Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

The Mission of Stop the Silence is to expose and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. Our overarching Goals are to: 1) help stop child sexual abuse (CSA) and related forms of violence; 2) promote healing of victims and survivors; and 3) celebrate the lives of those healed.
Jul 6, 2016

Stop the Silence: Into the second half of 2016!

Reported Sex Offenses rising in England and Wales
Reported Sex Offenses rising in England and Wales
And so it begins.... 

FROM: Pamela Pine <pamelajpine@gmail.com>

Jun 23 (12 days ago)
to Patricia
Hi, Patricia. I hope all's grand! Ama and I have been talking. We have been thinking about all this - and have some ideas.

Thanks! 

All the best, Pam
___________________
FROM: Patricia
to Pamela Pine

No doubt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

...or, so it continues!... Another great possibility to move programming forward. "Patricia" is Patricia Phaedonos in Cyprus. As a result of the European project Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, which, under the helm of Matthew McVarish, helped make critical connects for Stop the Silence in Europe in 2013 and 2014, Stop the Silence (Pamela Pine, and Ama Delevett, from Survivors Healing Center in California, one or our partners) conducted an initial training in late 2014 for the Ministry. The Ministry has asked us back again to provide a new round of training, the one upcoming for school counselors and psychologists, to prepare the country for a comprehensive program on CSA prevention and mitigation. And we got other stuff up our sleeve, too! We can't wait! 

The trainings that we conduct are highly interactive and adult-learner based. We provide presentations, short films, interactive and creative activities (including drawing, stories from the field, group discussion), learner presentations, and much more. Our aim is to have the training create lasting change - and we have shown that it does! We provide a certificate of completion so that others can see that those trained have important information about this critical issue. 

Our innovative training also is expanding in Prince George's Co., Maryland, where we will next be doing a program for school nurses (we've been training teachers, counselors, family liaison personnel and others), to other states, to Europe! 

Thanks to the great work of Linda Lawrence, Founder and Director, Kids Count, I (Pamela Pine) am speaking on a panel in London on July 13 (click here to check it out - Stop the Silence and End Child Sexual Abuse), along with a rep from Kids Count; Lord McNally of the Chair Youth Justice Board; Stephen McPartland, MP Chair of the APPG Child and youth Crime; Detective Sergeant Bhupendra Sonigra of the Metropolitan Police (Sexual Exploitation team); and Detective Inspector Ivor Beer, Metropolitan Police (Sexual Exploitation team! The BBC reported on information from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) that the number of recorded sexual offenses against children in England and Walkes has risen by a third (June 2015). (See chart attached below with some of the stats.) As Mark Easton, BBC home editor noted, however, "The fact that police are recording more suspected incidents of child sexual abuse should probably be regarded as a positive development. Police forces have put significant effort into encouraging victims of such crimes to come forward and this seems to be paying off..." Stop the Silence hopes it can help some with next steps!

This past quarter, too, we have continued the expansion of our Arts as Advocacy programming with bookings of both Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor, written, produced, and acted by Michael Brossard; To Kill A Kelpie, the film written by Matthew McVarish and directed by Edward M. Smith; Hti by Lightning music video by Tamora Pellikka / Written by Amy Pine; and we are looking at other possibilities as well! And we are expecting expansion in Europe and Africa, and then other areas!

Then there is the continuing wonderful work of the CSA Survivor Force, a partnership between Stop the Silence and NAASCA, headed by Bill Murray. We have our great new business cards (see attached!), and the Force has expanded to 23 (we are adding state by state) in the U.S. and there is interest in the program from Canada, England, France, Germany, and elsewhere! YAY! (You can see the CSA Survivor Force description in French, attached!)

And, of course, there's the Stop the Silence online Nanny Training in collaboration with the Nanny League (www.nannyleague.com), which will be expanded to other nannies and other service groups nationally and internationally. Lindsay Thomason, President of the Nanny League, and I are updating the program to make it best serve the nannies (and soon others!)

Finally, while the Race to Stop the Silence in D.C. is no more (truly, guys, it was going to kill me), others are doing the Walk or Race to Stop the Silence elsewhere in, for examples, California (started by Amy Pine, with Survivors Healing Center, in collaboration with Stop the Silence, see pics), Virginia, and Kenya (pics next time!). The Walks and Races have done their job well! 

We'll keep this moving! "See" ya all again soon! 

Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence

Cypriot Min. of Ed and Culture_STS Training 2014
Cypriot Min. of Ed and Culture_STS Training 2014
Amy at Walk to Stop the Silence in CA_April 2016
Amy at Walk to Stop the Silence in CA_April 2016
Native Dancers_Walk to Stop the Silence in CA 2016
Native Dancers_Walk to Stop the Silence in CA 2016

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Mar 31, 2016

First Qtr. 2016 at Stop the Silence, into Spring!

Intense time at Cyprus CSA Training
Intense time at Cyprus CSA Training

One night in San Francisco, early on in the Stop the Silence Arts As Advocacy Program - it was 2011 - a 67-year-old gentleman who said, after seeing the production that night of To Kill A Kelpie written by Matthew McVarish and during the discussion part of the program: "I and my brother were abused as young boys. We have never spoken about our abuse with each other or anyone else. I am going home and calling my brother." That should be nearly all the proof we needed to know we "had" something important (but we evaluate every program anyway :-) ).

We have gone on and matured and expanded, using additional plays, films, music videos, books and other artistic means to open hearts and minds and then provide the factual information so that people know more about child sexual abuse (CSA), understand more about it, know better what to do to prevent and mitigate it... This quarter, we have continued the expansion of this programming with bookings of both Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor, written, produced, and acted by Michael Brossard; Kelpie, the film, by Edward M. Smith; Hti by Lightning music video by Tamora Pellikka / Written by Amy Pine - You are not alone! It was not your fault! You can heal!; and more. 

There's a whole lot of info about the overall training below, but there is so much wonderful stuff to share!! 

- First, there's the Stop the Silence online Nanny Training in collaboration with the Nanny League (www.nannyleague.com), which will be expanded to other nannies and other service groups nationally and internationally. Lindsay Thomason, President of the Nanny League, gave me goosebumps when she recently wrote to me: "I am SO grateful for you and all that you do. You are a true pioneer and I am so very thankful that you took my call over three years ago. It has impacted my life in such a tremendous way, and I only hope that I've made some kind of an impression on yours. I am forever committed to this cause and I'm very excited for what's to come. I believe, wholeheartedly, that this partnership was meant to be. YOU deserve all the credit on behalf of so many survivors, including me, for making this all possible. It took me a very long time to find my voice but I won't stop talking about Stop The Silence! I am SO very proud to be a part of this organization." 

- Then there is the wonderful work today of Mary Beth Holzwarth, Member, CSA Survivor Force (and the other CSA Survivor Force members!), a partnership between Stop the Silence and NAASCA, headed by Bill Murray. Mary Beth wrote this a few days ago: "I'm so very excited!!! The interview with the two reporters with the Capital Journal (South Dakota) went so very well! I was able to talk about what the goals of CSA Survivor Force [https://stopthesilence.org/csa-survivor-force/] are and gave a lot of tips on prevention and what adults can do to keep kids safe! We talked about our story and how our faith has helped us, Jolene's Law, What If Cards, and Endeavor 52 and hopefully it will open the door to many more opportunities for CSA Survivor Force!!! We talked for over an hour and I think they wanted to go longer but I had to get going. They really wanted to know how they could get people to really begin talking about it, exactly what CSA Survivor Force hopes to do, and especially how professionals can get on board with making changes for children! So very thankful to God for this opportunity!"

- Our innovative training is moving forward from Prince George's Co., Maryland (where we've been training teachers, counselors, family liaison personnel and others), to other states, to Europe!

Below and attached provides some more specific information about the Stop the Silence training, which is always fully adaptable for the needs of the audience and something that we do routinely through a really easy-to-apply assessment:

The training is highly interactive, adult-learner based. We provide presentations, short films, interactive and creative activities (including drawing, stories from the field, group discussion), learner presentations, and much more. Our aim is to have the training create lasting change - and we have shown that it does (see attached evaluations).
 
The training is evidence-based, and consistently updated to include the most up-to-date information about CSA, its prevention and mitigation, and its relationship to other types of sexual and other violence. We provide, for example, the most recent research on the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study outcomes, and its application to prevention and mitigation in the "real world." I am on the Board of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, or NPEIV, and Stop the Silence is a Key member of their Advisory, and we have access to all the research that comes through their many journals. 
 
We provide a certificate of completion.
 
We also provide an option to include a relevant screening of a much-evaluated film, or short play, and/or a music video that are associated with our work. This is part of our Art as Advocacy Programming, which helps open hearts and minds toward acceptance of information and greater understanding. The information about our Arts as Advocacy University / Community Program is also attached.
 
We pride ourselves on "leaving the information behind" so that others can perform the training later for various audiences. 
 
