I have been deeply inspired by the sharing and bravery of the people who told their story while #metoo swept social media in the last weeks. I have also been a victim of sexual harassment and assault, and I think it is more important than ever that we continue to talk about, continue to provoke conversation, and refuse to be victims.
I am putting together a book of stories based on the #metoo movement.
Are you interested in telling your story?
Hi, my name is Jyssica Schwartz. I am a 31-year-old writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. If you’d like more information about me, please feel free to check out my website, blog, Instagram, Twitter, or book. This is a sensitive topic and I will be open and honest with all of you. Reach out to me with questions, concerns, and stories.
I have been very open about writing about mental health and my anxiety in my entrepreneurship journey and I continue this refusal to be a part of stigmatizing difficult topics with this book. As an author, I have the capacity and ability to put this project together using professional editors, cover designers, formatters, etc.
If you would like to participate, please submit your story (no minimum length requirement, but please keep it under 3000 words) either to me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or uploading it to upload it to Google drive here.
- Make sure you include a title (if you want one), a first name, age, and location either in the filename of the document or at the top of the document itself.
- I have been asked if contributors can be anonymous – YES. Use a fake first name or just “Anonymous,” but please still include your age and location.
- This is open to ALL genders, ages, races, nationalities, everything. There will be no discrimination. If you submit, you will be included.
- You are NOT being asked to pay anything at all. It is 100% free to be involved. I am currently planning to self-fund this project.
There is no length requirement, but here are some things to consider:
- Think about not just the incident itself but the way you felt afterward, what steps you took, and why you did or did not report it.
- Were you raised hearing things like “boys will be boys” or being told not to wear certain things because it might “distract the boys” or cause problems?
- What might you do differently now or tell people now about these situations?
- Your story is subject to general editing (not for content).
It could be anything from realizing we’re raised to expect it to how you feel about harassment to anything deep or light-hearted. I genuinely want different perspectives and views. It can be short or long, but I am looking for raw honesty. You would not need to be fully identified.
This movement has certainly highlighted the fact that almost all women are harassed so often that we ignore it and don’t talk about it, but I think we should.
This project is open to both men and women and you can stay anonymous with just a first name (even a pseudonym), age and country as the location.
- Will be open to all ages, genders, and nationalities. Diversity is encouraged and completely welcome.
- Does not differentiate between types of stories. If it was verbal harassment or something far worse, your story deserves to be heard.
- Will be self-published and available as both an ebook and a paperback.
- Will be professionally edited.
- Will have a professional cover and interior formatting.
- Will have an introduction by me, likely based on a blog post I recently wrote about this topic (Unless someone more famous [which is basically everyone] is interested in being involved and wants to write a foreword/introduction!).
This book is for all of us.
A Few Statistics
- 70% of sexual harassment incidents in the workplace are not reported (source)
- An analysis of 55 representative surveys found that about 25 percent of women report having experienced sexual harassment, but when they are asked about specific behaviors, like inappropriate touching or pressure for sexual favors, the share roughly doubles. Those numbers are broadly consistent with other survey findings. (source)
- In 2015, 6,822 sexual harassment claims were filed with the EEOC. 17.1 percent of those cases were filed by men. (source)
- Perpetrators of sexual violence are less likely to go to jail or prison than other criminals. In fact, out of every 1000 rapes, 994 perpetrators will walk free. (Source)
- Only 344 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police. That means about 2 out of 3 go unreported. (source)
- Members of the military: 43% of female victims and 10% of male victims reported. (source)
- In 2016, the EEOC released a comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States, which concluded that “anywhere from 25% to 85% of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.”
- Almost two-thirds of male and female college students interviewed said they have encountered some type of sexual harassment while attending a university, about a third of which included physical contact such as being grabbed or touched in a sexual manner. (source)
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Many victims must be too ashamed to report what happened. As for sexual harassment/violence, it shouldn’t be tolerated.
I wholeheartedly agree, and unfortunately, harassment and assault are a huge problem. That’s why I want to put together this book, so anyone can feel safe telling their story and it can show that it isn’t a local or regional issue – it’s a global problem.