Hello Commaful! I’m Andrew Pari, Executive Director of Sexual Assault Awareness (SAA) LLC and we are excited to be partnering with Commaful for April’s writing contest around Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). We look forward to reading your stories around themes of sexualized violence, whether it’s your own journey, your passion to create societal change about the treatment of survivors, political action, women’s rights, or a unique take of your own!
I’ll be assisting in the selection of entries to highlight and promote here on Commaful AND will promote the contest winners across our SAA website and social media platforms.
Writing and reading on sexualized violence can raise difficult feelings for survivors. I want to add a special note that SAA will be available for personal outreach should you feel uncomfortable or triggered. You can receive support through the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) at their website, rainn.org
, or through the National Hotline, (800) 656-HOPE. For psychotherapy support, contact SAA through our website: www.saawareness.com
or by phone: 661/874-7950.
I am thrilled to be this month’s sponsor and look forward to reading your stories with care and sensitivity! Good Luck on your writing and your journey!
Andrew began Sexual Assault Awareness (SAA) in 2014 to provide psychotherapy, training, and to advance his cause to remove “shame” from our national discussions on sexual trauma, whether it’s about sexual assault, sex trafficking, or understanding sex work. A national pioneer in addressing many of the “taboo” or difficult conversations around sexualized violence, Andrew has provided sex-positive, science-based, sexual assault recovery for over 25 years’, including specialized populations in the sex industry and victims of trafficking.
Sexual Assault Awareness’ motto is: “Ending Shame. Ending Stigma. Ending Sexualized Violence.”
Please be sensitive with your stories and poems as well as your comments on these posts as many can be very personal. Stories and poems must not have any "graphic" descriptions and must not encourage violence, assault, self-harm, hate, etc. Stories and poems are all welcome.
Winners will be featured on the Sexual Assault Awareness site and shouted out on Commaful social media pages.