If you're a regular reader or a follower of When I Became Free's Facebook page, then you know we've been working hard at giving a voice to issues and raising awareness around the plight of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. In October of 2019 we started publishing a digital weekly newspaper to help promote awareness, address issues, and remind survivors that they are not alone.
All of this is being done by volunteers - volunteers who write for the paper, volunteers who put the content together and publish it.
At first we thought we could support the project with subscriptions - at least we gave it a go. That decision never sat right with me even though I am the one who made it. We did get some subscribers, which we are incredibly thankful and grateful for, however the goal of this project is "no barriers" toward safety and healing for survivors.
I re-evaluated the decision, contacted the subscribers we did have, and announced we would consider subscriptions as sponsorships so that we could make free the paper for all.
Since the paper started we have put out 12 issues. The weeks of Christmas and New Year's we took off and mainly because I was sick. I am unable to write as much as I once did so instead I do the pagination and some editing of the paper. I wear the editor/publisher's hat.
I rely on the talented and vocal survivors we have writing for us, Mechelle, Kelli and Savannah - at times others have submitted pieces. Then of course and unfortunately, there are always press releases and news about tragedies that take place any given week, including lives lost to domestic violence and child abuse.
I long for the time when I am unable to find those tragic stories.
There's the backstory to the weekly news, as for the When I Became Free project itself, like life it has had some twist and turns since coming to be - but, the goal remains the same, bringing awareness to issues and survivors of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault.
This is where YOU can help...
If you have a story you would like to share, or give your voice a platform, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Same is true if you belong to an organization and you have news to share.
Share the paper with others...
And if you feel so moved think about sponsoring our efforts.
See below and help us grow! There are three levels of sponsorship: $25, $50, and $100. If you have a difficult time with the dropdown menu below, just zip off an email to us at email@example.com..
If you've missed any of our issues, also be sure to check them out!
Remember...pass them on!
Thank you for paying attention!
All of our writers are freelance and survivors of trauma/abuse