is. You guys make all our hard work worthwhile!

-aylah50 & coldplaywhore

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Thanks so much

We have to admit, we’re a little shocked by the amount of interest we’ve had in our small charity fundraiser in the past 24 hours. It’s been overwhelming and awesome, to say the least. We’re nearing 20 authors signed up and we have been diligently emailing, PM’ing and contacting dozens of others to get their help. Hell, we’ve even received our first donation receipt! Thanks Tyra 🙂

Another thing that surprises us is the number of people who have informed us that either they, or someone they know, has either been assaulted or directly effected by sexual assault.  It’s this that makes us proud and even more diligent to do a great job to raise both awareness and money for such an important cause.

If you want to donate, please check out our Where to Donate page. We encourage you to donate as little as $5 to a sexual assault charity in your country and then email the receipt / confirmation to us at fandom4saa@gmail.com.

If you want to write something for our author compilation, please visit our Contributing Authors Info page and fill out the form at the bottom. You have until June 15th to write a one shot, outtake from an existing story or original fiction between 2,000 – 10,000 words.

We understand there are several other worthy fandom charities running at the moment, but we would truly appreciate your support!

Thanks so much for everything you have done already!

-aylah50 & coldplaywhore

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