Those of you who have followed this blog for ages know that I was one of many authors (and others) to Speak Loudly for the book Speak (by Laurie Halse Anderson) when it faced a censorship challenge. I tweeted and Facebooked about it, and wrote an opinion piece about the initiative for AOL News.
Starting today, in honor of Speak, the publisher Macmillan is partnering with RAINN (the Rape and Incest National Network) in a Matching Donation Campaign to raise funds for the RAINN organization and awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2013.
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and Laurie, a longtime supporter, is committed to furthering their goal of giving every victim of sexual violence a voice. The campaign launches April 2 (coinciding with the National Sexual Assault and Awareness Day of Action) and will run through the month of April. Macmillan will match up to $10,000 in donations and will also be facilitating several incentives programs, including a ‘How Speak Spoke to Me’ creative contest, signed book giveaways, a manuscript review (by Laurie) and a chance for the school that raises the most money to win a visit from Laurie.
I hope you'll support this important initiative, and help give a voice to those who need it most. You can learn more about the #Speak4RAINN Campaign HERE.