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Fort Refuge is created and maintained by abuse survivors. We don't solicit or accept monetary donations, and all content is contributed by our members, people just like you. Fort is used by thousands of people worldwide - members of our community and visitors who stepped by to read an article, look up a hotline number, or take advantage of other resources we offer. By adding to Fort, you're helping abuse survivors across the world. Below are some of the projects you can contribute to. Thank you for being here!

Projects you can contribute to:

Tell Your Story
You can publish your poetry, memoirs, "how-to"s, or any other abuse-related writings on Fort.

Abuse is a deeply personal and sensitive issue, but the internet allows us to talk of it anonymously, without disclosing our identities. You don't have to be a professional writer - what matters is voicing your perspective, so that other people can learn from your experience. What was it like, to press charges against your abuser? What did it feel like when your father passed away? How do you handle raising children while having DID? Imagine how many people are facing the same issues and would love to hear your first-hand experience. Share your thoughts, feelings, helpful tips you've discovered, your joys and struggles - that's how our library came to be and keeps growing and helping abuse survivors world-wide.

Your memoir:

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Survivors' Art Quilt
Collection of artwork by abuse survivors, great way to raise awareness by sharing how you feel, without disclosing any private details about yourself.
Whether you're an artist or just like to doodle, our Survivors Art Quilt always welcomes new additions. Some of us just don't have the words to share who we are and how we feel, or are concerned with privacy. Sharing your artwork can be a great alternative - sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words.

You can upload your artwork through the form on the left. Please write something about your art: what does this image represent for you, when did you create it, how does it make you feel to look at it, etc. Most image formats are accepted, but please refrain from sending images containing nudity or violence. Your email won't be published.
Inspirational quotes
Share your favorite inspirational quotes with other survivors.

We've collected 52 quotes so far:
1i5n4f ~ 1i5n4f
a man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears ~ michel de montaigne
alone we can do so little together we can do so much ~ helen keller
although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it ~ helen keller
an eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind ~ mahatma gandhi
an ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching ~ mahatma gandhi
confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity ~ michel de montaigne
conquer anger with non-anger. conquer badness with goodness. conquer meanness with generosity. conquer dishonesty with truth. ~ the buddha
courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear ~ ambrose redmoon
creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. ~ erich fromm
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delight in heedfulness! guard well your thoughts ~ the buddha
even if you're on the right track you'll get run over if you just sit there ~ will rogers
example is the best precept ~ aesop
freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes ~ mahatma gandhi
gratitude is the sign of noble souls ~ aesop
happiness is a choice that requires effort at times ~ aeschylus
happiness is when what you think what you say and what you do are in harmony ~ mahatma gandhi
i'd rather be hated for who i am, than loved for who i am not ~ kurt cobain
if i survived this far there is no reason not to keep on keeping on ~ *daniel
if opportunity doesn't knock build a door ~ milton berle
if you're going through hell keep going ~ winston churchill
immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another ~ immanuel kant
in matters of conscience the law of majority has no place ~ mahatma gandhi
insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results ~ albert einstein
it is best for the wise man not to seem wise ~ aeschylus
it is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed ~ johann wolfgang von goethe
kindness is more persuasive than force ~ aesop
knowing is not enough; we must apply. willing is not enough; we must do. ~ johann wolfgang von goethe
m25u6h ~ m25u6h
no act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted ~ aesop
nobody can hurt me without my permission ~ mahatma gandhi
nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action ~ johann wolfgang von goethe
part of being sane is being a little bit crazy ~ janet long
purity and impurity depend on oneself; no one can purify another. ~ the buddha
the tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny ~ aesop
the weak can never forgive. forgiveness is the attribute of the strong ~ mahatma gandhi
the worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal ~ aristotle
those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness ~ francois de la rochefoucauld
tis the sharpness of our mind that gives the edge to our pains and pleasures ~ michel de montaigne
understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words ~ the buddha
vnfr0q ~ vnfr0q
we are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be ~ francois de la rochefoucauld
we can draw lessons from the past but we cannot live in it ~ lyndon b. johnson
we make a living by what we get we make a life by what we give ~ winston churchill
we rise by lifting others ~ robert ingersoll
what is important in life is life and not the result of life ~ johann wolfgang von goethe
what is not started today is never finished tomorrow ~ johann wolfgang von goethe
you must be the change you want to see in the world ~ mahatma gandhi
you must not lose faith in humanity. humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty ~ mahatma gandhi
z2n2yw ~ z2n2yw
Memorial Wall
Names, photos, and stories of people who have died through abuse. Help us spread the word so that these people wouldn't be forgotten.

Just click on the photo you like: the next page will give you a link to news articles about this person, and a field to type up a summary of who they were and how they died. One or two paragraphs is all we need to add them to our Memorial Wall.

Other ways to support us:

Embeds for your site
A few widgets you can put on your site or blog to support our cause.
Hotlines Finder
Allows your visitors to quickly find help for their specific problem in their country. No javascript, can be resized dynamically to fit your site (proportions are 3:5).

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Memorial Wall
Displays a name and a photo of someone who died through abuse on today's date. No javascript, can be resized dynamically to fit your site (proportions are 3:5). As of March 2017, about 4 days a month missing an anniversary; on these days the widget displays an image of a burning candle and a link to Memorial Wall.

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Inspirational Quotes
Displays a random inspirational quote and its author. As of January 2017, database consists of about 300 entries. The widget uses no javascript, and can be resized dynamically. Proportions are 3:5, and the optimal size is somewhere between 210x350 (displayed on the left) and 300x500, but can be larger because it uses no images.

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Survivors' Art Quilt
Displays a dozen of random thumbnails of artwork posted to our quilt by abuse survivors; each links to the quilt. As of January 2017, the quilt consists of about 150 pieces. The widget uses no javascript, and can be resized dynamically. Proportions are 3:5, and the optimal size is somewhere between 210x350 (displayed on the left) and 300x500; larger sizes might not work well because thumbnail images are small and will display blury if stretched.

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Survivors' Library
Displays the latest five articles published on Fort Refuge, each thumbnail links to the page. We average about one new page per month, but some months are busier than others. The widget uses no javascript, and can be resized dynamically. Proportions are 3:5, and the optimal size is somewhere between 210x350 (displayed on the left) and 300x500.

Copy-paste this code to your site:
Easy Cookbook
Displays the name and photo of a random recipe from our cookbook; you can click on the photo to read the recipe. All recipes are simple to fix, don't call for expensive or rare ingredients, and can be fixed in under 15 minutes - or make enough food for a few days. The widget uses no javascript, and can be resized dynamically. Proportions are 3:5, and the optimal size is somewhere between 210x350 (displayed on the left) and 300x500.

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RSS, Social Networks, etc
We don't send out newsletters, but you can keep tabs on what we're up to by subscribing to us.
Our RSS feed consists of links and short descriptions of all the new pages that are published at Fort, so you can easily see what's new. Feel free to subscribe to it or post on your site.
We don't do social networking, don't have a Facebook group, don't chat or message through Facebook, but we have a page where we post links to new pages we publish. Feel free to subscribe.
We only tweet when there's something new on Fort. Feel free to follow, we won't flood you with useless clutter.
You can see all the documentaries directly on Fort, on our documentaries page, but the playlists are available on our Youtube channel as well. Feel free to subscribe or link to.
You can browse our bookstore here on Fort, or you can shop on Amazon by following this link. We get a few cents referral fee if you do.
Our cafepress store is really old, but we keep it because some of our members like the option to get a Fort pin. The prices are set at cost level, we get no profit from this.

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
~ Winston Churchill
This page was last updated on September 26th, 2017
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