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Nov 23, 2012

Stop the Silence Fall 2012 Report

Matthew, Bobby (Anni Dori), Pam at Male Survivor
Matthew, Bobby (Anni Dori), Pam at Male Survivor

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:

  • With the Kickstarter on-line fundraising through which we raised $10,000 in about 5 weeks, "Kelpie," which is at the hub of our Art as Advocacy Program and helps us generate community outreach, organizing, awareness-raising, education, and ACTION, came back to the U.S., to San Diego, to the 17th annual Institute for Violence Abuse and Trauma  Conference (IVAT) ConferenceThis play has been shown time and again to raise awareness and knowledge, and catalyze an intent to act as a result of opening both hearts an minds. As usual, the play in San Diego was a grand success, with our many colleagues raving about both the performances as well as the ability of the play to raise awareness and knowledge. This was our kick-off for the use of the play by others across the U.S. and internationally, through the stage or film (see further below) versions. As a result of the performance at the IVAT Conference, the play (or film) has been tentatively invited to Hawaii, as well as Australia, Iceland, and Japan, and there are on-going discussions about some European Isles. Watch the trailer
  • Others are now gearing up for performing the play themselves. Stop the Silence is entering into an agreement with a university film group in West Virginia that will be touring the play with their own cast and the after-show performance, as well as the community organizing piece. This is a very exciting development for Stop the Silence, and begins to help others bring empowerment to many, many others around the nation and the world. If you or someone you know might be interested in working with us in this way, please contact me (Pamela Pine, ppine@stopcsa.org)
  • As I reported last August, Matthew McVarish, playwright and actor, was working with award-winning director Edward M. Smith (and Matthew's brother) to bring Kelpie to the silver screen! We brought the film in pre-final edit to four university campuses over this past month (Indiana University, George Washington University, Emory University, and Cornell University) as the pilot for the expanding program (and then closed the tour by tabling at the Male Survivor Conference in NYC). As is true for the stage version, the film version with after-show presentation, talk-back, and Q-A session was hailed by all who saw it (we're just crunching the evaluation info now, but audience comments and a preliminary review of the evaluations identified enormous appreciation as well as learning).
  • As a result of our involvements with universities, formal and informal "chapters" of Stop the Silence are forming (e.g., Stop the Silence at Indiana University). We are working with universities and community-based groups to raise awareness, and provide prevention and healing efforts through a community organization model.

2.  Upcoming work - continuing to Stop the Silence.

  • The 10th annual Race to Stop the Silence is set for Sunday is set for April 14, 2013 (put it on your calendars), and is presenting with a shiny new image! Registration is open through Active.com. Other areas in the U.S. are also conducting the Race or Walk individually or as a part of the Innocence Revolution (e.g., Florida, California). Jeff Ruday is managing the event this year (Yeah!!) and Anni Dori PR is providing PR assistance (Yeah!!). Various corporate and community groups will be partnering in the effort (Yeah!!)
  • AND, the Race to Stop the Silence this year will also be in Kenya (Nairobi) in partnership with the Child Aid Organization Kenya.
  • The "Kelpie" is in final edit and will be done by January 2013 (and the film with subtitles in various languages will also be available soon) at which time there are already plans to take it and the after-show and community organizing effort to specific campuses in the U.S. as well as universities abroad, and through other organization's programming. If you or someone you know might be interested in bringing it to your campus, please contact me and Alan Horn (basicbus@gmail.com).
  • Starting in May of 2013, Matthew McVarish will be conducting the "10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence," bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL, plus Geneva and the three countries of the UK (31 nations in all).  The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence will include media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products. 

3. Partnerships 

  • Stop the Silence has entered into various partnerships in the past few months and additional ones are soon expected. The ones already established are with:
  •      The Washington Redskins Alumni Association (more news on this coming soon - get ready to meet star football players at the Race and lot of other places, too!). If you'd like to be present at an upcoming Awards ceremony on Nov. 27, where the partnership will be acknowledged and meet a bunch of very famous Redskins while hearing the partnership announced, contact Alan Horn (basicbus@gmail.com) and me (ppine@stopcsa.org). Their Spring golf tournament will benefit Stop the Silence. If you want to play golf with some Redskins, contact me and Alan.
  •      National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse of the National District Attorney's Association (NDAA), with which we are working both nationally and internationally to bring wrap-around programming, i.e., outreach and education, policy/advocacy work, training.
  •      The Innocence Revolution. See www.theinnocencerevolution.org
  •      Various universities and non-profit groups around the country to push forward wrap-around programming.

We Continue to Need Your Help!!  Here's the Challenge...

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

  1. Race to Stop the Silence 2013
  2. Matt's Big Walk
  3. Overall community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-basd groups).

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!!

Very Sincerely,

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

Advertising screen at Emory University
Advertising screen at Emory University
Prescreening Kelpie at Cornell
Prescreening Kelpie at Cornell
GWU Screening Room
GWU Screening Room
A little fun, too - Hard Rock Cafe in IN
A little fun, too - Hard Rock Cafe in IN
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