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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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Nov 19, 2013

This holiday season, give a little to help Stop the Silence

Kelpie film at Emory University
Kelpie film at Emory University

  Nov. 19, 2013 

Dear Reader,


As this Thanksgiving approaches, we’d really like you to consider the important work that we’re doing and consider a donation to really help us make a difference ...

Consider how important this work is … Did you know, our best estimates are that more than 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually molested in the U.S. by the time they are 18 years old. The stats are staggering, and to combat this problematic reality, we at Stop the Silence work around the clock to expose and stop child sexual abuse (CSA) and help survivors heal all over the world. We need your help to continue doing the impactful work we've been doing, so please keep us in mind during this important season of giving.

One of our biggest areas of focus this season has been to promote the child sexual abuse awareness-boosting film To Kill a Kelpie and accompanying university- and community-based comprehensive programming. We are moving forward with the planning and screening program at universities in various places. (Make the next one yours!) The overall program integrates arts and culture with public health information to move forward a highly innovative community-building effort.

We conducted a full review of the play (which was also professionally reviewed - see attached) and follow on after-show presentation and discussion when it went on tour in the U.S. in 2011 and we know that the results of pre-post test of the film and after-show production (2012 and 2013) are very similar (final report with the film is in the development). Nearly 300 people directly viewed the production in the three venues in San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C. The theaters in San Francisco and D.C. were full.

The changes in the responses of the audiences (see this link for report and pie charts also attached here) show that while nearly a third of all respondents identified their CSA knowledge as “minimal” or “moderate” before seeing the production (10% of respondents identified their CSA knowledge as “minimal” before the play/discussion and 21% identified their knowledge as “moderate” before), 0% (none), identified their level as “minimal” after the play/discussion, and 8% identified their knowledge as “moderate,” having moved to other, higher levels. Those identifying their knowledge as “good,” “very good” or “excellent” increased from 69% to 92%.

The final questions on the questionnaire helped us to find out whether the play (film)/ discussion is able to catalyze a response regarding what individuals think they can/will do to address the issue of CSA in their communities. Other results showed that 65% of respondents thought that the play/discussion helped them understand “a good deal” or “a great deal” about what the community can do. Another 18% thought that the program helped them understand “moderately” more about what the community can do, 13% thought it helped them “some.” Only 4% thought it helped them a little.

This season, we plan to continue our art as advocacy efforts with powerful tools like these to promote awareness locally, nationally and internationally. Because Stop the Silence is currently entirely funded on public donations, your contributions make a significant difference to our work -- they help pay for costs of equipment and materials required for advocacy work, community outreach and education, as well as program development and training. ANY amount you can give helps us immensely, so please consider making a donation now.

P.S. If you like to play golf, ask us how you can play with the 'Skins while raising funds in 2014 to help Stop the Silence!

A BIG THANKS to you … and we wish you a very happy holiday season!
The Stop the Silence Team

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Nov 7, 2013

Stop the Silence Fall 2013 - into holiday season

I have and I know Matthew McVarish, our European Ambassador, has asked: Why do I do this work? It is often sad and overwhelming work. But, it's an important question that we have asked ourselves - we want to know that we're always doing this for the right reasons, because the stakes are so high. The answers are sometimes obvious and some not so. For Matt, who is a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA), he's doing it for him, his brothers and all those who have suffered - and continue to suffer - as a result of exposure to CSA; he wants to see that harm and suffering stop.

So do I. Perhaps the best response I have about why I do this work has been present since I first began to do it... Each and every time, early in the tenure of working on CSA prevention and mitigation (and still often now), when I'd stand up before a room of people - whether it was in DC, CA, or Zambia - my mind, once I got going on imparting information about what CSA was, who it affected, and what it did, would go to my own kids, who were then young and small, and I wondered, what if it happened to my children. And my kids would become every kid. It was (and is) an excruciating idea, made all the more so by the knowledge that there are millions and millions of kids out there who are being and have been sexually abused and who are affected for so long.

Why do we do the work we do?  We know it's critical and we know that we're making a difference.

Over the next weeks, as we move into the holiday season (Thanksgiving in the U.S., and then, of course, Chanukah and Christmas), we will be sending you a few updates about our work, highlighting a few key areas of focus, and asking you, too, to keep us in your thoughts and giving plans over this season.

So, I want to remind you about our two primary areas of focus and "show" you our work:

  • In the U.S., our primary focus is on comprehensive university- and community-based activities that open hearts and then minds through our Art as Advocacy Program. The program uses various forms of art, including theater and film (everywhere we can with the University of Maryland program coming right up - see attached poster), and still art (the program at Stop the Silence at Indiana University) as well as at-event factual information presented to event audiences. Then, we network to present follow-on formal and informal education and training for community members and services providers.
  • In Europe currently, the Road to Change is bringing incredible information forward to people across Europe. Matthew McVarish (check out his Lithuania-stationed "thank you" video), Scottish playwright, actor, musician and the Stop the Silence European Ambassador, started on May 31, 2013, and ultimately will be walking 10,000 miles (yes, walking) to every European Union (EU) country in the EU. That's 29 countries and 32 capital cities (and, of course, going through numerous communities in each country on the way to each capital). In each country, he is meeting with the UK Embassy, each of which has been instrumental in then opening the doors to media, policymakers, stakeholders, NGOs and survivor groups. Matthew then provides relevant information to each group including ideas on prevention and information on policy issues, like changes needed in countries' Statutes of Limitations, which put caps on how long people can prosecute, putting more kids at risk because offenders still have access to them if they have not been prosecuted within the allowable time limits, and creating a situation that reduces survivors' ability to get the justice.

We're working hard to make sure that kids are protected and survivors can heal. Won't you please help now, into the holiday season and beyond? Consider making a monthly donation! Spread the word - ask your friends, colleagues and family to join our Global Giving supporters, too! Thank you!

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence


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