Stop child sexual abuse through global education

by Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

I have and I know Matthew McVarish, our European Ambassador, has asked: Why do I do this work? It is often sad and overwhelming work. But, it's an important question that we have asked ourselves - we want to know that we're always doing this for the right reasons, because the stakes are so high. The answers are sometimes obvious and some not so. For Matt, who is a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA), he's doing it for him, his brothers and all those who have suffered - and continue to suffer - as a result of exposure to CSA; he wants to see that harm and suffering stop.

So do I. Perhaps the best response I have about why I do this work has been present since I first began to do it... Each and every time, early in the tenure of working on CSA prevention and mitigation (and still often now), when I'd stand up before a room of people - whether it was in DC, CA, or Zambia - my mind, once I got going on imparting information about what CSA was, who it affected, and what it did, would go to my own kids, who were then young and small, and I wondered, what if it happened to my children. And my kids would become every kid. It was (and is) an excruciating idea, made all the more so by the knowledge that there are millions and millions of kids out there who are being and have been sexually abused and who are affected for so long.

Why do we do the work we do?  We know it's critical and we know that we're making a difference.

Over the next weeks, as we move into the holiday season (Thanksgiving in the U.S., and then, of course, Chanukah and Christmas), we will be sending you a few updates about our work, highlighting a few key areas of focus, and asking you, too, to keep us in your thoughts and giving plans over this season.

So, I want to remind you about our two primary areas of focus and "show" you our work:

  • In the U.S., our primary focus is on comprehensive university- and community-based activities that open hearts and then minds through our Art as Advocacy Program. The program uses various forms of art, including theater and film (everywhere we can with the University of Maryland program coming right up - see attached poster), and still art (the program at Stop the Silence at Indiana University) as well as at-event factual information presented to event audiences. Then, we network to present follow-on formal and informal education and training for community members and services providers.
  • In Europe currently, the Road to Change is bringing incredible information forward to people across Europe. Matthew McVarish (check out his Lithuania-stationed "thank you" video), Scottish playwright, actor, musician and the Stop the Silence European Ambassador, started on May 31, 2013, and ultimately will be walking 10,000 miles (yes, walking) to every European Union (EU) country in the EU. That's 29 countries and 32 capital cities (and, of course, going through numerous communities in each country on the way to each capital). In each country, he is meeting with the UK Embassy, each of which has been instrumental in then opening the doors to media, policymakers, stakeholders, NGOs and survivor groups. Matthew then provides relevant information to each group including ideas on prevention and information on policy issues, like changes needed in countries' Statutes of Limitations, which put caps on how long people can prosecute, putting more kids at risk because offenders still have access to them if they have not been prosecuted within the allowable time limits, and creating a situation that reduces survivors' ability to get the justice.

We're working hard to make sure that kids are protected and survivors can heal. Won't you please help now, into the holiday season and beyond? Consider making a monthly donation! Spread the word - ask your friends, colleagues and family to join our Global Giving supporters, too! Thank you!

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence


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The Road to Change Begins!
The Road to Change Begins!

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone "Summered" well!  We have some reporting out for you from the past months, and we want to tell you more about our two key programming fronts: 1) Stop the Silence's Art as Advocacy University and Community Program, written by Matthew McVarish and using the recently-finalized To Kill A Kelpie film Directed and Produced by Edward M. Smith, Matt's award-winning brother, and 2) the Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence, the 10,000 mile Walk conducted by Matthew to every single European Union nation (28 countries and 32 capital cities) - read on. But I also have other info to report. As usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you, which is near the bottom of the report

1. Art as Advocacy University- and Community-based Programming with "Kelpie" update:

  • As noted in the last report, Director Edward M. Smith has finished the film "To Kill A Kelpie," which has been pilot tested at four universities (Cornell, George Washington, Emory, and Indiana), the Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, at ArtSpace near the National Theatre in London, and now in Luxembourg. See the trailer (developed by Amanda Thomson - thank you!!) of the film, script by Matthew McVarish, directed/produced by Edward M. Smith, click here.
  • It is also being screened by Matthew McVarish with the aftershow presentation and involvement of community-based and other groups across Europe. 
  • It has been shown to produce the same results as the play: increased awareness, knowledge, intent to act
  • We are in the process of marketing it to communitites across the U.S., along with the model (after-show presentation/discussion, panel, follow-on community-based programming, training)!
  • Contact me and Matt if you want to bring it to your university/town in the U.S:, EU, or anywhere else!: ppine@stopcsa.org (also copy me here: pamelajpine@gmail.com), and matthew@roadtochange.eu.

