Play for the 1 in 6

Use a blue string on your guitar and help us raise awareness about the 1 in 6 men who experience unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.

We are proud to announce our first awareness campaign, 1BlueString. This campaign is aimed at raising awareness for the 1 in 6 men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Our 1BlueString campaign is simple. We are asking guitarists at all levels to replace their low E guitar string (one of six strings) with one of our free, blue guitar string to symbolize the 1 in 6 men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood.

Simply go to 1BlueString.org and register to receive free blue strings (acoustic or electric) and free picks. Send us your name and address and we’ll rush them to you—at no cost.

In return, we’re asking that you:

  • Play with 1BlueString, sharing the statistic that 1 in 6 men in the U.S. have faced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18.
  • Share photos. If you feel comfortable, please upload a photo showing you and your blue string at 1BlueString.org. This is the engine for our campaign. Then click to share via Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to let others see your support.
  • Share our resources. Nearly 19 million men in the U.S. have unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in their past and some are in need of support. 1in6.org is the most comprehensive site in the world, providing unparalleled resources for men and their loved ones. Please do whatever you can to let others know about this incredible resource.
  • Promote holiday giving that supports our efforts. 1in6 has a text-2-give number set up for micro-donations to support our work. You and others can text “STRING” to 80888 to make a $10 donation, or just direct people to the donate page at 1BlueString.org where you can make a donation of any amount.

Thank you for helping to raise awareness of the 1 in 6.

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Photo credit: Flickr / shankar, shiv

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About 1in6

The mission of 1in6 is to help men who have had unwanted or abusive sexual experiences in childhood live healthier, happier lives. 1in6′s mission also includes serving family members, friends, and partners by providing information and support resources on the web and in the community.

Comments

  1. The exposure of Male Sexual Abuse is dramatically broadcast by efforts like 1in6. Major buy-in from the music industry at all levels is catching fire. I’d ask all readers to forward this article or the 1in6 link to everyone they know and special notes to the musicians in their lives.

    BTW: The guitar-string bracelets (with one blue string) are flippin amazing! They draw questions and open conversations! I’ve been buying them for everyone!

  2. Aw, what a sweet idea. Been thinking of Pete Seeger? :)

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