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be a STAR is an anti-bullying alliance co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE
LiveJournal has joined the be a STAR alliance, a group of organizations united to raise awareness of bullying and to create avenues of discourse in communities on the ground as well as in cyberspace. bullying_begone, a LiveJournal community created by a victim of bullying, is a place for people to share their stories, seek advice, and support each other in a open and friendly environment.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness month. Throughout the month, we'll be addressing bullying topics in various features and communities on the site. To get the conversation started, LiveJournal and bullying_begone are sponsoring a giveaway in Writer's Block this Monday, October 3rd. Here's the details:

  • When: Monday, October 3rd, 2011
  • Where: Writer's Block, on the LiveJournal homepage
  • One winner, chosen at random, will receive an Amazon Kindle e-reader and a $25 Amazon gift card
  • To enter, answer the Writer's Block question on Monday, October 3rd
  • The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, October 4th, and announced here at lj_contests
While bullies aren’t going to vanish overnight, we can turn the tide by reaching out to friends, victims, and bullies alike to learn more about the roles people play in this cycle and what can be done to improve relationships. By working to better recognize bullying and the tactics employed by bullies, we can engage both the victims and their aggressors in an effort to minimize the effects of bullying. If you've been affected by bullying directly or you know someone who has, we invite you to share your experiences over at bullying_begone.

Update (10/4/2011): The list of finalists from Writer's Block and comments posted here in lj_contests has been finalized and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations to punkgrl5, winner of an Amazon Kindle and a $25 Amazon gift card! :-)


( 39 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 3rd, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Does the entry have to be public for the contest, or can it be friends-only?
Oct. 3rd, 2011 03:54 pm (UTC)
I would also like an answer to this!
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC)
We're looking at public responses for this giveaway.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Too bad. Having been stalked online, I very rarely, if ever, post a public response.

I get the point - as a private or FO post doesn't really get the message out the way it's intended, but for some of us (like me, who has been cyber-stalked more than once, even by my own FAMILY), a public post is simply out of the question.

Edited at 2011-10-03 05:14 pm (UTC)
Oct. 3rd, 2011 05:41 pm (UTC)
I agree I have also had various cyber-stalkers over the years, mostly mere web-annoyances but one hunting down personal offline information and becoming real-world stalker as well.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
*points up* This. :/
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'd really like to see a response to this - if it's for bullying awareness, perhaps this raises awareness that some of us have been bullied with our public posts used for material, or bullied on the posts themselves.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
I understand where you're coming from. Upon further review, we will accept FO submissions. My apologies for creating confusion here.
Oct. 4th, 2011 05:15 am (UTC)
this is why i can't, after i did a huge write up, i cant post this - my bully is my mum.
Oct. 4th, 2011 05:25 am (UTC)
*hugs* I understand completely. My bully is also family. It's a betrayal in a terrible sense - when the people to whom we are supposed to be able to turn are the ones from whom we need protection.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Upon further review, we will accept FO submissions. My apologies for creating confusion here.
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
How can you see them...?
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Upon further review, we will accept FO submissions. My apologies for creating confusion here.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reconsidering. I was going to reply with my reasons, but I see that others have said it more eloquently.
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
Just curious, how can you choose a post if it's protected? Don't get me wrong, this pleases me as I'd rather mine protected; at the moment it isn't but I shall now go back and change it. :)
Oct. 3rd, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Are Canadian bloggers legible for the contest?
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Canada is eligible for this contest.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Thank you!
Oct. 3rd, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
Can you be from anywhere to be eligible? For example, from Europe?
Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
European entries are eligible for this giveaway as well.
Oct. 3rd, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
If the contestant is chosen at random, then what you post doesn't matter, its just that one makes post that from an electronic file standpoint is a reply to the prompt?

I'm wondering if off-topic replies can win (if the winner is random) or if this is more of an essay contest (in which case you may get some moving stories but not a lot of truth).
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
If it's an essay contest then I'm bound to lose because I wrote two sentences max. :\
Oct. 3rd, 2011 07:34 pm (UTC)
No worries, it's not an essay contest. :-)
Oct. 4th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
I hope you guys actually review the responses before you actually select the winner, though. Because it's kind of not fair if someone wins based on like a couple lines (that may not even answer the question) rather than someone who at least took a decent amount of time to respond. Not exactly an essay, but...not a quick and hurried response, either.
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
What makes a longer response more important than a short one? I don't think the length of the posts should matter but the content. Some of us can make our case without making it long, why should we be excluded?
Oct. 4th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Like I said, I'm mostly talking about replies that are off topic/don't really answer the question. If someone can write up a decent response in a few lines, I have no problem with that.
Oct. 4th, 2011 06:00 pm (UTC)
Okay gotcha just seemed to me more value was placed on longer posts. I misunderstood my apologies.
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
My entry doesn't show up in the list of answers, (it never does when I answer a writer's block question,) but it is here.
Oct. 4th, 2011 12:04 am (UTC)
Duly noted.
Oct. 4th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
I answered :)
Oct. 4th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
I went ahead and marked my answer public, but I still don't see it show up on the list of answers...
Oct. 4th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)

If mine doesn't show up in the list of answers (as sometimes mine haven't when I've answered these things), just covering my bases, heh.


Oct. 4th, 2011 06:20 pm (UTC)
Didn't see my post in the list (maybe I missed it) so here it is. Just sayin'...
Oct. 4th, 2011 07:59 pm (UTC)
And here's mine, just in case.
Oct. 4th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC)
I also posted. I thought It was supposed to be essay like, so I put alot of thought into my answer and I erred on the side of being positive about it.
Oct. 4th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
And by positive, I meant I talked about how I personally grew from and handled the experience.
Oct. 4th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
Oct. 9th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for choosing me. Sorry for the late reply, lj related e-mails go straight to my spam folder.
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