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Jul 3, 2017

Stop the Silence: Advocacy, Education & Training

Cntr. for Abused Persons Vigil-Victims of Abuse
Cntr. for Abused Persons Vigil-Victims of Abuse

On Thursday, May 10, 2017, I (Pamela Pine, CEO, Stop the Silence) received some wonderful news from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (VAT) in San Diego, CA.

The email I received said this: "It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been nominated to receive an award at the 22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, from September 21st-27th, 2017. This award is given to the individual who exemplifies compassion, wisdom, and tirelessness. They serve those who most need an ally during the most painful of times. This award honors and encourages the qualities of an advocate by recognizing outstanding life achievement on behalf of victims of interpersonal violence."

I wrote back:

"I am thrilled... Thank you so much... My reality is that awards and praise have never been my motivators. Good work (from my perspective and respected others) and results, and the friends and colleagues I have made along the way, have been.

And, yet, I have been in my chosen field for 40 years, and, for those years, and years before that given the family I grew up in, I have been involved with advocacy in one form or another, in one area or another. And, now, to be recognized by my peers, and such illustrious ones at that, means something very real and important to me. I have worked hard, struggled with lots, been successful at much. And this recognition is important to me. And means a lot on many levels.

So, from the bottom of my heart and from the core of my being: Thank you. It is important work that we all do. You have made this person's work even more meaningful

Join us! There is so much to do and in so many ways and so many ways to join us at Stop the Silence... I mean, besides Jill Short being crowned as Mrs. Washington, D.C. (!), and using her platform to reach out about CSA prevention and mitigation...

Our biggest news over the past quarter is our launched on-line training for nannies! We've started in partnership with The Nanny League (thank you so much for your partnership, Lindsay Aspell!!). Stop the Silence set up a comprehensive on-line, certificate training that the nannies that are placed through The Nanny League are now required to take. The nannies can register, pay a small fee, and take the training in one or more sittings, and get a certificate of completion at the end that they can present to their employees. 

But we're not stopping there! Over the next weeks, we will be expanding the availability of this training to all nannies, everywhere (the training in currently in English, but it will be available in other languages later). And, we will be tailoring this training and making it available to educators, social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, doctors, lawyers, and others soon! That is our primary focus for the next month or two, while we continue to further strategize and set up comprehensive, strategic, and systemic national and international programming. Our programming involves both a bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom focus, working with survivors, service providers, and policymakers. (For the directions that we continue to move in, please see attached, updated Cyprus progress.)

To help build our broad focus, we continue to build piece by piece, situation by situation, focus by focus to bring the best of what we can to meet the overall need. Please see below and pics for the most recent accomplishments - over the past quarter (please see past GlobalGiving reports for Stop the Silence accomplishments over this 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 in 2017 and beyond!! 

OVER THIS PAST QUARTER (April-June, 2017), Stop the Silence has:

  1. April: Launched the new one-stop Nanny on-line program in collaboration with The Nanny League, which is mandated for new nannies placed by the Nanny League, which is also being adapted for other audiences (e.g., police, teachers, social workers, and others) – the reach will be international given that it is online. 
  2. April 2- Provided a presence in the March to End Child Abuse, Upper Senate Park at the Capitol; Speech "Rise Up”, a call to action on a national and global level.
  3. April 2-  Met with entire Florida Unicef Team, Union Station, Washington DC; Live speech giving a summary of Stop the Silence®, who we are, and why we do what we do.
  4. April 5-  Participated in UNICEF breakfast; Collaboration between Florida and Washington DC activists/delegates; Spoke briefly on Stop the Silence’s involvement in ending CSA and Trafficking worldwide.
  5. April 7-  Spoke at the Center for Abused Persons (CAP) 23rd Annual Vigil for Victims of Abuse at the Charles County Courthouse, Apr. 7, 2017- La Plata, MD.; Spoke to community member and government officials regarding Stop the Silence® and our mission moving forward.
  6. April 13-  Participated in Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day, Tallahassee Florida; Meeting with state delegates/brief speech outlining Stop the Silence and the need for action at State/Government levels.
  7. April 19- Appeared (Jill Short) on “Issues of Life," WTGF 90.5 FM; 90-minute talk on the prevalence of Child Abuse in families/communities.
  8. April 20-  Spoke at “Poetry, Pinwheels & Panelists”, at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington DC; Panelist and speaker; speech entitled, “The Power of Awareness."
  9. April 20, presented at Bowie State University - film screening of 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 presentation by Pamela Pine.
  10. April 22-  Participated in “Take Back the Night”- Arlington Gateway Park; Speech, “Breaking the Chains Together”, a call to survivors of rape and domestic violence to speak out and shatter the silence.
  11. April 25- brought “Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor” (written, acted, directed, produced by Michael Broussard) to Gallaudet University, DC; Dr. Pamela Pine gave a presentation after this powerful production for survivors of abuse and the public.
  12. April 29- Walk to Stop the Silence-Walk to End Sexual Violence, Fairfax, VA
  13. May 6-  Participated in Center for Children, Poker Run Fundraiser, Southern Maryland; Spoke briefly to community leaders on Stop the Silence®, showcasing our need to be a voice.
  14. May 7-  “That Anita Live”- Television interview (Jill Short), entitled “The Silent Epidemic”, sharing my story and pertinent details of Stop the Silence®.
  15. May 25-  Spoke at National Missing Children’s Day at Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria VA; “Rock One Sock” event, speaking on human trafficking and the need for community involvement; Provided detailed information about Stop the Silence®.
  16. May 27-  Participated in Official Rolling Thunder Open House in Ft. Washington (DC Harley Davidson) representing the US Continental Pageant and Stop the Silence®; Interview on Star 98.3 (DC), elaborating on Stop the Silence® and the prevalence of CSA worldwide, giving a call to action from community members.
  17. June 12-  Participated in Fashion for Fighters Gala at the New Zealand Embassy, Washington DC; Represented Stop the Silence® and the US Continental Pageant; Live video appearance focusing on CSA and Stop the Silence®.
  18. June 24- Annual Charles County Crime Solvers Golf Tournament, White Plains MD; Represented Stop the Silence®; Speech regarding CSA, detailing statistics and the need for action; Made video for Crime Solvers, showcasing Stop the Silence®.
  19. “Always A Voice”- Leader/facilitator of a weekly community support group for Survivors of CSA  meeting each Friday morning in Leonardtown, MD; Always a Voice also supports survivors through web/internet groups, promoting Stop the Silence®;  Always A Voice website: www.alwaysavoice.com
  20. And MORE!!

STAY TUNED THIS NEXT QUARTER WHEN WE:

  • Expand our on-line training program for nannies and other groups
  • Continue to work with Cyprus and other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to forward comprehensive model programming (see updated Cyprus progress: the "Cyprus Model")
  • 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.
  • And lots more!

Thanks, all, for your help. And you can continue that help... Give through GlobalGiving! AND... join us! There is so much to do - I'm sure there is something that YOU can do to further the movement!

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

Michael-Pam-Jill_"Ask" Performance_May 2017
Michael-Pam-Jill_"Ask" Performance_May 2017
Pam at Stop the Silence table_Fairfax, VA 2017
Pam at Stop the Silence table_Fairfax, VA 2017
Pics of Jill-Lauren-Melody (UNICEF)_2017
Pics of Jill-Lauren-Melody (UNICEF)_2017

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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

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Nov 29, 2016

Stop the Silence Reminder-Global Giving on Nov. 29

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