I'm with shamus, sunspot, brummie, and others... SL has NOT failed by a LONG SHOT. Good grief, gimme a break already. I guess nobody gets the SL newsletter. If everyone did, you'd receive email often enough outlining numerous ongoing lawcases (which take TIME, people!) and other frequent ongoing events which bring awareness to the subject of abuse. I guess some are wishing for a Superman/Super-Abuse-Org? How much, really, can just a few people do? There are only so many hours in a day.
If everyone was signed up for the SL newsletter, you'd know about the divorce at least a month ago. The purpose of that very PUBLIC EMAIL was to share the news straight 'from the horse's mouth' so everyone would know what was going on and minimize 'gossip.' I was going to post it in full but I see someone already put up the link to it. I say Congrats to both of them, they look great!
And mole, we used to swap posts frequently on the board, but to say SL has failed is, as Farkel said, Just Plain Wrong. What a discouraging, defeatist thing to say. The guestbook was always a 'hotbed' from day one, circa summer 2002. Remember? What can one expect from a 'hot' subject (abuse) and a 'hot' religion (WT)?
Whoever is in charge of it now I do not know, as I haven't visited the guestbook lately. But BB asked for help with the website recently via that same divorce email (I think it was that one). One thing BB has made clear from early on was he wanted SL's official position to be Neutral as far as 'religion' goes, so that those still on the 'inside' would feel comfortable coming to SL re: their abuse.
He has also asked for help financially in recent SL emails, and as always, asks for as many to attend abuse-awareness events as possible.
Starting at a grassroots level and moving up the public-awareness ladder takes a LONG time. Only 15-20 years ago, MS was considered a 'hysterical women' disease.' That's no joke. And CFIDS is STILL considered the same thing by an uneducated public/media/medical, even though several nationwide CFIDS orgs are running full speed ahead, one in existence for 17 years already.
So if anyone doesn't currently have an 'SL job" (me included), I would hope everyone would keep a more positive outlook about SL and the work it has done and is STILL doing. And volunteer time and/or $$ if you can, no matter how small.
Thumbs UP for Silentlambs.org.