Hello, everyone... As we do every quarter, Stop the Silence is bringing you the news of this past Fall. As I do in every report, I'll summarize what's been going on (lots as usual!!), and, as usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you! Read on -- the Challenge info is toward the bottom. At this time of Thanksgiving, please contribute what you can - it goes a long way! And I hope it is/was a VERY happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it. For those who don't, let's all give thanks for all we are given and give!
Please do read this whole report - there is a lot of VERY important information and I want you to be as informed as possible - it won't take but a few moments of your time. Thanks!!
1. Our 2012 Fall Activities:
2. Upcoming work - continuing to Stop the Silence.
We Continue to Need Your Help!! Here's the Challenge...
We're currently raising funds on three fronts in particular:
We are looking to raise more than $500,000 over the next two quarters. If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! All donations are tax-deductible through our safe Global Giving page.
We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!
Thank you all!!
Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder, Stop the Silence
Hello, everyone... Time for a Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse update! As usual, there's a lot that has happened in the last three months, and also a lot brewing. As I did in the last report, I'll summarize it, and also invite you to check out the links below as there's lots of additional, really interesting info within those. And, as I did formerly, I have a CHALLENGE for you! Read on -- the Challenge info is toward the bottom.
1. Here are some of the activities that we've been up to this Summer - and what's happening over the next few months!:
2. As I reported last time, Stop the Silence is heavily involved with the Stop Abuse Campaign. Read about the Campaign and take the pledge -- we will all benefit!
3. Some future work of Stop the Silence.
We're currently raising funds on two fronts in particular: for the next Race to Stop the Silence and for Matt's Big Walk in 2013. In the next six months, we need to raise at least $50,000. If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! All donations are tax-deductible through our safe Global Giving page.
Hello, everyone... Time for a Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse update! There's SOOO much that's been going on as we focus on Awareness, Prevention and Healing! I'll summarize it, and also invite you to check out the the links below as there's lots of additional, really interesting within those. Also, I have a CHALLENGE for you -- an important one! Read on -- the Challenge info is toward the bottom.
1. Here are some of the activities that we've been up to this Spring - and what's happening over the next few months!:
2. Teacher Training Petition. In response to the Penn State and Syracuse, and other, recent (and not-so-recent scandals, Stop the Silence took up a petition to urge the U.S. Congress to mandate training for teachers and other school related personnel so that they can understand and recognize child sexual abuse. We had set the goal originally at 10,000 signatures, but that was so quickly obtained that we raised the goal and then raised it and raised it again. A this writing, there are just under 80,000 signatures and the names of all those from the U.S. continue to be sent to Congress this coming week. We invite you to add your names to the list.
3. As I reported last time, Stop the Silence is heavily involved with the Stop Abuse Campaign. Read about the Campaign and take the pledge -- we will all benefit!
Some plans for the upcoming years:
We're currently raising funds to make sure all costs associated with the international kickoff for "Kelpie" in San Diego are covered. In the next four months, we need to raise $30,000. I'm asking for your help in raising $10,000 between now and August 31, 2012 -- and more if you can help us swing it (give whatever you can each month, ask your friends and family to donate, etc.) All donations are tax-deductible through our safe Global Giving page.
Thank you all!!
Hello, everyone! I wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year!! We are always happy about the work moving forward, and yet, this year, I'm sensing a real change afloat with regard to child sexual abuse awareness and our programming. We expect to be able to share some very exciting news with you all soon.
I also want to send you all an update now about the activities of Stop the Silence so that you're kept "in the loop."
1. Primary Programming News. There is lots happening, as usual. Of course, there is the on-going work on some up-and-coming activities:
2. Teacher Training Petition. In response to the Penn State and Syracuse, and other, recent (and not-so-recent scandals, Stop the Silence took up a petition to urge the U.S. Congress to mandate training for teachers and other school related personnel so that they can understand and recognize child sexual abuse. We had set the goal originally at 10,000 signatures, but that was so quickly obtained that we raised the goal to 15,000. A this writing, there are 15,399 signatures and the names -- from people all over the world! -- are going to Congress this coming week. We invite you to add your names to the list.
3. Stop the Silence and its involvement in Major National Coalitions. We have been a part and also recently joined and are working with a few coalitions of organizations that are addressing the issue of child sexual abuse (CSA) together in the aftermath of the abuse scandals at Penn State, Syracuse University, and elsewhere, with a focus on comprehensive programming on CSA and other types of interpersonal violence. These coalitions include:
4.Matthew McVarish's Walk from Spain to France. Matthew McVarish, the playwright who wrote "Kelpie" (who also plays one of the brothers in the U.S. performances) walked for a week in October 2011 from Spain to France -- about 120 miles -- to raise awareness about CSA and raise funds for Stop the Silence and the Moira Anderson Foundation. In the process, Matt helped raise about $3,000! You can read all about his harrowing and hysterically-told tale in his blog. He is planning a really long walk for 2012 all around the UK for the same purpose.
