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StopViolence is an ongoing project of Dr Paul Leighton and his students at Eastern Michigan University. At present, the costs associated with domain name registration, hosting, etc are underwritten by Paul. Your help would be appreciated in making StopViolence self-supporting and able to develop more in the future. 

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Hello ~

I just wanted to tell you....well I'm not exactly sure. Let me tell you a 
quick story (I hope this won't bore you)... 

Just the other day, I was home after school, working in homework. I was also watching TV, and flipped to the MTV channel. The channel was running a commercial - free movie that detailed the slaying of Matthew Shepard, a college boy who was gay. After a bit, I stopped my homework and was totally into the movie. I caught it in it's middle, so soon it was over. After it had ended, I sat in my computer chair and cried for an hour. I'm not sure why I cried. Maybe it's because I know that there are people in my town, in my state, in our country that have such hatred toward people who are different from themselves.

Tonight I decided to see what I, as a 15 year old girl, could do to help. I searched over the internet, and found your website. I feel like I need to tell you what a wonderful, wonderful site it is. I hope and pray and wish that there are people like yourself out in the world. Thank you for the help and support you are offering to people.

*H-----* 15, Maine

Contributions over and above the recurring fees will be used for various upgrades and expansions. The scrolling navigation menu, for example was a $20 piece of software, and I'd like to purchase something that checks for dead links. Also, I would like to make this site more interactive, so visitors could suggest links, rate links, take polls, or have a bulletin board. I'd like to find out from the visitors how to make the site more useful to them and implement those ideas. However, this expansion requires some computer skills that are beyond me at the moment, and your contributions would help me hire students with a more technical background. There are also several pages I would like to develop but would require some help because of my other commitments. 

Although StopViolence does not (yet) have non-profit status, that is how I intend to run it; rest assured that everything you send will end up going to this site. (Activities like sponsoring the Hunger site come out of my personal account, not donations to StopViolence.) Having spent a fair bit for this domain name, my interest is not in making money but trying to use this internet space in a way that is helps to foster intelligent responses to a pressing social problem. 

StopViolence is hosted on the internet by Hostway.com. They have 99%+ uptime (I haven't had anyone tell me the site was unavailable); they are reasonably priced, scalable, and have a handy online manual. Their SiteControl works well, and the few times I've had to write them, they have had a helpful response in 24-36 hours. 


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