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.
Mar 15, 2017

At Stop the Silence, its' always Spring!

Pam, Jill, Navy, and USMC Top Staff at CFC Awards
Pam, Jill, Navy, and USMC Top Staff at CFC Awards

“I am so excited to be a part of Stop the Silence. It is a joy to see prevention, education and awareness going out to so many, and in so many ways! In embracing my story and speaking out, I have broken the chains and stopped the silence—for it is the silence that keeps the world enslaved and allows the perpetuation to continue. I am actively putting an end to that…and from here, the sky is the limit.” - Jill Short, Stop the Silence Volunteer and CSA Survivor Force member

Hello, everyone! There is often so much going on at Stop the Silence, I have trouble remembering myself! We've been at this for 17 years and have had a real impact! AND, we keep on going with all that we do, because we MUST!

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is now on the agenda in the U.S. and other places in the world - let's keep it there until it's GONE! We can work together to make a huge difference to protect and heal children, help survivors get the assistance they need, train community members and government officials to provide services and change policies! Help us do the work we do so well! We are ALL making a difference. Change is in process. Change is in the making. Change is HERE!

I want to underline the Stop the Silence model for comprehensive programming that Cyprus is implementing with input from Stop the Silence and that we expect to implement with states in the U.S. and in other countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  It takes into consideration all of the various types of interventions (education, training, policy reform) at all of the levels (individual, school, family, government, society) that need to occur to make a societal shift. Help us continue to make a huge difference now and in the future!! Here's a comment from the most-recent training in Cyprus that we conducted hosted by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture for ALL public school counselors and psychologists just this past January 2017: "Now I know how to use the skills we learned if I have any CSA case in my... office." See attached info and pics! The training was conducted by Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH (yours truly), Dr. Dave Corwin, and Jill Short.

Please see below for the most recent accomplishments - over the past quarter - please see past GlobalGiving reports for Stop the Silence accomplishments over this year. In this report, I'm focusing on "short and sweet" - our TOP FIVE PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS - so that you all can really digest what you have helped accomplish. Let me underline that we are making a difference LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, and INTERNATIONALLY! 

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any HELP AT ANY LEVEL that you can in 2017 and beyond!! 

OVER THIS PAST QUARTER - December 2016 through March 2017 - Stop the Silence has:

  1. Updated and got ready to launch (this month!) the new one-stop Nanny on-line program in collaboration with The Nanny League, which will be mandated for joining League nannies, and is also being adapted for other audiences (e.g., police, teachers, psychologists) – the reach is international given that it is online. 
  2. Continued moving forward with CSA Survivor Force, and readying for those Force members to mentor the next "crop" of those reaching the media with "real" information about CSA
  3. Met and strategized with various local, state, and international groups to move forward awareness, prevention, and action agendas, e.g., with a group in Baltimore, MD to understand how best to address a very complicated and far-reaching church- and other-authority-related severe CSA events
  4. Conducted what may just be the very first all-country (mandated) training of public school psychologists and counselors in Cyprus, which included Cypriots and individuals from other countries interested in bringing the program to their locations - effecting the lives of thousands of children and families (see attached info and pics!)
  5. As the charity representative, presented at numerous Combined Federal Campaign events, but very importantly, the Navy's CFC Award Ceremony, U.S. Pentagon (see attached speech and pics) - 15 years ago, this never would have happened... Change is HERE!!


STAY TUNED THIS NEXT QUARTER WHEN WE:

  • Continue to work with Cyprus and other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to forward comprehensive model programming (see pics attached from the panel for which I was the Key Note Speaker this past July at the House of Commons, Parliament, London, along with speakers like Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, Hertfordshire)
  • Present our Art as Advocacy Programming at Bowie State University in Maryland and Gallaudet University in DC - the world's premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing (our Art as Advocacy programming includes the use of, for examples, the film Flesh: Bought and Sold in the U.S., by independent filmmaker Kristin Ross Lauterbach, who co-wrote the film with Christina Storm and novelist Nicole McQuaid, and the play Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor by Michael Broussard, with after-show presentations/discussions)
  • Join forces with various others like the county of Fairfax, Virginia to bring awareness about CSA and related violence through Stop the Silence: Walk to Stop Sexual Violence (see attached flyer)
  • Further expand CSA Survivor Force media outreach as well as education and training in the U.S. and abroad, e.g., I will be a Plenary Speaker at the SNAP Conference this coming August. 