5. Report out on Awareness and Education Activities. Certainly, we continue to work to bring awareness and education through the media (e.g., ClearChannel Radio, Channel 9, through newspapers like the LA Times and various articles in The Washington Times (three articles - click on the words "The," (for the first article), "Washington" for Part 1, and "Times" for Part 2, for two other articles, which highlight general info and info about Kelpie and the Race), and through schools, houses of worship, and health fairs, like the upcoming NBC4 Health Fair in DC.
6. Board Report. I should add that our Board continues to grow with important expertise as a result... In addition to individuals with important skills that we need, and representation from survivors, we have been diligently recruiting representation of those with major foundation and corporate experience and reach to help put Stop the Silence on even firmer footing. All of the Board information is up on the Web site, www.stopcsa.org. A shout out to Mark Williams, Chair, for his tireless work on the organization's behalf!!
And, while you're on the site, check out the beautiful and updated Survivors section! There has definitively been a change over the past year or two; survivors -- men and women -- are speaking out in unprecedented numbers. We applaud and celebrate their bravery and healing!
We Continue to Need Your Help!!
Unless societies throughout the world can face and address CSA, it will not be stopped. This year, we've continued to provide information to prevent CSA through classrooms, and community venues and events, and offer survivors and supporters a means to share information and healing directly through safe, creative and accessible venues. We bring CSA out of the shadows and into the light worldwide by providing a safe way for survivors to share their thoughts and experiences and reach others with such important information. Please help us continue to do this important work by making a tax-deductible donation now through our safe Global Giving page.
Hello, everyone. I'm sending a quick report to update you and to ask you to help out in this upcoming GlobalGiving matching campaign starting on Oct. 19 at 12:01am EST for donations made in the U.S. through the GlobalGiving Stop the Silence site. There is a 30% matching donation from GlobalGiving starting at that time for donations up to $1,000 until $100,000 in matching funds has been spent. Please do log on to the Global Giving Stop the Silence site as close after 12:01 EST on Oct. 19 to do your part in helping raise funds to help Stop the Silence -- whether it's $5 or $500 or more, we need your help!!
In addition to a number of trainings in schools and religious institutions over the past months, we have been heavily involved lately with the development of new information materials, and with gearing up at for both the New York City off-broadway production of To Kill A Kelpie and the 2012 Race to Stop the Silence (April 29, 2012) in downtown Washington, D.C., off Freedom Plaza -- and we need your help to succeed on all fronts.
1. As I've mentioned, Stop the Silence’s successful running of its Phase I Art and Advocacy Program is moving into the next phases:
Summer/Fall 2011-Mid-Winter 2011/2012: Finalize business model, plan, and legal framework that include identifying the means by which to collaborate with groups throughout the U.S. to bring To Kill A Kelpie to their local areas.
Winter 2011-Spring 2012: Plan, rehearse, and then perform “Kelpie” in NYC to larger venues (about 300 seater theatres) and one or more other locations.
Summer: Carry out evaluation/finalize evaluation document(s), and plan for a further broadening of the Art as Advocacy Program using "Kelpie" and other works to reach wide audiences.
Fall 2012: Kick off Phase 3 by distributing materials before the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence's 17th Annual Conference through their 20,000 member e-mail list, the Prevent Child Abuse America e-list, the Stop the Silence e-list and other groups and media; distributing materials at the conference; and performing the play at the conference and elsewhere in San Diego. In 2012, we plan to reach out to others throughout the world through our Art-as-Advocacy Program.
Matthew McVarish, the playwright who wrote "Kelpie" (who also plays one of the brothers in the U.S. performances) is about to start is "short walk" on Oct. 24 from Spain to France to raise awareness about CSA and Stop the Silence and is planning a really long walk for 2012 all around the UK for the same purpose. This helps kick off additional international Stop the Silence programming.
2. We're gearing up now for the 8th annual Race to Stop the Silence on April 29, 2012 in downtown D.C. (www.stopcsa.org/race -- registration is open). Over 1200 people registered in 2011. The Race has proven over and over again its worth in reaching individuals and the masses with information to increase awareness and catalyze community action on CSA.
3. Training and outreach is going great. Stop the Silence is continually requested to come out to schools, organizations and religious groups' gatherings to bring awareness and understanding to kids of all ages, their guardians, and those who serve them (teachers, counselors, religious leaders). We are working on our upcoming months' schedule for this type of training and educational programming.
Again, thank you all for your on-going support! Please do log on as close after 12:01 EST on Oct. 19 to do your part in helping raise funds to help Stop the Silence -- whether it's $5 or $500 or more, it all helps!! Thanks!!
Pamela Pine, Founder, Stop the Silence
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