I came across Band Back Together earlier this year. I thought it was a fabulous concept and that it filled a void in the blogosphere. In a nutshell, it's a site where you can post your own difficult or emotional stories and feel safe and supported. I'm going to let Jana, one of the site administrators, tell you more about it.
But first, take a look at that donation widget on the right sidebar. As part of Speak Out I wanted to raise some funds for a worthy cause that supports DV survivors. That cause is Band Back Together. The site is completely run by volunteers and costs are either covered by donations or the personal pocketbooks of the site administrators. I'd like to see it not only grow, but flourish, so that we can all have a safe place to share our stories.
Read their story and then consider giving something to help the site continue to be a safe haven on the internet.
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A Safe Place
By Jana Anthoine
Domestic Abuse, Rape. Divorce.
Bipolar. Baby Loss. Postpartum Depression.
Family relationships. Economic Struggles.
What do all of these things have in common?
That’s right. They’re all things that nobody really wants to talk about. They’re either hot topics, troll magnets, stigmatized or “too sad” to mention.
A lot of people fear writing about these topics on their own sites for many reasons. They don’t want to draw attention from people who make nasty comments about their mental illness or they don’t want their boss to read about their divorce.
Maybe they want to speak out about their rape or domestic abuse but are too afraid to do it on their own site for fear of their rapist or abuser finding it.
The need for a safe place for people to post without fear of judgment was necessary. The internet needed a safe place for people to feel welcome, comfortable, loved and included.
Becky Sherrick Harks, aka Aunt Becky from Mommy Wants Vodka, realized that this type of place was needed after her daughter Amelia was born with a previously undiagnosed neural tube defect called an Encephalocele and she felt so alone. Becky put out a call for stories and had lots of responses, including one from Jana.
Somehow through the power of the internet and the universe, Jana Anthoine of Jana’s Thinking Place ended up becoming the Tennille to Becky’s Captain! Band Back Together was launched on September 10, 2010 and the rest is history.
Since the launch, Band Back Together has provided an open forum for Band Members to submit stories of abuse, fear, love, loss, fear, pain, traumas and victories in a safe and moderated environment.
Guidelines of mutual respect and support are enforced and comments are moderated carefully to protect our readers and those who have submitted their stories.
What sets Band Back Together apart from other sites is the extensive Resource Pages that are available. Over 200 topics are currently covered and more are being added daily.
In a space that none of us are alone in our struggles and triumphs, our pain and our joy, Band Back Together has proven that what the blog world needed was a safe place from the rest of the Internet. We have truly put the Band Back Together.
And we look forward to you joining us. All are welcome.