I've had several short-term experiences being part of a group blog and the vibrancy of a group of people is great. Rather than waiting for someone else to invite me to join in again, I want to invite other sexual assault and sexual abuse survivors as primary participants in this group blog.
Because those who have never been the victims of a sex crime have a huge impact on this type of violence, I am also inviting those non-survivors who relate to the reality of the problem of sexual and gender violence -- and who respect others who have experienced violence -- to apply to join me in this group blog with the understanding that they are at one degree of separation or more from this serious problem.
Update: Right now for those who are not survivors of sexual violence I am limiting co-bloggers to those who bring personal insights or expertise related to sexual violence. For those this change excludes any posts which would have been appropriate here can still be nominated to the Carnival Against Sexual Violence.
Because of logistical issues, all co-bloggers will need blogger ids so they can publish their own content.
The description for Remodel4Life is: A blog for those willing to think about how to make the world a safer place without making potential victims of sexual violence stop living full healthy lives.
The simplest way to do this while allowing the most people to participate is to have limited commitments with cross-posts welcome. Contributors can participate for one post, one week, or one month or on a periodic basis. Each person gets to decide whether to allow or disable comments on their posts.
The rules of participation boil down to maintaining basic respect for yourself and for others. No victim blaming or bashing. No feminist bashing. No flaming or threats -- direct or indirect. No turf wars. No denying or minimizing of other people's experiences. No impersonating others. No patronizing advice to victims or survivors. Other than fair use quotes, you need to own the copyright for your posts. You can remain anonymous for privacy reasons, but anonymous attacks on other individuals are not allowed.
I'm not sure if there is any such thing as a safe space, but there can be a respectful space. Anger is allowed but it needs to be a respectful anger.
The goal of this blog is to focus primarily on what we as individuals or members of different groups can do. This includes supporting changes in the law, calling out those who support victim blaming, identifying harmful behaviors (without victim blaming), and challenging the way some or all of those victimized are treated. It also includes cheering those inside and outside of the blogosphere who are making a positive difference.
If this goal is something you support and you are interested in joining or have questions, please leave a comment with a link to your writing. If you want your comment to be for me only, please indicate that somewhere in your comment and provide your email address so I can respond to you.
Note: This will absolutely NOT be a debate blog where those who deny or minimize the reality and scope of sexual and domestic violence will get an equal voice. There are already plenty of venues for those interested in debate.