The "so what can we actually do" thread...

(548 Posts)
ImSoNotTelling Tue 25-May-10 17:18:47

Hello grin

Following on from the thread about changing the law on rape to grant anonimity to the accused, a few people have started to think about what we can do to get involved, to actually try and change stuff.

So I guess this thread is for suggestions, ideas, and for people to link up to actually try to change things.

So far we have someone possibly standing for pariament!

So come on everyone.

What's the plan....

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 22:22:35

E&M, I think the "I believe you" campaign is the brilliantest title ever.

It absolutely strikes at the heart of the matter wrt to this proposal.

<really getting carried away>

Love that website btw LadyB - stretchmarks on show! Brilliant

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 25-May-10 22:26:41

Now, as a general rule of thumb I think group FB status updates are stupid [and I won't start ranting about the whole breast cancer/ bra strap thing], but we should do that there too.

Someone needs to come up with something pithy though.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 25-May-10 22:26:51

Righty ho Prolesworth, should i direct people over here? and where best to post?

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 22:29:38

I think we also need a petition to persuade the govt to drop this proposal.

dittany Tue 25-May-10 22:53:12

Ah, this is a much better thread to be on.

"I believe you" is a brilliant idea for a campaign.

Could we be Feminists Against Rape, if that hasn't been taken by another group.

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 22:56:25

No wonder a petition hasn't appeared on the No.10 e-petitions site: it's no longer possible to create petitions on there!

There are lots of free online petition sites, but which is the best? Or doesn't it matter

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 22:57:23

I thought that might be the case!

Let's have a look around.

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 22:59:19

This one is very UK-based and looks professional enough:

www.gopetition.co.uk/

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:02:36

That looks like the only decent one, let me just see where the Tesco lads' mags one was.

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:03:32
ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 25-May-10 23:04:10

What about just Stop Rape? those websites are free too.

So it could be

BIGPIC
"I believe you"
Subtitle:
"On average 1 in 3 women and girls will be raped in her lifetime. www.stoprape.co.uk"

Maybe not .org as may get mixed up with this: www.stoprapenow.org/ although that does look like a good site. Only focussing on ending rape in warzones though.

It's scarily simple, this idea. People might mock at trying to "stop rape" - but it's what everyone (except rapists) should be aiming for, right? Plus no-one thinks that "Stop child abuse" campaigns are silly.

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 25-May-10 23:07:05

Stop Rape at .co.uk sounds good. Hopefully different enough from the UN one.

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:08:04

I like Stop Rape, has all kinds of emphasis and trigger words, very good.

Can't say 'on average' with 1 in 3 though, doesn't register right, it should just say 1 in 3. Where is that figure from? I've seen 1 in 4.

dittany Tue 25-May-10 23:10:07

Stop Rape is good. It's what we want to do after all.

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:12:40

A website would be good with rape myths dispelled. I'd pay towards the hosting fees.

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 23:29:56

Does this look OK?

www.gopetition.com/online/36579.html

Not sure if it's 'live' yet

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 23:33:10

Stop Rape

simple and direct - excellent

Still love the "I believe you" slogan though

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:34:07

Wow, looks great, well done!

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 25-May-10 23:39:15

sorry Lenin was just quick example of potential stat(did i mention am trying not to get this mixed up with job I am applying for? ), easy enough to get hold of exact figures though.

www.stoprape.co.uk

This is sounding good.

Anyone know anything about getting hold of domain name?

So ideas for content.

- link to petition on the anonymity issue
- rape myths debunked - they have some on other websites but we could do a thread to generate out own
- links to helpful websites, possibly via an emergency button on homepage e.g. rape crisis, women's aid.
- need a mission statement
- collection of photos for the "I Believe You" campaign. Ideally featuring people of all ages/sexes/races. How should we collect these?

What else?

Not trying to take over btw, just brainstorming really.

That's great Lenin - do you know how much hosting usually costs?

I am happy to do a lot of the copywriting/drafting for website as I'm used to that, if people want me to. Would post here for comments/amends.

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:40:20

You might want to start a thread in chat with just the petition title.

ElephantsAndMiasmas Tue 25-May-10 23:42:49

we could have one of those automatic linky things through from ibelieveyou.co.uk? how do they happen? (displays gaping maw of ignorance) Think "I Believe You" is great too Proles, but think it's more of a slogan than a group name, IYSWIM? Like, if someone interviewed you and said "Proles from I Believe You said ___", slightly odd. I just thought "Proles from Stop Rape" sounded better. It could work though?

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 23:43:44

Loving your ideas Elephants grin

Domain names are dirt cheap: £5.98 for 2 years for a .co.uk name (probably available for even less elsewhere - I'm looking at 123-reg). Would be happy to sort that out. Then it can point to anywhere.

What about using wordpress to set up a site using the domain name rather than build a site from scratch?

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 23:45:08

Yes, agree completely re: name/slogan

And yes, ibelieveyou domain could point at stoprape site

Prolesworth Tue 25-May-10 23:48:24

I'm such a berk (is 'berk' OK for a feminist to say?)

Got so excited tweeting about petition I forgot to include a link blush

LeninGrad Tue 25-May-10 23:49:25

I just did a FB link from that petition too.

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