Thanks, all, for your help. And you can continue that help... Give through GlobalGiving! AND...

Announcing the Little by Little Matching Campaign! This campaign is designed to celebrate the power of small donations and the power of the crowd. From April 3rd to April 7th, GlobalGiving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain. 

So, HELP OUT ANY TIME and if you want your dollars to go further, given between April 3-7!

Thank you! Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence

 

 

Jill and Pam training_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Jill and Pam training_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Stop the Silence & South Africa Colleagues_Cyprus
Stop the Silence & South Africa Colleagues_Cyprus
The Whole Training Gang at dinner_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
The Whole Training Gang at dinner_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Full training room in Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Full training room in Cyprus_Jan. 2017

Attachments:
Nov 29, 2016

Stop the Silence Reminder-Global Giving on Nov. 29

Michael Broussard
Michael Broussard's Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor, 6/16

Hi, all!! I hope your holidays have started well! Don't forget us TODAY, please, in your holiday giving. Child sexual abuse (CSA) can be oh so destructive! We can work together to make a huge difference to protect and heal children, help survivors get the assistance they need, train community members and government officials to provide services and change policies! Help us do the work we do so well!

On Nov. 29 (TODAY - RIGHT NOW!), YOU can seriously (SERIOUSLY!) make a HUGE difference to local, national and international Stop the Silence programming - with little input or effort... There is SO much to be done! We sent out our 2016 accomplishments this past week - and I am reposting them below in the case you missed them - we have done so much! Help us do more to expose and stop CSA and help survivors heal worldwide! Whether you can afford $5 or $50 or $500, your donation on NOV. 29 will go extra special far. And, if you all do just a little, we can do a lot!

GlobalGiving is offering a 50% match on donations made on #GivingTuesday, November 29th up to the first $1 million raised on GlobalGiving.org, made available courtesy of generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day and they will be matching more donations than ever before!

Please see below the Stop the Silence accomplishments in 2016 - locally, nationally, and internationally! And there is PLENTY more to come this coming year... Help us really make a huge difference in this coming year!!

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any HELP AT ANY LEVEL that you can give on November 29, 2016!! 

LOCALLY:

January-December 2016

Over the past year, and as a part of our Art as Advocacy and training areas of focus (see more, below), we have provided the film Flesh: Bought and Sold in the U.S., by independent filmmaker Kristin Ross Lauterbach, who co-wrote the film with Christina Storm and novelist Nicole McQuaid, about CSA and trafficking, and presenting to various members of the Prince George’s Co. School System (all school nurses, numerous teachers, and counselors and psychologists, respectively) through our association with the Human Trafficking Taskforce (Prince George’s County, MD Dept. of Family Services Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Services Division).

Our contacts are pushing forward our involvement with local colleges and universities. We have presented this past year at Prince George’s Community College. 

Other local focus includes providing information to hundreds (perhaps thousands) of others through university outreach (e.g., UMD and various DC-based schools), houses of worship, community groups, etc. throughout the DC Metro area to educate and catalyze community responses.

As invited, we present to various government, non-profit, and corporate groups and reach out to local media, e.g., I-Heart Radio, local TV channels, etc. (see, too, below, CSA Survivor Force).

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH continues to write about CSA for publications and public information documents, as well as join others in policy change advocacy (e.g., re: the Statutes of Limitations) and think about what needs to be done (e.g., what's next? what should be next? - what will continue to make a difference?). 

OTHER STATE/NATIONAL:

January-December 2016

The On-line CSA Training for Nannies, developed this past year, was tested, updated, and is in the process of being enhanced, and we expect to forward it with a major marketing effort to take place in or around January 2017. We also expect that the on-line program – which allows nannies to sit down, sign up, pay for, take the course, and receive a printed certificate to present to employers in a limited amount of time, all in one setting – will be required for all nannies who are a part of the Nanny League (our partner) and to be expanded internationally by mid-year. This will be a template or model for on-line training for other audiences (e.g., police, teachers, psychologists) – the reach is international given that it is online.

