A project I'm working on for a class (and which may end up being much further-reaching than the halls of Smith College, and longer-lasting than that of a final project):
Disclaimer: If submitting your story will in any way put you in danger, please do not attempt to do so until you can ensure your own safety.
I am in the process of creating a compilation blog to illustrate the various intersections of identity and societal influences that play a role in the differing experiences of domestic violence (including physical, sexual, emotional, or similar kinds of abuse). Instead of the largely white, heterosexual, middle-class stories of domestic violence that dominates the sphere of knowledge, this blog project will include a truly diverse array of experiences. Domestic violence is not limited to white/heterosexual/middle-class populations, and neither is this project.
I am therefore sending out a call for submissions. If you have been a victim of domestic violence (as defined, for the purposes of this project, above), or have been directly involved in another person’s experience of DV, and wish to speak out about your experiences, please email your submission to: speakup(dot)speakout(at)yahoo(dot)com
There are no style or length limitations. The one request I have is this: in order to aid in the reader’s (and my) understanding of your experience of DV, I would appreciate if you included your location in the world - e.g. a general geographic region, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural background, etc. Feel free to include as few or as many locators as you wish.
The deadline for submissions is: Monday, May 1, 2006.
More detailed information about the project is available at the blog: Speaking Up, Speaking Out…Against Domestic Violence. If you have further questions, feel free to email me at the address listed above.