I hope you've all been following the story of the Stanford swimmer who raped an unconscious girl (“Emily Doe”) and despite all the glaring evidence, he received a sentence of a mere six months in prison. It's disgusting. And now his father has stated that “[His sentence] is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”
What message does it send to women, and men, when they are confronted by sexual assault? Victims will be quiet and perpetrators will continue.
Here is a video we have to make: We need you, our friends, all of you, to read the testimony by “Emily Doe” to the screen. Her words are our own.
1) Please send us a clip of you reading a portion of the testimony into camera. It is available HERE. You can pick any section you’d like, or do the whole thing. Just let us know what you chose to do in your email response to us.
2) Record it on your phone, your laptop, get some friends to help, but send us whatever you can by 10AM EST this Thursday, June 9th. Email us at email@example.com - There are free TelePrompTer services online.
3) ARE YOU IN NYC? For those of you in NYC, we will be filming in our office from 1-5 PM on Wednesday, June 8th, at 205 E. 42nd St, in a conference room on the 15th floor, so let us know if you want to come by and film here with us.
4) You can send it via email from your phone or laptop, upload and send through wetransfer.com and address is to firstname.lastname@example.org, upload to vimeo and make it private and downloadable and share the link with us--or any other method of sharing! Whatever is easiest for you!
5) ) There is no “right” or “perfect” way to film this. The video doesn't need a lot, just voices. It's not about the look but the message. We will be editing all the clips together and will put out the complete video next week.
We are in a place of privilege to know how to use the powerful medium of film and video to craft awareness for what we believe in, and in the midst of all our other client work, it is this that drives us to do what we do.
We are all “Emily Doe”, “Nirbhaya”, and the millions of others who suffer silently, without justice. Below is the closing part of “Emily’s” powerful speech. Please read it, and we hope you feel compelled to participate with us. Please feel free to pass on this message.
All of us here at Team Fictionless
"Most importantly, thank you to the two men who saved me, who I have yet to meet. I sleep with two bicycles that I drew taped above my bed to remind myself there are heroes in this story. That we are looking out for one another. To have known all of these people, to have felt their protection and love, is something I will never forget.
And finally, to girls everywhere, I am with you. On nights when you feel alone, I am with you. When people doubt you or dismiss you, I am with you. I fought everyday for you. So never stop fighting, I believe you. Lighthouses don't go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining. Although I can't save every boat, I hope that by speaking today, you absorbed a small amount of light, a small knowing that you can't be silenced, a small satisfaction that justice was served, a small assurance that we are getting somewhere, and a big, big knowing that you are important, unquestionably, you are untouchable, you are beautiful, you are to be valued, respected, undeniably, every minute of every day, you are powerful and nobody can take that away from you. To girls everywhere, I am with you. Thank you."