2.  The Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence update:

  • As also reported last time, on May 31, 2013, Matthew McVarish, European Ambassador to Stop the Silence, and playwright, actor, musician and activist, began the Road to Change: Walk to Stop the Silence, a 10,000 mile walk, bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL (29 countries and 32 capital cities). RTC will continue through approximately February of 2015.
  • The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence includes media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products, and more.
  • The aim is to increase awareness and catalyze change across Europe on the issue of child sexual abuse, focusing the policy information on age of consent and the statute of limitations.
  • We have seen real and anecdotal change already on various levels: One women noted her intention as a result of Matt and the RTC to begin researching her own healing and press charges against offender; NGOs are networking; countries are investigating their laws, particularly in the ares of age of consent and the statutes of limitations. We are looking into how to change laws across EU in one fell swoop with a petition from at least seven countries with 1 million signatures from EU citizens. And major media in each country. Click here for a sampling from the Luxembourg Campaigner!
  • Matt is currently on his way to Sweden after recently leaving Copenhagen. GO MATT!!! Incredible! He has been to:

London, left May 31, 2013
Paris June 10th to June 18th 
Luxembourg June 28th to July 4th 
Brussels July 10th to July 16th 
Amsterdam July 22nd to July 28th 
Berlin August 16th to August 22nd 
Copenhagen September 1st to September 7th

3. Various Races to Stop the Silence - we'll update this information on dcrace.org and other sites. Stay tuned.

4. The 34th Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Tournament, at the prestigious Army Navy Golf Club in Arlington, VA, primarily benefitting Stop the Silence, was a great success!

This was the 34th year for the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic. This year, the Washington Redskins Alumni Association primarily supported “Stop the Silence” (www.stopcsa.org) as their primary charity. This year the Classic was held at the exclusive Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. There were 20 Teams participating, a good and not-too-scorching day for the event, a wonderful silent auction, a great meal, and a good time for all. Important funds were raised by the event for the work that we do! Yeah, Redskins Alumni! I'm a fan for life!

4. A BIG THANKS to The Nanny League for their efforts to help Stop the Silence. Go to: Nanny League Give Forward STS fundraising page. And also please visit: The Nanncy League on Facebook, and Nanny League Facebook Event.

We Continue to Need Your Help!  Here's the Challenge... Help us raise $10,000 by the end of the end of the year - ask your friends, colleagues and family to help!

Understandably, we're currently raising funds on these fronts:

  1. University/Community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-based groups).
  2. Matt's Big Walk

If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! Ask your friends, colleagues and family to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible through our safe GlobalGiving page. See our website (www.stopcsa.org) for other fundraising mechanisms.

We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!

Thank you all!!

Very Sincerely,

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder/Director, Stop the Silence

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Well, it's report time yet again!  I hope everyone is well and looking forward to the Summer warmth. While there's lots and lots going on, I'll be brief as I think most of you have a pretty good idea of where we've been focused and building. We do need your continued help as Kelpie moves forward across the U.S. (in partnership with various others (Safe Campus/Strong Voices, PAVE, NPEIV, etc.) and in Europe, and probably beyond (in discussions with others)  So, as usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you, which is near the bottom of the report

1. Upcoming 34th Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Tournament, at the prestigious Army Navy Golf Club in Arlington, VA, primarily benefitting Stop the Silence.

This is the 34th year for the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic. This year, the Washington Redskins Alumni Association will primarily support “Stop the Silence” (www.stopcsa.org) as their primary charity but will also support The Harmon Foundation for brain tumor research and Warrior Aviation which supports the wounded warriors.

This year the Classic will be held at the exclusive Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. We will only sell 30 Teams for this Classic so sign up your team today. Please see important additional information below.

For information or to sign up your team contact Jerry Olsen at 703-726-7488 or lpjolsen31@aol.com.

