Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

The Mission of Stop the Silence is to expose and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. Our overarching Goals are to: 1) help stop child sexual abuse (CSA) and related forms of violence; 2) promote healing of victims and survivors; and 3) celebrate the lives of those healed.
Aug 29, 2014

Stopping the Silence - with your help!

Pamela Pine and the Pope, Aug. 20, 2014
Pamela Pine and the Pope, Aug. 20, 2014

There are many ways of preventing and mitigating CSA, and we all can make a difference. And we need your help in forwarding this work... As Summer ends, help us continue to make needed changes in this world. Currently we're working in the U.S., EU, and building relationships for work in East Africa. 

As a part of the Road to Change (RTC) Project, I just returned last week from Italy where I and Matthew McVarish, the Project Director for RTC was able to speak with the Pope. I humbly requested that he say a few words to survivors, noting that they are not alone, the abuse was not their fault, and there is help available, and urging them to get help if they need it, and I gave him some materials about our work. Matt was blessed for the years of abuse that he and his brothers suffered. (See pics attached.).

After visiting 25 countries so far, and on his way (and my way, too) to Geneva where we will make presentations to members of the Human Rights Council at a "side event," Matthew McVarish and his merry band (Amanda and Stig) are nearing the finish line with RTC. They and the project will be concluding in February 2015, and a celebration is planned. Check out the one year celebration video that was made at the end of May here. Keep tuned on his FB page for all the end programming.

We've noted, already, some of the wonderful noted outcomes thus far from RTC besides the AMAZING press that is rasing huge awareness in all countries (countries are investigating their laws, NGOs are networking and survivors have noted their intention to begin researching their own healing and press charges against their offender, other countries are looking to Stop the Silence to help provide service provider training (Cyprus) - you can read more about Matthew's adventures on his Facebook page and on the RTC Facebook page, and in Matthew's blogs.

Today, I'd like to focus, too, on letting you know about the forward work going on through the university-based work that we are doing at Stop the Silence: 1) bringing the Art as Advocacy university- and community-based program (see attached) to various campuses and communities in the U.S. (and, then, too, abraod), and on 2) the new prevention and mitigation computer-based model - a strategic planning and reporting system - that we're working on with expert guidance and assistance from Bill Mathis at CPIC Solutions.

On the university program side, there are various formal campus-based Stop the Silence Clubs and programs forming at various schools in various parts of the country. And, our wonderful immediately past and current interns, Amy, Savannah, Matteo, and others have been instrumental at forwarding the work in other schools to help Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for a Fall program, and into the future. We are very excited about this. If you want to bring this program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

On the model development side, Bill Mathis has turned our and others' input about the relationships between actions and outcomes on prevention and mitigation into a map that shows the paths between the direct results of, for example, the walking from RTC (like increasing connections in new cities and towns), through interim outcomes (like increasing national-level media awareness), to the ultimate outcomes (which are our 5 drivers stating goals for resources, communication, engagement, prevention and healing). We are hoping it will be instrumental in both identifying how to make a change and showing the results of the actions that we are taking. We are also building in a financial element to the model, which we hope, too, will help us show others what entire countries can save if they put CSA prevention and mitigation programming in place. And we also hope that will help translate into funds to support the important work that we do. We will be presenting this information at the upcoming 19th Annual Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference in early September. See here for the schedule.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. We thank you for your support now and always along the way. There is a wonderful upcoming fundraiser in Santa Monica by the Nanny League. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

Thank you and have a happy Fall!


The Stop the Silence Team

Matthew McVarish is blessed by the Pope, Aug. 20,
Matthew McVarish is blessed by the Pope, Aug. 20,
Jun 4, 2014

Let's Stop the Silence: Everywhere!

Pam and Matt with UK Poland Ambassador
Pam and Matt with UK Poland Ambassador

In many of our reports, we've noted the incredible and terrible statistics about child sexual abuse (CSA) - the numbers affected, the outcomes, the human and financial cost. We want to remind you of that, and, too, we want to make sure you know and believe that there are ways of preventing and mitigating CSA, and that we all can make a difference. And we need your help in forwarding this work... As Summer approaches, help us continue to make needed changes in this world. Currently we're working in the U.S., EU, and building relationships for work in East Africa. 

In March, I was in Hungary (was in Poland in November and a bit in December) with the Road to Change, and where the Road to Change had been then. Since then, Matthew McVarish and his merry band (with Amanda and Stig) have been in Romania, the 18th country that RTC has been to, and to four other countries there after, in the cities of Bucharest, Sofia, Athens, Nicosia, and Valletta - and they are on their way to Rome. Yup, they get around! :-) Check out the one year celebration video here.