Here is information below, supporting info attached. 
  • Within one year of the training in Cyprus, our colleague there reported the following and credited us with catalyzing the progress - the language below was approved by the Government of Cyprus. (They are trying to bring us back in December 2016 to help plan an national campaign!)
    • Stop the Silence is very happy and proud to announce that, following a training conducted by Stop the Silence at the end of 2014, the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus first established a special committee;
    • Then, out of that committee, came a Circular to ensure that children are protected against child sexual abuse and get the help they need if it has occurred. 
    • The Ministry is now training others: teachers and ministry officers as well as counselors (see pics), and making presentations of the circular in schools!
    • The focus, too, is on developing an advocacy and education campaign! 
  • The evaluation of a very recently held but shorter presentation / training for the Prince George's Co. School System. Stop the Silence was engaged by Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Services Division of the Children, Youth and Families Division, Department of Family Services.
  • Arts as Advocacy overview
Please let me know if anyone out there would like information about anything else. I will be happy to provide it! 

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH
Founder and CEO
Stop the Silence
Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor scene
Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor scene
Nanny League
Nanny League
CSA Survivor Force logo
CSA Survivor Force logo

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Dec 28, 2015

Stop the Silence finishes another year - 16 years!

Arts4Change logo
Arts4Change logo

Hello, everyone! And thank you for your on-going support. I want to thank you all, and invite you to work with us - and keep singing, drawing, painting, performing, movie-making, etc., toward greater spirituality, healing and education for others! Check out the reports and attachments below - and stay tuned for much, much more from many! Opening hearts and minds toward understanding and action! Let's kick off the new year well. Please give to this important organization and its programming. Please help stop and heal CSA!

I wrote this to an important donor (and now a friend) just recently and I like it, so I'll repeat it to all of you...

I want to take a few very important moments - because it's deserved and because it is right before a time when thing not only should but really need to be said - to truly and heartily and gratefully thank you for all you have done to help Stop the Silence. 

This is not an easy task, after all, trying to prevent, treat, and mitigate child sexual abuse. Your contributions, both strategically and monetarily, have made it easier. I have been working on this since 2000, and full-force since 2002. It has been more than worthwhile, fascinating, sad, frustrating, wonderful, excruciating, and much more. None of it has been easy, but that is ok. It has been said that much of what is worth doing in this world is often not easy, and that the most important lessons are the hardest ones to learn - and this is worthwhile and the lessons oh so important! We have done a lot; we have affected many lives, will will do more. In my last quarterly report (Fall 2015, in September), I provided a lot of information, so I will keep this report short so not to take too much of your time during this busy holiday season. 

  • We are helping to lead a national Survivor Force, put in place this past quarter (stay tuned for further details!) that will educate a very wide public. As a part of this, Stop the Silence and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse's (NAASCA)'s newly formed non-profit team up further, we aim to bring the kind of information, education and training forward to further stop and help heal child sexual abuse! Check out this GREAT piece of testimony from Tara Walker Lyons to the State Legislature in Montana! Go Tara!!
  • There is an online training for nannies that we developed and that will go wide in 2016 - we will create more trainings for more and other types of service providers over the year.
  • This past quarter (in November) we did trainings for social service, school, and university students in Prince George's Co., Maryland; these are ongoing, and we are holding regular symposiums for local and state governments, with the next one focused on nurses, familiy liaison, and social service professionals in February and March.
  • Our university program is expanding. I am excited about them all, but I am very excited about both the expansion to the Greek societies (Arts4Change - see our lovely logo below) and programs for those at higher risk for CSA (in this category are disabled, non-hearing, underserved audiences). These populations are often easier prey and, given that there is a there is a relationship between early sexual violence and later sexual violence, this is very important work - we're looking to help stop the generational aspect of CSA. 
  • We are working with the governments and others in Europe to bring more training to there, e.g., train-the-trainer training and a focus on a country-wide campaign (we conducted an enormously well-received training for the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture in Dec. 2014 that lead, in only one year, to a White Paper, new policies and procedures for administrators, teachers, students, etc), and to other Central European nations with the government of Cyprus as a partner. 
  • We have a request for funding out for programming in Kenya and elsewhere, too! We continue collaborating with a group in Kenya on other fronts. 

So, let me say thank you thank you thank you for all that you have done and wish you and yours a very happy holiday and Happy New Year! 

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training locally, nationally, and internationallyMake a donation to help Stop the Silence this holiday season! We thank you for your support now and always along the way. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

There is SO much to do - it WILL take us ALL! It will take us all whether we work together or alone, but together is better. Join us in this movement! Join others! Read about what we're doing - and do join the movement!

Thanks for all! Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence !

Join me in song and other Arts4Change!
Join me in song and other Arts4Change!

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