Team Sponsor:

4 Players in the Golf Classic

1 Former Washington Redskins Player as Team Captain

½ Page Color Ad in Tournament Program

1 Hole Sign with Corporate Logo

Lunch prior to Tee Off

4 Tickets to Awards Dinner

Team Picture Plaque for each Member

Winning Team will go to Super Bowl of Golf

Sponsor Package $5,000.00

Super Bowl of Golf:

There are many Charity Golf Tournaments throughout the year but there is only one where the winning team goes on to compete on a national level. The winning team from the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic will go on to compete against 28 other NFL cities in the Super Bowl of Golf. The winning team there will receive the exclusive Super Bowl of Golf Ring. All expenses are paid for our team and your alumni Captain.

2. "Kelpie" Theatre production and Film update:

  • Bridgeport, W. Va. -- The Vintage Theatre Company, LLC had a great run of To Kill A Kelpie, the play by Matthew McVarish that we use to help raise awareness, educate, and catalyze change, in February, March and April, largely in West Virginia and others will be performing it in other locations. There has been interest expressed by organizations in Maryland and elsewhere so there is a gear up for those productions. As I think you know, we have evaluated the production and it, as well as the film (see below) has been shown to increase awareness, knowledge and intent to act.
  • Director Edward M. Smith has finished the film "To Kill A Kelpie," which has been pilot tested at four universities (Cornell, George Washington, Emory, and Indiana), the Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, and at ArtSpace near the National Theatre in London. It has been shown to produce the same results as the play. It will soon be in communitites across the U.S., along with the model I designed with the after-show production and community-based programming! Stay tuned. It is also being screened by Matthew McVarish (see below) with the aftershow presentation and involvement of community-based and other groups across Europe. Contact me if you want to bring it to your university/town in the U.S: pamelajpine@gmail.com. Contact Matt if you want to have it shown in the EU: matthew@roadtochange.eu.

3.  Races and Walks to Stop the Silence updates:

  • The 10th annual Race to Stop the Silence was on Sunday, April 14, 2013. It's was 8K Race and Walk and 1K kids' fun run, with speakers, entertainment, booths, and more, and went off without a htich! Thanks to Jeff Ruday for his management of the permit and logistics, Nick Panebianco for his leadership of volunteers and his expert advice on various aspect of the Race, Mark Moseley (National Spokesperson) for his media and other outreach and support, the volunteers, and many others for their help in putting it on.
  • As a part of our awareness raising programming, in conjunction with the Race as well as other Stop the Silence programs and projects, I and Mark Moseley and others like Carmen Rodriguez have been doing lots of media with, for examples, Channel 9, ClearChannel Radio, WTOP, WKYS, and many others in the U.S.
  • Other areas in the U.S. also conducted the Race as a part of global activities of The Innocence Revolution (e.g., Florida, California). In 2014, the Race is expected to spread further in the U.S. and to Kenya as well.
  • On May 31, 2013, Matthew McVarish, European Ambassador to Stop the Silence, and playwright, actor, musician and activist, began the Road to Change: Walk to Stop the Silence, a 10,000 mile walk, bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL (31 capital cities in 28 countries). The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence includes media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products, and more.The aim is to increase awareness and catalyze change across Europe on the issue of child sexual abuse, focusing the policy information on age of consent and the statute of limitations. Matt is currently in France on his way to Luxembourg. Please see www.roadtochange.eu. We Continue to Need Your Help!  Here's the Challenge... Help us raise $10,000 by the end of the Summer - ask your friends, colleagues and family to help!

We're currently raising funds on three fronts in particular:

  1. University-based programming
  2. Matt's Big Walk
  3. Overall community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-based groups).

If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! Ask your friends, colleagues and family to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible through our safe GlobalGiving page. See our website (www.stopcsa.org) for other fundraising mechanisms.

We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!

Thank you all!!

