Earlier this year, I asked for assistance from my readers if there was interest in seeing a regular website on the subject matter of this blog. I got some help and I am thrilled to announce that I purchased the domain name for this website and have begun development.
www.daterapeisrealrape.com (I also own .org in case what I'm doing goes beyond an individual effort)
Additional donations are welcome to offset hosting costs since they exceeded the donations I've received so far.
What is more important than financial support is feedback from other survivors of date rape and from survivors of other permutations of sexual violence on what information and resources are must includes on my upcoming website. I have content on over 20 pages which cover a variety of subtopics.
On launch day (whenever that will be) I want this website to be a useful resource and a useful starting point for both survivors and those who have never experienced sexual violence without any major gaps.
I have mixed feelings about advertising. Thoughts, suggestions?
What books and videos do you recommend for those who survived rape? For those who have a friend or family member who survived rape? For those who want to get beyond the myths and victim blaming? For law enforcement or other responders?
What YouTube videos do you recommend?
What research studies should be mentioned?
What's the best way for people to search their local jurisdiction for sex crime laws in the US and beyond? Are there any useful databases which should be linked to?
Some of the content from Abyss2hope will be on this new web site and some of it will linked to from the web site. Are there any pages which are must adds?
There are other individuals and organizations with related content and I want to be able to direct visitors to those who have relevant services and information. This includes resources for survivors of sexual violence which would never be described as date rape. Suggestions?
I have a take action section. Suggestions?
The section on reporting includes some information on the backlash date rape victims can face from police and others. I want to encourage reporting without sending rape victims in unprepared for what can be hostile treatment. No rape victim deserves to be treated like a criminal minus the rights given to suspected criminals.
I also want to educate responders so they will understand how practices which seem reasonable to them hurt rape victims. For those survivors who have had bad experiences what do you want responders to know about certain practices or behaviors?
Other suggestions are welcome.
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