Opening up on the page

Women writers speak up

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Looking for a solution to gender discrimination and number of other pervasive women’s issues, Tracy Dimond and three D.C. writers decided to start a zine where female- identified contributors could share about them.

“We wanted to make a safe space to talk about it because there has been so much silencing,” Dimond said, who is also working on an MFA in  Creative Writing and Publishing Arts.

The zine invites women to discuss sexism, verbal abuse, fear, and anger as well as physical abuse and sexual assault. Contributors are encouraged to express ideas, social criticism and solutions.

“Writers can remain anonymous,” Dimond said. “No one has to name names.”

The zine is accepting collage and other types of artwork in addition to prose and poetry.

The editors are currently in the process of choosing a title for their publication. Another recent topic of discussion is the best way to create an internet presence.

The first issue is due out at the end of January and the editors are planning a small distribution at Baltimore and D.C. readings.

Anyone interested in contributing to future issues or in receiving updates can contact Dimond at tradimond@gmail.com.

Professional counselors are available to assist any UB student wishing to report a sexual offense. Reports can be made at the University of Baltimore Counseling Center located in the Academic Center, Room 111. Counselors may be able to keep student information confidential within certain parameters, according to the University of Baltimore’s Sexual Assault Misconduct Policy. Exceptions to the confidentiality rule can occur when child abuse is involved or if there is a court order. The policy states that the university will work to maintain the confidentiality of the reporting party to the extent that it does not impair the ability of the institution to provide protection for the UB community as a whole.

Students may also file an informal or formal complaint with the University of Baltimore Deputy Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Community Life. If both parties involved wish to resolve the issue cooperatively and the coordinator determines that there is no violation of UB policy, then UB encourages an informal resolution. Complaints of sexual assault are not permitted to be resolved informally. The policy strongly suggests that any formal complaints be made within ten business days of the incident in order to maximize the odds of a resolution. The University’s Sexual Assault Misconduct Policy can be found at: http://www.ubalt.edu/policies/ human-resources/non-discrimination.

The University of Baltimore is committed to keeping the campus a safe space.

“We are often hesitant to speak out because we’re afraid of judgment, we don’t believe people will care,” reads Dimond’s flyer. “No one needs an invitation to speak, but we’ve found that asking helps.”

Photo Credit: Kim Rempel (via publicdo-mainpictures.net)

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