Very Sincerely,

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder, Stop the Silence

Well, it's report time!  I hope everyone is well and warm. While there's lots and lots going on, I'll be brief as I think most of you have a pretty good idea of where we've been focused and building. We do need your help as the upcoming Spring is our busiest time. So, as usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you, which is near the bottom of the report

1. "Kelpie" update:

  • Bridgeport, W. Va. -- The Vintage Theatre Company, LLC is hosting a fundraising production of “To Kill a Kelpie”, an intensely captivating psychodrama, for Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse charity at the Bridgeport High School auditorium February 22, 23, and 24. Showtimes are set for 7 p.m., 7p.m., and 2 p.m. respectively. There is no cost for entry, and donations for the cause will be accepted at each performance. More to come on future locations of Kelpie from Vintage.
  • Director Edward M. Smith is finalizing the film "To Kill A Kelpie" and we will soon be bringing it, our after-show production, and community-based programming to universities around the U.S. and overseas! Stay tuned. Contact me if you want to bring it to your university/town: ppine@stopcsa.org.

2.  Races and Walks to Stop the Silence updates:

  • The 10th annual Race to Stop the Silence is set for Sunday is set for April 14, 2013. It's an 8K Race and Walk and 1K kids' fun run, with speakers, entertainment, booths, and more! Put it on your calendars! Our Race site is www.dcrace.org. I guarantee fun! The Washington Redskins Alumni Association is our primary partners for 2013. Mark Moseley of 'Skins and NFL fame is our national spokesperson. Various corporate and community groups will be partnering in the effort (Yeah!!).
  • As a part of our awareness raising programming surround the Race, I and Mark Moseley and others will be doing lots of media with, for examples, Channel 9, ClearChannel Radio, WTOP, and many others in the U.S.; others are reaching out to their media in other countries.
  • Other areas in the U.S. are also conducting the Race or Walk individually or as a part of global activities of The Innocence Revolution (e.g., Florida, California). Jeff Ruday is managing the event this year (Yeah!!).
  • Race to Stop the Silence Kenya (Nairobi) will be conduced on April 14, 2013 in partnership with the Child Aid Organization Kenya, and also as a part of The Innocence Revolution.
  • Starting in May of 2013, Matthew McVarish will be conducting the "10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence," bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL (31 nations in all). The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence will include media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products, and more.

We Continue to Need Your Help!!  Here's the Challenge... Help us raise $10,000 by the end of March - ask your friends, colleagues and family to help!

We're currently raising funds on three fronts in particular:

  1. Race to Stop the Silence 2013
  2. Matt's Big Walk
  3. Overall community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-based groups).

If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! Ask your friends, colleagues and family to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible through our safe Global Giving page. See our website (www.stopcsa.org) for other fundraising mechanisms.

We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!

Thank you all!!

Very Sincerely,

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder, Stop the Silence

Matthew, Bobby (Anni Dori), Pam at Male Survivor
Matthew, Bobby (Anni Dori), Pam at Male Survivor

Hello, everyone... As we do every quarter, Stop the Silence is bringing you the news of this past Fall. As I do in every report, I'll summarize what's been going on (lots as usual!!), and, as usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you!  Read on -- the Challenge info is toward the bottom. At this time of Thanksgiving, please contribute what you can - it goes a long way! And I hope it is/was a VERY happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate it. For those who don't, let's all give thanks for all we are given and give!

Please do read this whole report - there is a lot of VERY important information and I want you to be as informed as possible - it won't take but a few moments of your time. Thanks!!

