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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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Sep 16, 2013

Stop the Silence Summer 2013 Report

The Road to Change Begins!
The Road to Change Begins!

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone "Summered" well!  We have some reporting out for you from the past months, and we want to tell you more about our two key programming fronts: 1) Stop the Silence's Art as Advocacy University and Community Program, written by Matthew McVarish and using the recently-finalized To Kill A Kelpie film Directed and Produced by Edward M. Smith, Matt's award-winning brother, and 2) the Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence, the 10,000 mile Walk conducted by Matthew to every single European Union nation (28 countries and 32 capital cities) - read on. But I also have other info to report. As usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you, which is near the bottom of the report

1. Art as Advocacy University- and Community-based Programming with "Kelpie" update:

  • As noted in the last report, Director Edward M. Smith has finished the film "To Kill A Kelpie," which has been pilot tested at four universities (Cornell, George Washington, Emory, and Indiana), the Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, at ArtSpace near the National Theatre in London, and now in Luxembourg. See the trailer (developed by Amanda Thomson - thank you!!) of the film, script by Matthew McVarish, directed/produced by Edward M. Smith, click here.
  • It is also being screened by Matthew McVarish with the aftershow presentation and involvement of community-based and other groups across Europe. 
  • It has been shown to produce the same results as the play: increased awareness, knowledge, intent to act
  • We are in the process of marketing it to communitites across the U.S., along with the model (after-show presentation/discussion, panel, follow-on community-based programming, training)!
  • Contact me and Matt if you want to bring it to your university/town in the U.S:, EU, or anywhere else!: ppine@stopcsa.org (also copy me here: pamelajpine@gmail.com), and matthew@roadtochange.eu.

2.  The Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence update:

  • As also reported last time, on May 31, 2013, Matthew McVarish, European Ambassador to Stop the Silence, and playwright, actor, musician and activist, began the Road to Change: Walk to Stop the Silence, a 10,000 mile walk, bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL (29 countries and 32 capital cities). RTC will continue through approximately February of 2015.
  • The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence includes media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products, and more.
  • The aim is to increase awareness and catalyze change across Europe on the issue of child sexual abuse, focusing the policy information on age of consent and the statute of limitations.
  • We have seen real and anecdotal change already on various levels: One women noted her intention as a result of Matt and the RTC to begin researching her own healing and press charges against offender; NGOs are networking; countries are investigating their laws, particularly in the ares of age of consent and the statutes of limitations. We are looking into how to change laws across EU in one fell swoop with a petition from at least seven countries with 1 million signatures from EU citizens. And major media in each country. Click here for a sampling from the Luxembourg Campaigner!
  • Matt is currently on his way to Sweden after recently leaving Copenhagen. GO MATT!!! Incredible! He has been to:

London, left May 31, 2013
Paris June 10th to June 18th 
Luxembourg June 28th to July 4th 
Brussels July 10th to July 16th 
Amsterdam July 22nd to July 28th 
Berlin August 16th to August 22nd 
Copenhagen September 1st to September 7th

3. Various Races to Stop the Silence - we'll update this information on dcrace.org and other sites. Stay tuned.

4. The 34th Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Tournament, at the prestigious Army Navy Golf Club in Arlington, VA, primarily benefitting Stop the Silence, was a great success!

This was the 34th year for the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic. This year, the Washington Redskins Alumni Association primarily supported “Stop the Silence” (www.stopcsa.org) as their primary charity. This year the Classic was held at the exclusive Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. There were 20 Teams participating, a good and not-too-scorching day for the event, a wonderful silent auction, a great meal, and a good time for all. Important funds were raised by the event for the work that we do! Yeah, Redskins Alumni! I'm a fan for life!

4. A BIG THANKS to The Nanny League for their efforts to help Stop the Silence. Go to: Nanny League Give Forward STS fundraising page. And also please visit: The Nanncy League on Facebook, and Nanny League Facebook Event.

We Continue to Need Your Help!  Here's the Challenge... Help us raise $10,000 by the end of the end of the year - ask your friends, colleagues and family to help!

Understandably, we're currently raising funds on these fronts:

  1. University/Community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-based groups).
  2. Matt's Big Walk

If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! Ask your friends, colleagues and family to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible through our safe GlobalGiving page. See our website (www.stopcsa.org) for other fundraising mechanisms.

We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!

Thank you all!!

Very Sincerely,

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder/Director, Stop the Silence

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Jun 20, 2013

Stop the Silence - Spring 2013 Sprang!

