Scene from To Kill A Kelpie
Over the past quarter, from January through March, 2011, in addition to the day-to-day work that we do reaching out to children in schools and centers for pregnant teens and to and adults through community activities and health fairs (e.g., NBC 4 Health Fair), as well as the other on-going services, information, education, and advocacy, and the research and policy work we do, we've been working very hard to to bring the wonderful events to the public that we do each April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
This year, these include three important programs: 1) the annual Race to Stop the Silence (the Seventh!), 2) bringing a Stop the Silence-inspired, Scottish-born play, To Kill A Kelpie, to the U.S., and 3) the development of a PBS special on Stop the Silence as a part of their acclaimed 17-year-old program, The Visionaries, narrated by Sam Waterston.
I also want to make sure that I tell you about our new and growing and wonderful Board of Directors, which thus far includes great and on-going leadership as well as wonderful, new additions to our "family" that include: Stuart Adam, Founder and primary manager of Adam and Partners Investment Advisors; and Ray Brown, Founder and COO of Daystars Studio Entertainment, sales manager and preacher. We expect to add additional members to our Board very, very soon (so stay tuned). This new, bigger Board, which provides, too, representation in various states throughout the U.S., predicts good things for the future.
And, you can also help make a big difference!! Starting at 12:01 am EST GlobalGiving is matching donations 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project. Please take advantage of this great opportunity to support the work that we do!
Now, to our news for the quarter:
International Race to Stop the Silence Hits Its 7th Year -- Join us on April 23!
Raising awareness and funds for the prevention and mitigation of child sexual abuse.
More than a thousands flock the streets of Washington, D.C. each year in April for the biggest CSA event of the year. This year, the Race to Stop the Silence includes an 8K race, a 5K fun run and walk, and a 1K kids' fun run. Entertainment, speakers, awards, prizes and more make this a lively event that draws attention to CSA and reaches millions through the media and community outreach.
There's still time to sign up! Sign up now! Register and find volunteer opportunities here: stopcsa.org/race. Please pass on the information and encourage others to get involved! Thanks!
Race to Stop the Silence - Stop Child Sexual Abuse
We want to give a BIG thanks to our current supporters of the Race, which so far include: Adam and Parnters Investment Advisors, the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, Womens' Calendar/Women's Radio, WTOP, ClearChannel Radio, Channel 9, Coca-Cola (and Desani and PowerAde), R squared design and advertising, Safeway, Giant Foods, Dole, Clif Bars, Einstein Bagels, Breads Unlimited, The Bagel Place, Manhattan Bagels Tyson's Bagel Market, Bethsda Bagels, McCormick and Schmick's Restaurant, Wildfire Restaurant, Dick's Sporting Goods, Road ID, and the public for its contributions.
To Kill a Kelpie: Stop the Silence-inspired, Scottish-born Play Debuts in April in the U.S.
Playwright Matthew McVarish's play about CSA makes its rounds around the country.
To Kill a Kelpie is about the unfolding and sharing of a secret between two adult brothers that has never been spoken of before. A kelpie is widely known as a devious creature lurking in the depths of highland locks. When the two grown brothers reunite following the death of their uncle, they realize that his gruesome tales of the child-devouring monster were simply stories made to foster a climate of fear and ensure their silence and cooperation during years of sexual abuse.
In this unconventional drama, we meet the two men talking to the children they were. Still unsure whether there may be any truth in the kelpie stories, they face one another like a mirror to open painful boxes of sexual confusion, self-doubt and shame, while endeavoring honestly to end the silence and open their minds enough to consider what it would take "to kill a kelpie."
With funds from the United States government's Health and Human Services (HHS) and Adam and Partners Investment Advisors, Stop the Silence is bringing this play to San Francisco (April 1-2), Chicago (April 4-5) and Washington, D.C. (April 9-11). Information is being distributed through community-based partners, the media and others to ensure a public education format. An after-show discussion promotes understanding and action! Please come to one of the performances if you can -- and please let others know about them. The flyers for each venue are attached.
Tickets are free with advance reservations. Call Jacob: 512-522-6231.
PBS Develops Documentary About Stop the Silence
As part of the acclaimed 17-year-long series The Visionaries, narrated by Sam Waterston, a documentary about Stop the Silence will be developed for PBS. It will start filming in April at the To Kill a Kelpie play and the Race to Stop the Silence. When completed, it will be shown on PBS stations throughout the U.S. and widely spread information about CSA and Stop the Silence. PBS and Stop the Silence are currently working together to plan and develop the documentary, and recruiting corporate and other sponsors for this program, which provides widespread public thanks for their contributions to PBS.
Click here for more information on The Visionaries.
We need your help to continue the great work we do. These activities are critical to the national agenda. Please consider providing a current or on-going donation to help us to continue to move forward! Whether $10, $50, $100 or more is possible, it helps us enormously. Thank you for all you have done and do! Pam