1. Our 2012 Fall Activities:

  • With the Kickstarter on-line fundraising through which we raised $10,000 in about 5 weeks, "Kelpie," which is at the hub of our Art as Advocacy Program and helps us generate community outreach, organizing, awareness-raising, education, and ACTION, came back to the U.S., to San Diego, to the 17th annual Institute for Violence Abuse and Trauma  Conference (IVAT) ConferenceThis play has been shown time and again to raise awareness and knowledge, and catalyze an intent to act as a result of opening both hearts an minds. As usual, the play in San Diego was a grand success, with our many colleagues raving about both the performances as well as the ability of the play to raise awareness and knowledge. This was our kick-off for the use of the play by others across the U.S. and internationally, through the stage or film (see further below) versions. As a result of the performance at the IVAT Conference, the play (or film) has been tentatively invited to Hawaii, as well as Australia, Iceland, and Japan, and there are on-going discussions about some European Isles. Watch the trailer
  • Others are now gearing up for performing the play themselves. Stop the Silence is entering into an agreement with a university film group in West Virginia that will be touring the play with their own cast and the after-show performance, as well as the community organizing piece. This is a very exciting development for Stop the Silence, and begins to help others bring empowerment to many, many others around the nation and the world. If you or someone you know might be interested in working with us in this way, please contact me (Pamela Pine, ppine@stopcsa.org)
  • As I reported last August, Matthew McVarish, playwright and actor, was working with award-winning director Edward M. Smith (and Matthew's brother) to bring Kelpie to the silver screen! We brought the film in pre-final edit to four university campuses over this past month (Indiana University, George Washington University, Emory University, and Cornell University) as the pilot for the expanding program (and then closed the tour by tabling at the Male Survivor Conference in NYC). As is true for the stage version, the film version with after-show presentation, talk-back, and Q-A session was hailed by all who saw it (we're just crunching the evaluation info now, but audience comments and a preliminary review of the evaluations identified enormous appreciation as well as learning).
  • As a result of our involvements with universities, formal and informal "chapters" of Stop the Silence are forming (e.g., Stop the Silence at Indiana University). We are working with universities and community-based groups to raise awareness, and provide prevention and healing efforts through a community organization model.

2.  Upcoming work - continuing to Stop the Silence.

  • The 10th annual Race to Stop the Silence is set for Sunday is set for April 14, 2013 (put it on your calendars), and is presenting with a shiny new image! Registration is open through Active.com. Other areas in the U.S. are also conducting the Race or Walk individually or as a part of the Innocence Revolution (e.g., Florida, California). Jeff Ruday is managing the event this year (Yeah!!) and Anni Dori PR is providing PR assistance (Yeah!!). Various corporate and community groups will be partnering in the effort (Yeah!!)
  • AND, the Race to Stop the Silence this year will also be in Kenya (Nairobi) in partnership with the Child Aid Organization Kenya.
  • The "Kelpie" is in final edit and will be done by January 2013 (and the film with subtitles in various languages will also be available soon) at which time there are already plans to take it and the after-show and community organizing effort to specific campuses in the U.S. as well as universities abroad, and through other organization's programming. If you or someone you know might be interested in bringing it to your campus, please contact me and Alan Horn (basicbus@gmail.com).
  • Starting in May of 2013, Matthew McVarish will be conducting the "10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence," bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL, plus Geneva and the three countries of the UK (31 nations in all).  The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence will include media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products. 

3. Partnerships 

  • Stop the Silence has entered into various partnerships in the past few months and additional ones are soon expected. The ones already established are with:
  •      The Washington Redskins Alumni Association (more news on this coming soon - get ready to meet star football players at the Race and lot of other places, too!). If you'd like to be present at an upcoming Awards ceremony on Nov. 27, where the partnership will be acknowledged and meet a bunch of very famous Redskins while hearing the partnership announced, contact Alan Horn (basicbus@gmail.com) and me (ppine@stopcsa.org). Their Spring golf tournament will benefit Stop the Silence. If you want to play golf with some Redskins, contact me and Alan.
  •      National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse of the National District Attorney's Association (NDAA), with which we are working both nationally and internationally to bring wrap-around programming, i.e., outreach and education, policy/advocacy work, training.
  •      The Innocence Revolution. See www.theinnocencerevolution.org
  •      Various universities and non-profit groups around the country to push forward wrap-around programming.

We Continue to Need Your Help!!  Here's the Challenge...

We're currently raising funds on three fronts in particular:

  1. Race to Stop the Silence 2013
  2. Matt's Big Walk
  3. Overall community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-basd groups).

We are looking to raise more than $500,000 over the next two quarters. If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! All donations are tax-deductible through our safe  Global Giving page.

We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!

Thank you all!!

Very Sincerely,

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder, Stop the Silence

Advertising screen at Emory University
Advertising screen at Emory University
Prescreening Kelpie at Cornell
Prescreening Kelpie at Cornell
GWU Screening Room
GWU Screening Room
A little fun, too - Hard Rock Cafe in IN
A little fun, too - Hard Rock Cafe in IN
 

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Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

Location: Glenn Dale, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.stopcsa.org
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