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So I know it’s been a while - I’ve had life and school stuff to contend with and just not really time for tumblr. But as we are sitting snugly and excitedly in the middle of this year’s Project for Awesome, I thought I should make a post talking about my video this year.
Before I get in to my video I want to say: whatever P4A videos you watch this year, DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT. Youtube comments on the video raise 1 penny each, which John and Hank will personally be donating. SO GO COMMENT. And say something nice about the video, because being nice to fellow youtubers decreases worldsuck too.
This is my first year making a video for P4A, and this increased involvement has brought me so much closer to fellow creators and fostered a warm and fuzzy sense of community in me. This event is one truly appropriate use of the word “awesome.”
(trigger warning for sexual & interpersonal violence) My video this year promotes RAINN - Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. Watch the video for information about the organization and its excellent affiliates - here I want to talk a little bit more (from a very personal place) about why these organizations are so important.
John and Hank have framed P4A in terms of creating opportunities for those who otherwise might not have them, of balancing out the severely unbalanced dynamics of privilege. To me, at the center of sexual and interpersonal violence is one person removing the strength, agency, sense of self, and/or sense of security and well-being from another, taking control over that person using sexual, physical, emotional, and verbal violence. In my experience as a survivor of these traumas (and please remember that everyone’s experience and handling of these traumas is different) - it feels as though these experiences have left me less of a person, less of my self, smaller and unsure and blocked psychologically from working to my full potential in all aspects of my life. It is therefore essential that survivors have access to counseling, advocacy, sheltering and medical services to help them heal physically and psychologically and protect them (as leaving an abusive situation can be a very dangerous time for the survivor). Without organizations like RAINN and its affiliates, these services would be extremely expensive and only accessible to a very small percentage of the people who need them. Please take the time to seek out your local RAINN affiliate and volunteer your time or money, or donate directly at rainn.org.
Thanks for watching/reading, have a great remainder of P4A, and DFTBA.
Below I’ve included a few relevant emergency hotline numbers:
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.4673
Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-843
Self Harm Hotline: 1-800-273-8255