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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com!
Thank you and happy Spring!
The Stop the Silence Team