I think the most profound thing about being here is the eagerness I have gathered
to work through my issues, finding ways to do this and sharing my own ideas sometimes.
Fort Refuge is an online community of abuse survivors: the place where we come together and try to make sense of the trauma we've been through, the aftermath it left us with, and our coping with and recovery from both. Fort was founded by Lala on February 29th, 2008, and has been growing and evolving ever since, as thousands of survivors contribute to the project, each in their own way. The community is anonymous, doesn't solicit or accept payments, donations, or grants, and has no political, religious, or any other agenda.
Fort membership gives access to private, survivors-only forums and chatrooms, where you can speak of hard subjects freely and honestly, without walking on eggshells for fear of judgment, lectures, or gossip. Membership is offered to any abuse survivor over 16yo, no matter what gender, religion, sexual orientation, political views, psych dx, abuse history, or anything else; the only condition is willingness to follow our guidelines. Diversity of experiences paired with strong and clear boundaries makes our conversations interesting, allows us to learn from each other, and offers a smooth transition from isolation to making friends in the "real world". Knowing that you aren't alone, interacting with people who get what it's like, genuinely care, and yet don't disrespect you - is priceless for abuse survivors, and we are proud to be a part of this project.
Aside from members-only areas, we also host quite a few resources that are open to the public. Our library consists of content submitted by Fort members and visitors, and includes info pages, how-to's, personal memoirs, and other abuse-related materials. We have a large collection of full-length documentary films about abuse and mental health, a Memorial Wall with hundreds of photos and stories of people who died through abuse, a bunch of guided imagery mp3s and relaxation videos, a bookstore, and a solid list of hotlines for those in crisis, organized by topic and by country. Our Public Forum allows our guest visitors to interact with us and with each other on any abuse-related topic. Those wishing to support our cause and raise awareness about abuse and mental health are welcome to embed our widgets on their website or blog.
To get a feel for our community you can browse our poetry, art, things we talk about in our weekly hosted chats, or see what people say about us. Some of us have been around for years and still log in daily, others healed from their trauma and only step by once in a while to say hey to old friends, yet others just got here and are checking out the place. Fort Refuge would not be possible without our mod team, our community, and each of our members and visitors. We warmly thank you for being here with us, and hope to see you around!
~ Helen Keller
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