Well, it's report time yet again!  I hope everyone is well and looking forward to the Summer warmth. While there's lots and lots going on, I'll be brief as I think most of you have a pretty good idea of where we've been focused and building. We do need your continued help as Kelpie moves forward across the U.S. (in partnership with various others (Safe Campus/Strong Voices, PAVE, NPEIV, etc.) and in Europe, and probably beyond (in discussions with others)  So, as usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you, which is near the bottom of the report

1. Upcoming 34th Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Tournament, at the prestigious Army Navy Golf Club in Arlington, VA, primarily benefitting Stop the Silence.

This is the 34th year for the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic. This year, the Washington Redskins Alumni Association will primarily support “Stop the Silence” (www.stopcsa.org) as their primary charity but will also support The Harmon Foundation for brain tumor research and Warrior Aviation which supports the wounded warriors.

This year the Classic will be held at the exclusive Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. We will only sell 30 Teams for this Classic so sign up your team today. Please see important additional information below.

For information or to sign up your team contact Jerry Olsen at 703-726-7488 or lpjolsen31@aol.com.

Team Sponsor:

4 Players in the Golf Classic

1 Former Washington Redskins Player as Team Captain

½ Page Color Ad in Tournament Program

1 Hole Sign with Corporate Logo

Lunch prior to Tee Off

4 Tickets to Awards Dinner

Team Picture Plaque for each Member

Winning Team will go to Super Bowl of Golf

Sponsor Package $5,000.00

Super Bowl of Golf:

There are many Charity Golf Tournaments throughout the year but there is only one where the winning team goes on to compete on a national level. The winning team from the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic will go on to compete against 28 other NFL cities in the Super Bowl of Golf. The winning team there will receive the exclusive Super Bowl of Golf Ring. All expenses are paid for our team and your alumni Captain.

2. "Kelpie" Theatre production and Film update:

  • Bridgeport, W. Va. -- The Vintage Theatre Company, LLC had a great run of To Kill A Kelpie, the play by Matthew McVarish that we use to help raise awareness, educate, and catalyze change, in February, March and April, largely in West Virginia and others will be performing it in other locations. There has been interest expressed by organizations in Maryland and elsewhere so there is a gear up for those productions. As I think you know, we have evaluated the production and it, as well as the film (see below) has been shown to increase awareness, knowledge and intent to act.
  • Director Edward M. Smith has finished the film "To Kill A Kelpie," which has been pilot tested at four universities (Cornell, George Washington, Emory, and Indiana), the Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, and at ArtSpace near the National Theatre in London. It has been shown to produce the same results as the play. It will soon be in communitites across the U.S., along with the model I designed with the after-show production and community-based programming! Stay tuned. It is also being screened by Matthew McVarish (see below) with the aftershow presentation and involvement of community-based and other groups across Europe. Contact me if you want to bring it to your university/town in the U.S: pamelajpine@gmail.com. Contact Matt if you want to have it shown in the EU: matthew@roadtochange.eu.

3.  Races and Walks to Stop the Silence updates:

  • The 10th annual Race to Stop the Silence was on Sunday, April 14, 2013. It's was 8K Race and Walk and 1K kids' fun run, with speakers, entertainment, booths, and more, and went off without a htich! Thanks to Jeff Ruday for his management of the permit and logistics, Nick Panebianco for his leadership of volunteers and his expert advice on various aspect of the Race, Mark Moseley (National Spokesperson) for his media and other outreach and support, the volunteers, and many others for their help in putting it on.
  • As a part of our awareness raising programming, in conjunction with the Race as well as other Stop the Silence programs and projects, I and Mark Moseley and others like Carmen Rodriguez have been doing lots of media with, for examples, Channel 9, ClearChannel Radio, WTOP, WKYS, and many others in the U.S.
  • Other areas in the U.S. also conducted the Race as a part of global activities of The Innocence Revolution (e.g., Florida, California). In 2014, the Race is expected to spread further in the U.S. and to Kenya as well.
  • On May 31, 2013, Matthew McVarish, European Ambassador to Stop the Silence, and playwright, actor, musician and activist, began the Road to Change: Walk to Stop the Silence, a 10,000 mile walk, bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL (31 capital cities in 28 countries). The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence includes media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products, and more.The aim is to increase awareness and catalyze change across Europe on the issue of child sexual abuse, focusing the policy information on age of consent and the statute of limitations. Matt is currently in France on his way to Luxembourg. Please see www.roadtochange.eu. We Continue to Need Your Help!  Here's the Challenge... Help us raise $10,000 by the end of the Summer - ask your friends, colleagues and family to help!

We're currently raising funds on three fronts in particular:

  1. University-based programming
  2. Matt's Big Walk
  3. Overall community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-based groups).

If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! Ask your friends, colleagues and family to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible through our safe GlobalGiving page. See our website (www.stopcsa.org) for other fundraising mechanisms.

We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!

Thank you all!!

Very Sincerely,

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

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