Fundraising for Rape Crisis Centers

Donations as of 4/30/11: $1553

April is sexual assault awareness month.

Last year, I ran a fundraiser that raised more than $1500 in donations to various rape crisis centers. I would love to see if we can break $2000 this year.

Michigan law appears to prohibit raffles, so I’ll once again be using the unraffle model, giving away an advance review copy of The Snow Queen’s Shadow [Amazon | B&N | Mysterious Galaxy].

I am asking you to make a donation, either to RAINN or to your local rape crisis center. RAINN has announced that donations made at during the month of April will be doubled, meaning your donation goes twice as far. Many places will also allow you to donate online. But donations are not required to enter the drawing.

To enter, all you have to do is e-mail If you do make a donation, please mention that in the e-mail and let me know how much you gave. I don’t care if it’s $1 or $1000, and it makes no difference to the drawing, but I’ll be tracking and posting how much we’ve raised.

The winner will be drawn at random from all entries on April 30. One e-mail per person, please.

For every $500 raised (up to $5000), I’ll throw in an additional drawing for other prizes.

  • First Bonus Prize ($500): An autographed copy of Goblin Tales
  • Second Bonus Prize ($1000): A cameo role in Libriomancer
  • Third Bonus Prize ($1500): The first three books in my princess series (autographed, of course!)

If you’d like to spread the word, you can copy and paste the following into your blog, which will add a smaller version of the image above and a link back to the original post. Please feel free to modify as needed, and thank you.


A few statistics:

The Sexual Victimization of College Women, Page 10: “Over the course of a college career — which now lasts an average of 5 years — the percentage of completed or attempted rape victimization among women in higher educational institutions might climb to between one-fifth and one-quarter.”

World Health Organization report on Violence Against Women: “In a random sample of 420 women in Toronto, Canada, 40% reported at least one episode of forced sexual intercourse since the age of 16.”

Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences of Violence Against Women Survey, page 3: “1 of 6 U.S. women … experienced an attempted or completed rape.” (14.8% reported completed, 2.8% reported attempted only.)