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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

Attachments:
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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Sep 29, 2015

Fall Into or is it Into Fall Helping Stop the Silence!

Our Newest Recruit - Max Pine at NIST!
Our Newest Recruit - Max Pine at NIST!

Hello, everyone. Well, as usual, we have been very, very busy over this past quarter - working on some very exciting initiatives. 

I still learn or feel something new on a regular basis and try to apply what I can. As I said last time, I've been involved with child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention and healing for 15 years now. WOW! What became most transparent - most felt to me, most real to me – most recently - over the last months - is how hard it must be for all survivors, and what it takes to cope. I have worked with and been friends with many survivors over the past 15 years, and I "knew" many things about CSA, but... While in Cyprus last December, I had a bit of an epiphany of sorts while talking about offenders and survivors’ healing. I felt like I started to feel what the aftermath might feel like (I don't know that what I felt was what some or most survivors feel, but I can be pretty empathic.) I walked around with a really, really heavy heart for good while (you know, that feeling like, seriously, your heart is going to break or explode - it truly feels heavy, bloated... wrong, like it, itself wants to cry).

But out of the ashes, as they say... I have learned how to take care of myself better as a result, I have also learned more about letting people in and how, how to support others better, and hopefully, I can do what I do better in the world. Perhaps I now bring a better me to it. :-)

I have to thank you, Amy - and Bob! - for listening to me for HOURS (honestly, if you put the time together, it must be at weeks' of overall time) to help me learn - to help me learn how for me to listen to me! But, I have to thank so many other people - survivors - for bringing so much to me and to the work. In alphabetical order, here are just a very, very few: Amanda, Andrew, Chris, Barbara, Edward, LaQuisha, Matthew, Svava, and so, so, so many, many more. Everywhere I go, every time I open my mouth about CSA, I meet survivors, many who become friends or colleagues. Thank you for helping, thank you for healing, thank you for teaching, thank you for your dedication, caring, hard work, tenacity, and for just keeping on keeping on!

Ultimately, I am happy and excited to be making a difference - I think we are...

Please read on about our programming locally, nationally, and internationally over the past quarter: 

First, let me tell ya about... Stop the Silence 5YP - In April 2015 Stop the Silence (Bill Mathis with input from the rest of us) created a draft Five Year Strategic Plan supporting programs and initiatives to achieve is vision and mission goals, and it has been further revised recently. The Plan establishes core themes for advocacy, outcomes and results : 

  1. Focused Messaging and Activism
  2. Integrating End-toe-nd Survivor Healing
  3. Engagement with Education: Education in the Community, Education for Authorities, Education for Healthcare
  4. Integrating End-to-End Prevention
  5. Advocating New / Improved Research
  6. Focused Fundraising and Recruiting

The 5YP is aligned to the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence's (NPEIV) National Plan themes, but covers topics and outcomes specifically focused on the issues of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Survivor Healing. This plan contains the high-level content and objectives for Stop the Silence’s Arts4Change initiative, a new program geared to the Greek Community.

Then, for your reading pleasure, here are some details about our hands-on work over the past quarter leading toward our goals and objectives...

LOCAL 

  • In June, we presented to the Prince George’s Co. Human Trafficking Taskforce (Prince George’s County, MD Dept. of Family Services Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Services Division) on the relationship between the issues of CSA and trafficking, and we will be providing a symposium (date TBD) for the Department of Education. The members present were from the Dept. of Social Services, Office of the State's Attorney, Fire Dept., PG County School System, Human Relations Commission, and the Department of Family Services. Contacts there are pushing forward our involvement with other local colleges and universities, Other local focus includes providing information to hundreds (perhaps thousands) of others through university outreach in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, houses of worship, community groups, etc., to educate and catalyze community responses.
  • We are in discussion about further programming and training for the social service and school systems (e.g., nurses) in Prince George’s Co. Maryland. We will be providing training for the Public School Counselors (60), Student Pupil Workers (235) and Health and Human Services staff (100) early next year. Health and Human Services is comprised of Health Department, Social Services, and Family Services Departments. 
  • We are thrilled to be taking part in a bunch of tabling for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) - we get to educate as well as raise needed funds for our work! (Check out my newest recruit in the first pic below!)