We've noted, already, some of the wonderful noted outcomes thus far from RTC besides the AMAZING press that is rasing huge awareness in all countries (countries are investigating their laws, NGOs are networking and survivors have noted their intention to begin researching their own healing and press charges against their offender, other countries are looking to Stop the Silence to help provide service provider training - you can read more about Matthew's adventures on his Facebook page and on the RTC Facebook page, and in Matthew's blogs.

Today, I'd like to focus, too, on letting you know about the forward work going on through the university-based work that we are doing at Stop the Silence: 1) bringing the Art as Advocacy university- and community-based program (see attached) to various campuses and communities in the U.S. (and, then, too, abraod), and on 2) the new prevention and mitigation computer-based model - a strategic planning and reporting system - that we're working on with expert guidance and assistance from Bill Mathis at CPIC Solutions.

On the university program side, there is now a new, formal campus-based program at the University of Maryland, which is called Stop the Silence - University Movement (in addition to the one at Indiana University) and there is one forming at Guilford College in NC, and there are others forming elsewhere. And, our wonderful immediately past and current interns, Savannah, Abby, Matteo, Christine, Kristine, and Sophie have been instrumental at forwarding the work there and overall to help Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for a Spring program, and into the future. We are very excited about this. If you want to bring this program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

On the model development side, Bill Mathis has turned our and others' input about the relationships between actions and outcomes on prevention and mitigation into a map that shows the paths between the direct results of, for example, the walking from RTC (like increasing connections in new cities and towns), through interim outcomes (like increasing national-level media awareness), to the ultimate outcomes (which are our 5 drivers stating goals for resources, communication, engagement, prevention and healing). We are hoping it will be instrumental in both identifying how to make a change and showing the results of the actions that we are taking. We are also building in a financial element to the model, which we hope, too, will help us show others what entire countries can save if they put CSA prevention and mitigation programming in place. And we also hope that will help translate into funds to support the important work that we do.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. We thank you for your support now and always along the way. Click the following link to make a donation now.  

P.S. And, if you play golf, let us tell you how you can play golf with the 'Skins Alumni on July 7, 2014 while providing support to Stop the Silence in 2014. Contact Pamela Pine at pamelajpine@gmail.com!

Thank you and happy Spring!
The Stop the Silence Team

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Dec 11, 2013

Change is in the air - so Spring forward and help Stop the Silence

Matthew, Pam, UK Ambassador to Poland
Matthew, Pam, UK Ambassador to Poland

In many of our reports, we've noted the incredible and terrible statistics about child sexual abuse (CSA) - the numbers affected, the outcomes, the human and financial cost. We want to remind you of that, and, too, we want to make sure you know and believe that there are ways of preventing and mitigating CSA, and that we all can make a difference. And we need your help in forwarding this work... As Spring approaches, help us continue to make needed changes in this world.

I just got back from Hungary (was in Poland in November and a bit in December), where the Road to Change has just been (Matthew McVarish and his merry band are already in Romania, the 18th country that RTC has been to). We've noted, already, some of the wonderful noted outcomes thus far from RTC besides the AMAZING press that is rasing huge awareness in all countries (countries are investigating their laws, NGOs are networking and survivors have noted their intention to begin researching their own healing and press charges against their offender - you can read more about Matthew's adventures on his Facebook page and in Matthew's blogs).

Today, I'd like to focus, too, on letting you know about the forward work going on through the university-based work that we are doing at Stop the Silence: 1) bringing the Art as Advocacy university- and community-based program (see attached) to various campuses and communities in the U.S. (and, then, too, abraod), and on 2) the new prevention and mitigation computer-based model - a strategic planning and reporting system - that we're working on with expert guidance and assistance from Bill Mathis at CPIC Solutions.

On the university program side, there is now a new, formal campus-based program at the University of Maryland, which is called Stop the Silence - University Movement. And, our wonderful interns, Savannah, Abby, Matteo, Christine and Kristine, are instrumental at forwarding the work there and overall to help Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for a Spring program, and into the future. We are very excited about this. If you want to bring this program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com

On the model development side, Bill Mathis has turned our and others' input about the relationships between actions and outcomes on prevention and mitigation into a map that shows the paths between the direct results of, for example, the walking from RTC (like increasing connections in new cities and towns), through interim outcomes (like increasing national-level media awareness), to the ultimate outcomes (which are our 5 drivers stating goals for resources, communication, engagement, prevention and healing). We are hoping it will be instrumental in both identifying how to make a change and showing the results of the actions that we are taking. We are also building in a financial element to the model, which we hope, too, will help us show others what entire countries can save if they put CSA prevention and mitigation programming in place. And we also hope that will help translate into funds to support the important work that we do.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. We thank you for your support now and always along the way. Click the following link to make a donation now.  

P.S. And, if you play golf, let us tell you how you can play golf with the 'Skins Alumni on July 7, 2014 while providing support to Stop the Silence in 2014. Contact Pamela Pine at pamelajpine@gmail.com!

Thank you and happy Spring!
The Stop the Silence Team


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