Music moves us… music unites us… music changes lives and sometimes, music changes the world.
1BlueString is a campaign* that asks guitarists to replace 1 of their 6 strings with a blue string to symbolize the 1 in 6 men who have survived childhood sexual abuse. We are inviting you to help SHARPP get the message out here at UNH!
The goal is to build a community of encouragement and hope for men and their loved ones, partners, family and friends.
Here are some facts*:
- Boys and men can be sexually used or abused, and it has nothing to do with how masculine they are.
- If a boy liked the attention he was getting, or got sexually aroused during abuse, or even sometimes wanted the attention or sexual contact, this does not mean he wanted or liked being manipulated or abused, or that any part of what happened, in any way, was his responsibility or fault.
- Sexual abuse harms boys and girls in ways that are similar and different, but equally harmful.
- The sexual abuse of boys has nothing to do with an abuser’s sexual orientation.
- A boy abused by a male is not necessarily gay, nor was he abused because he’s gay, nor can the abuse make him gay.
- Girls and women can sexually abuse boys. The boys are not “lucky,” but exploited and harmed.
- Most boys who are sexually abused will not go on to sexually abuse others.
Contact the SHARPP Male Victim Program Coordinator, Zachary Ahmad-Kahloon at Zachary.firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and to find out when the next 1BlueString Night will be at UNH.
*1BlueString is a 1in6.org campaign. The above facts are from 1in6.org. The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives.