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Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Stop child sexual abuse through global education
Trafficking display at Stop the Silence-UM-UMD
Trafficking display at Stop the Silence-UM-UMD

 

Long winter, short spring, and now, of course, it's STEAMY hot in the D.C. area. That doesn't stop us at Stop the Silence... Once upon a time, over 15 years ago, I knew nothing about child sexual abuse (it seems like a long time ago - it was a long time ago ;-) ). The knowledge I've gained has brought me into a whole new appreciation for the need for safety for children and about what that actually means and how hard it is sometimes to do. It has brought me to wonderful heights with wonderful, talented, amazing committed people; and to the depths of sadness over the reality of the situation, the inability to get enough done, or how hard sometimes it is to get that "not enough done" done! I move on...  

We have to move forward... What have we been up to? LOTS. 

In addition to gearing up for various types of upcoming training, we have also been providing symposiums and presentations for large and smaller audiences. We had about 200 people attend the University of Maryland Symposium on CSA and Trafficking this past April (see pics below). We showed parts of the film Flesh: Bought and Sold in the U.S.; talked about the relationships between Child Sexual Abuse, Trafficking, Prostitution, and Pornography; and provided internationally-recognized experts, like Cathy Royal, PhD, other speakers (myself included). We also provided a panel made up of people from local organizations, like Safe House of Hope, who have direct experience and extensive knowledge about CSA, trafficking and related issues. The symposium was a resounding success!

A set-up display event two weeks before the symposium helped raise awareness and educate students on campus about the critical nature of these issues by having student actors depict trafficked victims (see pics below), while other students provided a petition to sign that is specifically focused on bills that have recently come up for a vote in Congress. The students also provided information about the upcoming symposium identified above. Additionally these past months, Stop the Silence, Inc. staff continued providing presentations in classrooms to large and small groups about CSA prevention and mitigation. REALLY IMPORTANT WORK! These students are the next generation of parents and have a wide influence on their communities - now and in the future!

The Diamondback, the UMD paper, made this latest part of our program the front page story the next day, which then helped opened up further discussion with various UMD departments about presentations, classes, and more. You can read more about this and other aspects of Stop the Silence UMD programming on the Stop the Silence-University Movement Facebook page

Stop the Silence at Indiana University has moved forward with various events and the Club is gearing up for this coming Fall, with new leaders (as is UMD). 

We have also presented to the Department of Education and the Department of Social Services in Prince George's County, MD on the relationship between these issues, and we are now in discussion with them about further programming and training for the school system in Maryland. 

Internationally, I'm thrilled to say that the training that Stop the Silence did last winter in Cyprus with the Ministry of Education and Culture has really helped catalyze some wonderful results. They are currently in the process of completing the procedures and promoting the material and organizing the trainings for teachers and others across the education system in September. The leadership also 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. Stop the Silence has since, too, provided important information for the Ministry about the procedures in other countries' schools so that Cyprus can do the best they can to ensure a safe environment. We also have provided other, policy-related information. We expect additional training there and elsewhere to develop, e.g., we have been invited to New Zealand to do train there in 2016.

At the upcoming San Diego IVAT Conference in late August, I will be presenting new information about the growing Stop the Silence Art and Advocacy Program at the 20th Annual Summit and Training on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Across the Lifespan as well as conducting an in-person training for nannies in LA (stay tuned for more there). 

I continue to write - about CSA and why many survivors don't tell for long periods of time, if at all, for example (see attached) and the relationship to policies (e.g., 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?). The piece attached was in response to the reporting, finally, but sadly, of some horrendous happenings (see the Facebook Page, Justice for Catherine Cesnik and Joyce Malecki), the networking and research for and reporting of which was largely due to our very own Alan Horn (great job, Alan!!)

There's more, but I'll save some good stuff for next time. 

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training locally, nationally, and internationally. Make 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!

Thank you. No need to tell you to keep warm in these parts right now... So, keep well. Keep connected. Keep the peace and safety of you and others. 

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Stop the Silence

Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Cathy Royal and Pam speaking at Symposium
Cathy Royal and Pam speaking at Symposium

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Matty and the gorgeous Alps
Matty and the gorgeous Alps

Hello, all!! Well, lots has happened this past Fall and as we've moved into this very chilly Winter on the East Coast in the U.S.

The Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse, a 10,000 mile walk to raise awareness on CSA lead by Matthew McVarish, Scottish actor, playwright, musician and activist, and the European Ambassador for Stop the Silence from 2011, ended very successfully on May 31, 2013 through February 7, 2015. The purpose of the program was to raise awareness and catalyze action about on child sexual abuse (CSA), build solidarity and partnerships between organizations and communities, support survivors, and influence social and political change by meeting with high level politicians, university departments, survivors, agencies, celebrities, and the media.

Stop the Silence was an important catalyst for RTC, and it and other organizations and companies, and many, many individuals supported the project along with a number of British Embassies, and, where possible, the British Ambassadors in each country have walked short distances with Matthew to show their support for the Road to Change (RTC). RTC attracted major media coverage with local, national and international TV, radio and print media, and reached millions across Europe with the message that we all need to help Stop the Silence. Information on the program was translated into numerous languages. Some journalists remarked that Matthew is the first male survivor they have interviewed who revealed he was sexually abused in his childhood. And, wonderfully, RTC is continuing to make a difference... Matt brought important information provided by Stop the Silence and his own important work forward on policy lelves and there is definitive movement along the lines of creating all-Europe change on the Statutes of Limitations through sweeping policy change. See pics attached, including Matthew obtaining an honorary doctorate due to the work done on this project. FANTASTIC! Sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to Matthew - I do not know anyone else who would have taken on this amazing effort - and his team! Congratulations to all who participated! (See original press release and pics attached as well as lots of other info on the RTC website.)

Additionally, during these past few months, there has been lots of progress at the University of Maryland-University Movement (check out the new UMD-University Movement Facebook page), at Indiana University and, with plenty of new collaboration budding in the Pacific and elsewhere as we move into the Spring. At UMD, we have great new interns. With Savannah at the helm of the Club, Sarah and Amy keepin' on keepin' on, now, too, Emily, Kristine, Dian and Kevin are doing wonderful work on university and community outreach, social media, and working on the development of new university programs.

So, some specifics about UMD-UM... As the Club has continued to grow, planning has been on-going for a major symposium in April 2015 at UMD that focuses on the relationships between CSA, trafficking, pornography and prostitution. We will be showing a film called Flesh: The Movie, which helps people understand more about these issues! Speakers from various organizations will be presenting to raise awareness. A set-up event two weeks before the symposium will help to raise that awareness and educate students on campus about the critical nature of these issues by having student actors depict trafficked victims, while other students provide a petition to sign that is specifically focused on a policy issue that will be in front on Congress (more details to follow). The students will also be letting people know about the upcoming symposium. Additionally these past months, Stop the Silence, Inc. staff continued providing presentations in classrooms to large and small groups about CSA prevention and mitigation. REALLY IMPORTANT WORK!

At the upcoming HawaiiI IVAT Conference in early April, I will be presenting the overall Stop the Silence Art as Advocacy Program at the 12th Annual International Hawaii Training Summit and also meeting with local groups to identify possible programming. Stay tuned for information on other, developing programs! If you want to bring the university program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. Make 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.  

Thank you and keep WARM happy continued Winter and into the Spring!

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Stop the Silence

The Original Key Partners of RTC
The Original Key Partners of RTC
Celebration of the RTC in February 2015
Celebration of the RTC in February 2015
Matty gets honorary doctorate for work!
Matty gets honorary doctorate for work!
Last day of RTC - what a crowd!
Last day of RTC - what a crowd!
Club members at UMD-UM 2015
Club members at UMD-UM 2015

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Screening poster for "Kelpie" at UMD
Screening poster for "Kelpie" at UMD

Happy Holidays! Today, I'd like to focus on the continued work going on through the universityies that we are doing at Stop the Silence.

At the University of Maryland, there has been some very nice progress on the Art as Advocacy front (see attached program description). In October, the UMD Stop the Silence Universtiy Movement and Stop the Silence, Inc. hosted a screening of To Kill A Kelpie, written by Matthew McVarish and Directed/Produced by Edward M. Smith, and a presentation and a panel discussion. The panel consisted of Matt Sandusky (the adopted son of Coach Jerry Sandusky, Matt S. now goes by the last name of Davidson); Mike Deninger, a licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a member of the Board of MaleSurvivor; and Becky Plumly Ianni from Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. See attached pics!

Stop the Silence, Inc. staff continued providing presentations in classrooms to large and small groups on CSA prevention and mitigation (thank you to Doly and Slyvia from Global Giving for visiting to view one of these presentations this past October and for their input at that time and thereafter) using the shorter films available to Stop the Silence like Chase Tarca's Devil in the Doorway. (Thank you to Doly and Slyvia from Global Giving for visiting to view one of these presentations this past October and for their input at that time and thereafter.)

Our wonderful current interns, Amy, Savannah, and Sarah, and other Stop the Silence Unviersity Movement Club members at UMD and volunteers have been instrumental at forwarding this work at UMD and elsewhere to forward the work of the Club and of Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for the Spring UMD program (a major syposium, awareness-raising events, and educational outreach), and for the Spring program at Stop the Silence at Indiana University and into the future. We are very excited about this. If you want to bring this program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

On the Art as Advocacy model development side, Bill Mathis has turned our and others' input about the relationships between actions and outcomes on prevention and mitigation into a map that shows the paths between the direct results of the work at the universities, for example (like the connection between the screening/presentations), through interim outcomes (and increased awareness and understanding and action), to the ultimate outcomes (which are our 5 drivers stating goals for resources, communication, engagement, prevention and healing). We are hoping it will be instrumental in both identifying how to make a change and showing the results of the actions that we are taking. We are also building in a financial element to the model, which we hope, too, will help us show others what entire countries can save if they put CSA prevention and mitigation programming in place. And we also hope that will help translate into funds to support the important work that we do. We presented this information at the upcoming 19th Annual Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference in early September, and I will be further presenting the overall program at the IVAT Hawaii Conference in April of 2015.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. Make 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.  

Thank you and have a happy Fall!


The Stop the Silence Team

Art as Advocacy Panel at UMD, Oct. 2014
Art as Advocacy Panel at UMD, Oct. 2014

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Pamela Pine and the Pope, Aug. 20, 2014
Pamela Pine and the Pope, Aug. 20, 2014

There are many ways of preventing and mitigating CSA, and we all can make a difference. And we need your help in forwarding this work... As Summer ends, help us continue to make needed changes in this world. Currently we're working in the U.S., EU, and building relationships for work in East Africa. 

As a part of the Road to Change (RTC) Project, I just returned last week from Italy where I and Matthew McVarish, the Project Director for RTC was able to speak with the Pope. I humbly requested that he say a few words to survivors, noting that they are not alone, the abuse was not their fault, and there is help available, and urging them to get help if they need it, and I gave him some materials about our work. Matt was blessed for the years of abuse that he and his brothers suffered. (See pics attached.).

After visiting 25 countries so far, and on his way (and my way, too) to Geneva where we will make presentations to members of the Human Rights Council at a "side event," Matthew McVarish and his merry band (Amanda and Stig) are nearing the finish line with RTC. They and the project will be concluding in February 2015, and a celebration is planned. Check out the one year celebration video that was made at the end of May here. Keep tuned on his FB page for all the end programming.

We've noted, already, some of the wonderful noted outcomes thus far from RTC besides the AMAZING press that is rasing huge awareness in all countries (countries are investigating their laws, NGOs are networking and survivors have noted their intention to begin researching their own healing and press charges against their offender, other countries are looking to Stop the Silence to help provide service provider training (Cyprus) - you can read more about Matthew's adventures on his Facebook page and on the RTC Facebook page, and in Matthew's blogs.

Today, I'd like to focus, too, on letting you know about the forward work going on through the university-based work that we are doing at Stop the Silence: 1) bringing the Art as Advocacy university- and community-based program (see attached) to various campuses and communities in the U.S. (and, then, too, abraod), and on 2) the new prevention and mitigation computer-based model - a strategic planning and reporting system - that we're working on with expert guidance and assistance from Bill Mathis at CPIC Solutions.

On the university program side, there are various formal campus-based Stop the Silence Clubs and programs forming at various schools in various parts of the country. And, our wonderful immediately past and current interns, Amy, Savannah, Matteo, and others have been instrumental at forwarding the work in other schools to help Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for a Fall program, and into the future. We are very excited about this. If you want to bring this program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

On the model development side, Bill Mathis has turned our and others' input about the relationships between actions and outcomes on prevention and mitigation into a map that shows the paths between the direct results of, for example, the walking from RTC (like increasing connections in new cities and towns), through interim outcomes (like increasing national-level media awareness), to the ultimate outcomes (which are our 5 drivers stating goals for resources, communication, engagement, prevention and healing). We are hoping it will be instrumental in both identifying how to make a change and showing the results of the actions that we are taking. We are also building in a financial element to the model, which we hope, too, will help us show others what entire countries can save if they put CSA prevention and mitigation programming in place. And we also hope that will help translate into funds to support the important work that we do. We will be presenting this information at the upcoming 19th Annual Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference in early September. See here for the schedule.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. We thank you for your support now and always along the way. There is a wonderful upcoming fundraiser in Santa Monica by the Nanny League. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

Thank you and have a happy Fall!


The Stop the Silence Team

Matthew McVarish is blessed by the Pope, Aug. 20,
Matthew McVarish is blessed by the Pope, Aug. 20,
Pam and Matt with UK Poland Ambassador
Pam and Matt with UK Poland Ambassador

In many of our reports, we've noted the incredible and terrible statistics about child sexual abuse (CSA) - the numbers affected, the outcomes, the human and financial cost. We want to remind you of that, and, too, we want to make sure you know and believe that there are ways of preventing and mitigating CSA, and that we all can make a difference. And we need your help in forwarding this work... As Summer approaches, help us continue to make needed changes in this world. Currently we're working in the U.S., EU, and building relationships for work in East Africa. 

In March, I was in Hungary (was in Poland in November and a bit in December) with the Road to Change, and where the Road to Change had been then. Since then, Matthew McVarish and his merry band (with Amanda and Stig) have been in Romania, the 18th country that RTC has been to, and to four other countries there after, in the cities of Bucharest, Sofia, Athens, Nicosia, and Valletta - and they are on their way to Rome. Yup, they get around! :-) Check out the one year celebration video here.

We've noted, already, some of the wonderful noted outcomes thus far from RTC besides the AMAZING press that is rasing huge awareness in all countries (countries are investigating their laws, NGOs are networking and survivors have noted their intention to begin researching their own healing and press charges against their offender, other countries are looking to Stop the Silence to help provide service provider training - you can read more about Matthew's adventures on his Facebook page and on the RTC Facebook page, and in Matthew's blogs.

Today, I'd like to focus, too, on letting you know about the forward work going on through the university-based work that we are doing at Stop the Silence: 1) bringing the Art as Advocacy university- and community-based program (see attached) to various campuses and communities in the U.S. (and, then, too, abraod), and on 2) the new prevention and mitigation computer-based model - a strategic planning and reporting system - that we're working on with expert guidance and assistance from Bill Mathis at CPIC Solutions.

On the university program side, there is now a new, formal campus-based program at the University of Maryland, which is called Stop the Silence - University Movement (in addition to the one at Indiana University) and there is one forming at Guilford College in NC, and there are others forming elsewhere. And, our wonderful immediately past and current interns, Savannah, Abby, Matteo, Christine, Kristine, and Sophie have been instrumental at forwarding the work there and overall to help Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for a Spring program, and into the future. We are very excited about this. If you want to bring this program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

On the model development side, Bill Mathis has turned our and others' input about the relationships between actions and outcomes on prevention and mitigation into a map that shows the paths between the direct results of, for example, the walking from RTC (like increasing connections in new cities and towns), through interim outcomes (like increasing national-level media awareness), to the ultimate outcomes (which are our 5 drivers stating goals for resources, communication, engagement, prevention and healing). We are hoping it will be instrumental in both identifying how to make a change and showing the results of the actions that we are taking. We are also building in a financial element to the model, which we hope, too, will help us show others what entire countries can save if they put CSA prevention and mitigation programming in place. And we also hope that will help translate into funds to support the important work that we do.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. We thank you for your support now and always along the way. Click the following link to make a donation now.  

P.S. And, if you play golf, let us tell you how you can play golf with the 'Skins Alumni on July 7, 2014 while providing support to Stop the Silence in 2014. Contact Pamela Pine at pamelajpine@gmail.com!

Thank you and happy Spring!
The Stop the Silence Team

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