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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