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!!
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?).
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.
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
In July 2016, Pamela Pine was the Key Note Speaker on a panel at the Parliament in London. Other speakers included Parliamentary members, representatives of the police force, social services, students and others. In attendance were other members of the Parliament as well as representatives of police, social services, student groups and the public. A question-answer period and round table discussion followed. Follow-on multi-level programming is expected.
Pamela Pine traveled to South Africa to attend the 21st Annual International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. In addition to attending sessions on HIV, she met with representatives of non-profit groups working on CSA, with which Stop the Silence will be collaborating in the future.
Pamela Pine was a key speaker at the Hear Our Voice Justice for Children’s Live Survivors Conference Dundee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3wDmfwJY6A
November–Dec. 2016 expected activities
Other activities are planned for the final quarter of 2016 and first quarter 2017, e.g., expansion on the local, national and international levels of our Arts as Advocacy, CSA Survivor Force, and other programs; development of three to five symposiums; training of all school counselors and psychologists in Cyprus; local, national and international media outreach; finalization of on-line nanny training program and testing and expansion to other audiences; and MORE! AND, we are exploring a Stop the Silence headquarters placement on a piece of land in Southern Maryland so that we can conduct onsite training, art as advocacy, and retreats and healing programs!
HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any help you can give on November 29, 2016!!
Stop the Silence Race flyer
Pam and Risa for Crowdrise
Training for Nurses