Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
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Join forces with Laurie to raise funds and connect survivors with the help they need. Visit the RAINN website to donate now. All donations to made to #Speak4RAINN during the month of April will be matched up to $10,000 by Macmillan.
The “How Speak Spoke to Me” Creative Contest
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.
CONTEST IS OPEN TO STUDENTS AGES 13-25 WHO ARE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF 50 UNITED STATES (& DC). PARENTAL PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR ENTRANTS UNDER 18. US LAWS GOVERN THE CONTEST. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
1. Contest Start and End Dates. The “How Speak Spoke to Me” contest (“Contest”) begins on April 2, 2013 and ends on June 15, 2013. All entries must be postmarked by June 15th and received by June 21, 2013 to be eligible.
2. Your Creative Submission. Your Contest submission must be an original creative work/ work of art, created by you alone. All types of creative works will be accepted, including literary works, works of visual arts, musical works, multimedia works, etc. However, your creative work must adhere to the Content Guidelines and Restrictions set forth below. By entering the Contest, entrants (and parents/legal guardians) fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.
Your creative work shall be referred to in these Official Rules as your “Submission.” Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (“Sponsor”) reserves the right to cancel or modify this Contest in the event an insufficient number of entries are received that meet the minimum judging criteria.
3. How to Enter the Contest (may require parental consent if entrant is under 18).
First, download the official entry form, and, if necessary, a parental release form.
Second, to enter the Contest, mail the entry form, parental release form (if necessary) and your Submission with proper postage to:
“How Speak Spoke to Me” Creative Contest
Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
175 5th Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10010
By entering the Contest, each entrant (and parent/legal guardian, if applicable) warrants and represents the following with respect to their Submission: (a) entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the Submission; (b) the Submission is entrant’s own creation and is 100% original; (c) the Submission will not infringe on any rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity and/or any other intellectual property right; (d) the Submission complies with the Content Guidelines and Restrictions (defined below); and (e) the Submission has not been submitted previously in a contest of any kind, won any kind of award and/or been exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.
Limit one (1) Submission per person. Receipt of Submissions will not be acknowledged. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, stolen, incomplete, invalid, postage-due, or misdirected entries, or for problems of any kind. Submissions must be accompanied by fully completed entry forms to be eligible.
Returns: If you want your Submission returned to you after the Contest, please include instructions re: the return and include a self-addressed, properly stamped, envelope in which Sponsor may return your Submission. You assume all risks in the mailing/shipping of your Submission.
4. Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions. By entering the Contest, each entrant agrees that his or her Submission conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the “Content Guidelines and Restrictions”) and that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove any Submission and disqualify an entrant from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that the entrant’s Submission fails to conform to the Guidelines and Restrictions.
Submission Guidelines: (entries w/o a fully completed entry form will be disqualified)
• Literary Works: Must be typed, 12 point, double-spaced, on white 8 ½ x 11 paper, one copy. A statement of how the piece is relevant to the contest topic must be submitted with the text on the entry form.
• Visual Art Works: Submissions of sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings will be classified as visual art. A statement of how the piece is relevant to the contest topic must be submitted with the text on the entry form.
• Multimedia/Musical Works: Submissions of video and song will be classified as multimedia. A statement of how the piece is relevant to the contest topic must be submitted with the text on the entry form. Entries without an entry form will be disqualified.
A Submission cannot have been submitted previously in a promotion of any kind, won any award or been exhibited or displayed publicly through any means.
• The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity or any other intellectual property rights;
• The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by entrant;
• The Submission must not contain material that is hateful, inappropriate, indecent, obscene, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
• The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
• The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where Submission is created.
Entrants acknowledge that other entrants may have used ideas and/or concepts in their Submission that may have similarities to ideas or concepts included in entrant’s Submission, and entrants understand and agree that they shall not in any way be entitled to any compensation because of any such similarities. Sponsor’s decisions are final and binding in all matters relating to this Contest, including interpretation and application of these Official Rules.
5. Eligibility Details. Only students ages 13 to (and including) 25 years olds who are legal residents of the fifty United States or the District of Columbia are eligible to enter the Contest. The Contest is void outside of the 50 United States (& DC), and where prohibited or restricted by law. Children or family members of employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, its parent company and affiliates are not eligible to enter. Only individuals can enter. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry, for whatever reason, including, but not limited to, a perceived or actual conflict of interest. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
6. Judging/Judging Criteria. All Submissions will be judged by a panel of qualified judges selected by Sponsor. All Submissions will be judged based on the following equally-weighted judging criteria: (a) creativity, (b) originality and (c) quality. By entering the Contest, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the judges, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify Submissions that are inappropriate for any reason, including without limitation, for depicting violence, drugs, alcohol and/or inappropriate language.