The Stop the Silence Art as Advocacy Program continued in 2016 with three performances of Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor written, directed, produced, and performed by Michael Broussard, in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as showing the Scottish-born film To Kill A Kelpie, written by Matthew McVarish, directed by Edward M. Smith, and acted by Matthew McVarish and Alan Lindsay.

April 2016

Survivors Healing Center (SHC) of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast in CA collaborated with Stop the Silence to hold the 10th annual Walk to Stop the Silence, that included informational outreach throughout Santa Crux Co., CA through mass media and on-the-ground dissemination activities, and reached at least tens of thousands of people. This Walk to Stop the Silence is held each year and is overseen and conducted by Survivors Healing Center of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties in collaboration with Stop the Silence.

June-December 2016

Stop the Silence® (www.stopthesilence.org) and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA, www.naasca.org) have joined in a partnership toward the development of a “Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Survivor Force”– an initial and then expanding (locally, regionally, nationally, internationally) group of adult survivors who are coming together to present information about CSA to the media in all regions of the U.S. and then elsewhere. The full Mission of the CSA Survivor Force is to provide factual information about CSA in a gripping manner to all forms of mass media to inform and educate large populations, reduce stigma, and affect change in individual and societal behaviors, policies and procedures across the U.S. and the world. Check out the full information - and find out who you can contact who is currently representing your state, area or region - at either one of these web locations: https://stopthesilence.org/csa-survivor-force/ and http://naasca.org/StopTheSilence/ The Force is expanding in 2017 to all 50 states - and foreign countries!

August-December 2016

At the 21st Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), we met with various researchers, advocates, and practitioners to provide information to these communities about the work that Stop the Silence does (e.g., Art as Advocacy, media/educational outreach, training). Stop the Silence members formally presented two presentations at this Conference (met with high acclaim). We include information about our original activity/objective/goal tracking and measuring program that is continuing to be refined by Bill Mathis (Board member, Stop the Silence, and of CPIC Solutions – the Program is named Amplify).

INTERNATIONAL:

January-December 2016

As a result of the training that Stop the Silence did in December 2014 in Cyprus with the Ministry of Education and Culture, we have continued to share information and assist the Ministry to reach out to its administrators, teachers, counselors and psychologists and others with information. In the past year, Ministry and associated personnel completed two other trainings for teachers (having previously sent a note to responsible parties at the Ministry to ensure that the schools provide a circular obligating everyone who works in schools to get a certification from the Police that they are not offenders). We also have provided other, policy-related information so that Cyprus can continue to focus on enhancing their response. Stop the Silence professionals have been invited back in January of 2017 to provide a training for all school counselors and psychologists, to meet with Ministry staff about the development of a country-wide advocacy / awareness campaign, and meet, too, with Ministry of Health staff, which brings the focus to a whole new level! This model is now being shared with others in other countries. Other countries may participate in the January training. We expect to be able to offer the work done in Cyprus as a model to others.

We have been collaborating with Canadian colleagues to bring film (documentary) and other art forms to an international audience to raise awareness, knowledge, understanding, compassion, and change attitudes and behavior with regard to CSA prevention and treatment. 

June 2016

The Child Aid Organization in Nairobi collaborated with Stop the Silence to hold the first annual Race to Stop the Silence/ Kenya, that included informational outreach through speakers and information dissemination.

July 2016

In July 2016, Pamela Pine was the Key Note Speaker on a panel at the Parliament in London. Other speakers included Parliamentary members, representatives of the police force, social services, students and others. In attendance were other members of the Parliament as well as representatives of police, social services, student groups and the public. A question-answer period and round table discussion followed. Follow-on multi-level programming is expected.

September 2016

Pamela Pine traveled to South Africa to attend the 21st Annual International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. In addition to attending sessions on HIV, she met with representatives of non-profit groups working on CSA, with which Stop the Silence will be collaborating in the future.

November 2016

Pamela Pine was a key speaker at the Hear Our Voice Justice for Children’s Live Survivors Conference Dundee:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3wDmfwJY6A

ONGOING PLANS:

November–Dec. 2016 expected activities

Other activities are planned for the final quarter of 2016 and first quarter 2017, e.g., expansion on the local, national and international levels of our Arts as Advocacy, CSA Survivor Force, and other programs; development of three to five symposiums; training of all school counselors and psychologists in Cyprus; local, national and international media outreach; finalization of on-line nanny training program and testing and expansion to other audiences; and MORE! AND, we are exploring a Stop the Silence headquarters placement on a piece of land in Southern Maryland so that we can conduct onsite training, art as advocacy, and retreats and healing programs!