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL 

  • At Stop the Silence at Indiana University, lots is in the works. During the summer months, the group focused mostly on preparing for the upcoming year with the Board of Stop the Silence at IU transitioning and contacting various university departments (Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology) for partnerships and reaching out for a new faculty advisor; exploring community partnerships for raising awareness and events; conducting meetings with University sexual assault awareness groups (‘Culture of Care at IU’, IU CAPS- Counseling and Psychological Services); and, in early September (moving into the Fall), the group has been working with the Indiana University Student Involvement and Union Board to contact more students for recruitment purposes.Stop the Silence at IU has a Fall Fundraising Month scheduled for October with canning at local downtown Bloomington restaurants.
  • The work on the Arts as Advocacy strategic map, engagement themes and outcomes templates continues. The Stop the Silence strategy mapping and outcomes management proof-of-concept for Road to Change in Europe (May 2013-February 2015) was converted into an online template for long-range planning and program design. Arts as Advocacy is the generic University engagement model that established the basic theme of the Engagement With Education outcomes theme – specific training and education focused on communities, college curricula, legal / judicial and healthcare. As noted above, Stop the Silence expanded this approach (after March) with the Arts4Change initiative focused on fraternities and sororities.
  • The Arts4Change (A4C) initiative was created as a key part of an overall five year strategic plan (5YP, see above) that builds on the Arts as Advocacy model for University partnerships, locally-based engagement, and repeatable nation-wide education and activism toward the Stop the Silence vision and mission...
    • Bill Mathis of CPIC Solutions and our Board Secretary/Treasurer has developed new Amplify models (mapping toward objectives and goals) using proven templates from the Road To Change (in the EU) and the Art as Advocacy (U.S. currently) projects.
    • The A4C plan is built around public festivals to solicit and celebrate various forms of artistic expression relevant to Child Sexual Abuse prevention and healing. The A4C roadmap included preliminary steps to define goals and establish fundamental messaging and brand images for the initiative.
    • The 2015 near-term actions include pilot engagement within new universities and an introductory arts event involving an estimated dozen or so Washington DC area colleges and universities. Lessons learned will be used to prepare for and stage the inaugural Arts4Change Festival planned for Child Abuse Awareness Month in 2016. THANK YOU STOP THE SILENCE INTERNS FOR HELPING MAKE THIS A REALITY!
  • The on-line Nanny training is in development and we are working to have a trial period from October 1 forward. This will be a template/model for training for other audiences – the reach is international given that it is online. 
  • Stop the Silence continues to reach out to the world through the media. A recent (September 7) interview with United Kingdom Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal (UK CSAPT) highlighted Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, CEO (little old me) of Stop the Silence on a prevention and healing focus. Click here for the finished UK CSAPT YouTube link for the conversation. 
  • We have been honored and pleased, too, to continue to be a part of various international conferences to reach out to disseminate information and catalyze action, like at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) - see pics below - and to share panels with distinguished individuals and share the information that I have. So much to do that it sometimes has me saying "whew," but I am so glad that I've learned so much, shared what I can, and that I get to do it with so many wonderful people! The picture below of the older woman is Rose Schindler, a Jewish survivor of the holocaust - she told her story as she has so many times, keeping the promise to her father who died in Auschwitz to live and "let the world know." So, we all need to try to follow in her footsteps! We are working on it - thank you for joining us in the effort! Next July, I am excited to be going to New Zealand to take part in the Pacific Women's Indigenous Network (PACWin). Yeah!

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!

Pam on panel - I know it's serious, but GEESH!!
Pam on panel - I know it's serious, but GEESH!!
Panel members
Panel members
Pam and Rose Schindler at IVAT
Pam and Rose Schindler at IVAT
The crowd at IVAT
The crowd at IVAT
Pamela Pine and David Clohessy, Director of SNAP
Pamela Pine and David Clohessy, Director of SNAP
Great work, women awardees!
Great work, women awardees!
 
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