7. License/Ownership. By entering a Submission in the Contest, each entrant (and parent/legal guardian) grants Sponsor an irrevocable, nonexclusive, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free right and license (with the right to sub-license) to use, display, publicly perform, modify, reproduce, publish, distribute, make derivative works of, sublicense or otherwise commercially and non-commercially exploit the Submission. If applicable, and only if necessary, Submissions may be edited, reformatted, rearranged, combined with other materials and/or otherwise modified, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Entrant understands that Submission may be displayed for public viewing as part of the Contest. In addition, by entering, entrants agree to the use by Sponsor and its representatives of their names, likenesses, biographical information, Submissions and/or statements for purposes of advertising, trade, or promotion without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. As a condition to receiving the Contest prize, winner may be required to execute an assignment transferring and assigning all of their rights, title and interest to the Submission, including but not limited to any copyrights or other intellectual property rights therein.
8. Prizes. One (1) Prize: Prize winner will have the opportunity to have the author Laurie Halse Anderson visit the winner’s classroom through by online video chat. The prize has no monetary value. The time and date of the video chat to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.
9. Notification. Winner will be notified by mail on or about September 1, 2013 and the winner (or parent or legal guardian of the winner) will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release and/or rights transfer document within ten (10) days of prize notification. If any winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner rejects his/her prize or in the event of noncompliance with these Contest rules and requirements, such prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to the Submission with the next highest score. Upon prize forfeiture, no prize will be awarded and no compensation will be given.
10. Conditions/Release. Sponsor shall not be liable or responsible in the event any entrant or winner’s Submission is not used for any reason. Submissions may be cut, edited, reformatted, rearranged, combined with other materials and/or otherwise modified, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Participation in Contest and acceptance of prize constitutes entrant’s and winner’s permission for Sponsor to use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information, Submission and/or any statements regarding the Contest or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. By participating, entrants and winner agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, RAINN, each of their partners and promotion and advertising agencies and each of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors (collectively, the “Released Entities”), from any and all liability, for loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death which may occur in connection with, preparation for, or participation in Contest, or possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize or participation in any Contest-related activity and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement or any other intellectual property-related cause of action.
11. Additional Terms. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or attempt to interfere with this Contest in any way shall be disqualified. Sponsor is not responsible if Contest cannot take place or if Prize cannot be awarded due to travel cancellations, delays or interruptions due to acts of God, acts of war, natural disasters, weather or acts of terrorism. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or web site. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest by cheating, copying, fraud, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.
12. Independently Developed Submissions. Each entrant understands and agrees that Sponsor’s use in matters independently developed of material similar to or identical with the Submission or containing features or elements similar to or identical with those contained in the Submission will not obligate Sponsor to negotiate with entrant, nor will it entitle entrant to any compensation of any kind. Each entrant agrees and acknowledges that nothing herein shall preclude Sponsor from using any material in or similar to the Submission without obligation to entrant, including, but not limited to, if Sponsor has or has determined that it has an independent legal right to use such other material, including without limitation, because such features or elements were not new or novel, or were not originated by entrant, or were or may hereafter be independently created by or submitted to Sponsor.
The Sponsor of this Contest is Macmillan’s Children’s Publishing Group, 175 5th Ave., New York, NY 10010
It can be extremely difficult for people to come forward and share their story. They may feel ashamed or they may fear being blamed for the assault. So when someone shares their experience with you, the best thing you can do is to believe them. Remember that you may be the first person they are disclosing this to.
Sexual violence typically affects a person’s emotional, mental, and physical health. For example, some survivors may find it difficult to trust people around them. Others may experience bouts of depression and anxiety. Also, survivors may have physical scars that remind them of their abuse.
Validating a survivor’s experience is a powerful way to acknowledge what they survived and how it affected their life. Use supportive statements such as:
Allow the survivor to tell you their story on their own terms. Try not to interrupt or ask too many questions. You may want to know more details, but the survivor may not be ready to share that information. You can also show support and interest by nodding your head and maintaining eye contact. Avoid touching them (hugging, putting your hand on their shoulder, etc.) unless they ask for this.
Survivors may blame themselves, especially if they knew their perpetrator. Others may think they should have fought back during their attack. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse may feel conflicted if their perpetrator was their caretaker or parent.
The survivor confided in you for a reason – perhaps they felt you would not judge them or that you could support them. After this disclosure, it’s important to respect their privacy. Before you share their story with others, make sure it’s okay with them. They may not be ready to take that step yet.
It’s natural to try to give people solutions, especially if you have dealt with similar situations. But keep in mind that survivors may have already taken action. Instead of saying “You should report” or “You should find a therapist,” you can take a more supportive approach by stating, “Would you like me to provide you with some information that may help with healing and recovery?” If so, you can provide them with the information in tip #8.
If the survivor says no, respect their decision.
Survivors may need medical attention, even if the assault happened a while ago. You can ask, “Are you open to seeking medical care?” You can also offer to escort them to a hospital if you are comfortable with this. Keep in mind that if the survivor is a minor, the hospital may need to notify law enforcement about the assault.
Local agencies (often known as rape crisis centers) can provide emotional support, reporting information, and other services to survivors. To obtain more information about these services or to speak with a member of a trained staff, they can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE (4673) or go to online.rainn.org.
Both the telephone and online services are available 24/7.
It can be difficult to listen to survivor stories and to help those in need. So spend time with your own support system (such as loved ones and pets) or do things you enjoy (photography, watching a funny movie, running, etc.). Practicing self-care can help ease the stress that may come with helping others.