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any help you can give on November 29, 2016!!

ACE Pyramid
ACE Pyramid
Stop the Silence Race flyer
Stop the Silence Race flyer
Pam and Risa for Crowdrise
Pam and Risa for Crowdrise
Training for Nurses
Training for Nurses
Nov 23, 2016

Global Giving Nov. 29 Matching Funds to Stop the Silence

CSA Survivor Force!
CSA Survivor Force!

We at Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. have been working VERY hard, AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, AND INTERNATIONALLY... We know - 'cause we evaluate everything!

Now, YOU can seriously (SERIOUSLY!) make a HUGE difference with little input or effort... There is SO much to be done. We can tell you our story so far for 2016 with the list of accomplishments and pics below! Help us do more! 

GlobalGiving is offering a 50% match on donations made on #GivingTuesday, November 29th up to the first $1 million raised on GlobalGiving.org, made available courtesy of generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day and they will be matching more donations than ever before!

Please see below all of the Stop the Silence accomplishments in 2016 - locally, nationally, and internationally! And there is PLENTY more to come this coming year... Help us really make a huge difference in this coming year!!

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any HELP AT ANY LEVEL that you can give on November 29, 2016!! (I will send out a reminder next Monday, but please put this on your calendars!)

LOCALLY:

January-December 2016

Over the past year, and as a part of our Art as Advocacy and training areas of focus (see more, below), we have provided the film Flesh: Bought and Sold in the U.S., by independent filmmaker Kristin Ross Lauterbach, who co-wrote the film with Christina Storm and novelist Nicole McQuaid, about CSA and trafficking, and presenting to various members of the Prince George’s Co. School System (all school nurses, numerous teachers, and counselors and psychologists, respectively) through our association with the Human Trafficking Taskforce (Prince George’s County, MD Dept. of Family Services Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Services Division).

Our contacts are pushing forward our involvement with local colleges and universities. We have presented this past year at Prince George’s Community College. 

Other local focus includes providing information to hundreds (perhaps thousands) of others through university outreach (e.g., UMD, and various DC-based schools), houses of worship, community groups, etc. throughout the DC Metro area to educate and catalyze community responses.

As invited, we present to various government, non-profit, and corporate groups and reach out to local media, e.g., I-Heart Radio, local TV channels, etc. (see, too, below, CSA Survivor Force).

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH continues to write about CSA for publications and public information documents, as well as join others in policy change advocacy (e.g., re the Statutes of Limitations) and think about what needs to be done (e.g., what's next? what should be next? - what will continue to make a difference?). Our current focus is an expansion of various programs, including the Art as Advocacy, on-site and on-line training, and CSA Survivor Force work, as we gear up for an expansion of this aspect of our programming in Europe and elsewhere.

OTHER STATE/NATIONAL:

January-December 2016

The On-line CSA Training for Nannies, developed this past year, was tested, updated, and is in the process of being enhanced, and we expect to forward it with a major marketing effort to take place in or around January 2017. We also expect that the on-line program – which allows nannies to sit down, sign up, pay for, take the course, and receive a printed certificate to present to employers in a limited amount of time, all in one setting – will be required for all nannies who are a part of the Nanny League (our partner) and to be expanded internationally by mid-year. This will be a template or model for on-line training for other audiences (e.g., police, teachers, psychologists), as well – the reach is international given that it is online.

The Stop the Silence Art as Advocacy Program continued in 2016 with three performances of Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor written, directed, produced, and performed by Michael Broussard in Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as showing the Scottish-born film To Kill A Kelpie, written by Matthew McVarish, directed by Edward M. Smith, and acted by Matthew McVarish and Alan Lindsay.

April 2016

Survivors Healing Center of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast in CA collaborated with Stop the Silence to hold the 10th annual Walk to Stop the Silence, that included informational outreach throughout Santa Crux Co., CA through mass media and on-the-ground dissemination activities, reaching at least tens of thousands of people, is held each year, overseen and conducted by Survivors Healing Center of the  Family Service Agency of the Central Coast, serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties in collaboration with Stop the Silence.

June-December 2016

Stop the Silence® (www.stopthesilence.org) and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA, www.naasca.org) have joined in a partnership toward the development of a “Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Survivor Force”– an initial and then expanded and expanding (locally, regionally, nationally, internationally) group of adult survivors who are coming together to present information about child sexual abuse (CSA) to the media in all regions of the U.S. and then elsewhere. The full Mission of the CSA Survivor Force is to provide factual information about CSA in a gripping manner to all forms of mass media to inform and educate large populations, reduce stigma, and affect change in individual and societal behaviors, policies and procedures across the U.S. and the world. Check out the full information - and find out who you can contact who is currently representing your state, area or region - at either one of these web locations: https://stopthesilence.org/csa-survivor-force/ and http://naasca.org/StopTheSilence/ The Force is expanding in 2017 to all 50 states - and foreign countries!

August-December 2016

At the 21st Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), we met with various researchers, advocates, and practitioners to provide information to these communities about the work that Stop the Silence does (e.g., Art as Advocacy, media/educational outreach, training). Stop the Silence members formally presented two presentations at this Conference (met with high acclaim). We include information about our original activity/objective/goal tracking and measuring program that is continuing to be refined by Bill Mathis (Board member, Stop the Silence, and of CPIC Solutions – the Program is named Amplify).

INTERNATIONAL:

January-December 2016

As a result of the training that Stop the Silence did in December 2014 in Cyprus with the Ministry of Education and Culture the Ministry, we have continued to share information and assist the Ministry to reach out to its administrators, teachers, counselors and psychologists and others with information. In the past year, Ministry and associated personnel completed two other trainings for teachers (having previously sent a note to responsible parties at the Ministry to ensure that the schools provide acircular obligating everyone who works in schools to get a certification from the Police that they are not offenders). We also have provided other, policy-related information so that Cyprus can continue to focus on enhancing their response. Stop the Silence professionals have been invited back in January of 2017 to provide a training for all school counselors and psychologists, to meet with Ministry staff about the development of a country-wide advocacy / awareness campaign, and meet, too, with Ministry of Health staff. This model is now being shared with others in other countries. Other countries may participate in the January training. We expect to be able to offer the work done in Cyprus as a model to others.

June 2016

The Child Aid Organization in Nairobi collaborated with Stop the Silence to hold the first annual Race to Stop the Silence/ Kenya, that included informational outreach throughout speakers and information dissemination.

July 2016

In July 2016, Pamela Pine was the Key Note Speaker on a panel at the Parliament in London. Other speakers included Parliamentary members, representatives of the police force, social services, students and others. In attendance were other members of the Parliament as well as representatives of police, social services, student groups and the public. A question-answer period and round table discussion followed. Follow-on multi-level programming is expected.

September 2016

Pamela Pine traveled to South Africa to attend the 21st Annual International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. In addition to attending sessions on HIV, she met with representatives of non-profit groups working on CSA, with which Stop the Silence will be collaborating in the future.

November 2016

Pamela Pine was a key speaker at the Hear Our Voice Justice for Children’s Live Survivors Conference Dundee:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3wDmfwJY6A

ONGOING PLANS:

November–Dec. 2016 expected activities

Other activities are planned for the final quarter of 2016 and first quarter 2017, e.g., expansion on the local, national and international levels of our Arts as Advocacy, CSA Survivor Force, and other programs; development of three to five symposiums; training of all school counselors and psychologists in Cyprus; local, national and international media outreach; finalization of on-line nanny training program and testing and expansion to other audiences; and MORE! AND, we are exploring a Stop the Silence headquarters placement on a piece of land in Southern Maryland so that we can conduct onsite training, art as advocacy, and retreats and healing programs!

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any help you can give on November 29, 2016!!

 

 

On-line Nanny Training with the Nanny League!
On-line Nanny Training with the Nanny League!
Stop the Silence educating the public!
Stop the Silence educating the public!
Stop the Silence Local Awareness and Education!
Stop the Silence Local Awareness and Education!
Stop the Silence Ministry/School Training, Cyprus!
Stop the Silence Ministry/School Training, Cyprus!
 
   

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