Stop child sexual abuse through global education

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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
Training-Relevance of STS Model to Other Locations
Training-Relevance of STS Model to Other Locations

Hello, all. Here we are already at the end of the first quarter of 2021! Even with all the troubles of the past year, time, of course, marches on. I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and your loved ones and others. As I noted in the last report, but it's worth repeating... While we hopefully are beginning to move out of the extreme isolation that the world has experienced, it has been a really tough time for many, and Survivors (as well as all others) may feel the impact of being alone, coping alone, figuring out alone. And children are still at continued risk due to the stress in families and the closure of schools and other normal activities. We at Stop the Silence® - A Department of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma hope that we make lives that much easier by providing information, training, and support. 

As of January 1, 2021, Stop the Silence® changed its status and became a Department of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT). We continue with all the great programming that we have conducted for 20 years, but, now, we have a larger professional base, an expanded network, and... more help! This change will help sustain the work of Stop the Silence® for years to come, focused on child sexual abuse (CSA) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) prevention, healing, and mitigation through advocacy, education, training, and policy development and reform. 

Below I include more information on what the our Departmental status means and an update on our primary other news... 

Primary Activities this Past Quarter

1. Stop the Silence® - A Department of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

Stop the Silence® has been collaborating with IVAT for about 15 years. The partnership has been a strong one, We have presented at IVAT Summits in Hawaii and San Diego for over a decade; I have been a member of advisory committees and associated Boards (e.g., the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence); we have partnered on grants and programming; we have served on committees together, etc., etc., etc. So, it is with confidence and excitement that we move forward as one, with all the Stop the Silence® programming being performed as a part of Stop the Silence® - A Department of IVAT (see our great new logo above!)

Now, as a part of IVAT, our programming remains the same, with a broader professional base, a wider reach, and more program assistance. 

This past quarter, we have continued:

  • Our international model prevention, treatment and mitigation programming. This month (March), through our IVAT Department, we were able to submit a grant for $5 million to the U.S. government for (hopefully) support for our model programming in Peru, South Africa, and Indonesia. We will likely hear about interest in funding the programming some time in the Spring, at which point, likely more information would be needed from us. We also have engage another person to be working to research and write additional grants for programming focused in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • All the social media outreach on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. for survivors and others
  • Our educational/training speaking engagements. I (Pamela Pine) was an invited speaker at the International e-conference on Trauma, Abuse and Neglect: The Living Nightmares with the Institute of Clinical Psychology of the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan, March 2021. I will be speaking / training on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9am Pacific time under the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV) on Relevance to Other Locations-Stop the Silence on CSA/ ACEs. And, on April 29, I will present during IVAT's 18th Annual HI International Virtual Summit 
  • Our distribution of information, research, and materials (we hope to finalize an article for publication on our model this Spring), and other materials also are in the works. Please see under No. 2 below for other associated training. 

2. Expanding our online education 

As I noted previously, Stop the Silence® has been working with Dr. Craig Hansen of New Zealander, to develop a Masters, Post-Graduate Diploma, and Post-Graduate Certificate Level Programmes in Child Trauma and Protection, Level 7. We have moved to the final launch stage and we expect to go live with the first level (Certificate) of the program marketed primarily to a U.S. audience in May 2021; thereafter, once the launch of that level has been tried and any "bugs" addressed, the other levels of the program will be made available and the program will be marketed to the world. The program is accredited by the University of Applied Research and Development (UARD) in the UK (their performance in the latest QS World University Rankings is ranked first in the world for development studies), but also by Texas A&M, which has a formal relationship with UARD. The program will be priced affordably for both upper and lower income countries. 

More Information on Upcoming Trainings

Title: Telehealth Series #3: Dissociation with Adults

Date and Time: March 31, 2021, 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST

Presenter: Kevin J. Connors, MS, MFT

Description: Participants will be able to; identify dissociative defenses, recognize complex PTSD phenomena, utilize appropriate and clinically relevant diagnostic tools to design effective healing responses and emphatically work with trauma survivors.

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Title: TIPS for Tuning In– Trauma Informed Practice Skills

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

Presenter: Jennifer Jorgenson, LICSW

Description: The training program builds on evidence-informed behavioral parenting programs such as Helping the Non-Compliant Child and PCIT while including relationship building skills similar to those in Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement. Research findings demonstrated improvements in a number of dimensions that have been correlated with well-being for children including parenting self-efficacy, and child behavior outcomes. This focused session will provide participants with hands-on skill building TIPS around increasing positive attachment and enhancing relationships with children with trauma histories. TIPS aims to provide skills to help you TUNE IN, enhance resilience, and minimize behaviors.  

Registration linkhttp://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehpq704we013aeb1&llr=mohweamab


Additional Resources: The resources available online are vast and can be overwhelming. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Resource Sharing Project are national leaders in providing support and resources to advocates and community-based responders. The leaders of the “me too” movement have published a toolkit for survivors with ideas for self-care. Perhaps the most important thing we can do during this time is to make special efforts to ensure we are reaching out and checking-in with survivors we know and work with, in addition to our colleagues who are trying to provide support and interventions for victims and survivors.
Thanks, all, for your interest and continued support. 

Keep safe, all. Keep well. Be kind. Help each other.

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Hello, all. I hope you are all taking care of yourselves and your loved ones and others. This is, indeed, a very strange time for the world. We know that with the added stress of COVID-19 looming over us, Survivors (as well as all others) can feel an added sense of stress of being alone, coping alone, figure out alone. And children are at more risk due to the stress in families and the closure of schools and other normal activities. We at Stop the Silence® hope that we make lives that much easier by providing information, training, and support. Please take a little time to learn more about the risk of children during this time (see all the way at the bottom of this Report for additional resources). May you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving - there are still so many reasons to be thankful!

PLEASE NOTE THAT GIVING TUESDAY IS ON DECEMBER 1, 2020, A LITTLE MORE THAN A WEEK FROM NOW, AND PLEASE TRY TO GIVE WHAT YOU CAN. THANK YOU. 

As we noted last time, while some of our normal onsite training and other activities have been curtailed due to the virus, we keep going strong! I also mentioned in the last report that we would soon have some exciting news on various fronts. 

And, here, drumroll, please, is the biggest news right now: As of January 1, 2021, the partnership between Stop the Silence® and the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) will change, and Stop the Silence® will become a Department of IVAT, continuing with all the great programming that we have conducted for 20 years, but, now, we will have a larger professional base, an expanded network, and... more help! This change will help sustain the work of Stop the Silence® for years to come, focused on child sexual abuse (CSA) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) prevention, healing, and mitigation through advocacy, education, training, and policy development and reform. 

In the last report, I mentioned one of the other pieces of big news - a work in progress that is moving along quickly: our upcoming, new online Masters, Diploma, and Certificate program. I provide an update on that, below. 

Primary Activities this Past Quarter

1. Stop the Silence® - A Department of the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

Stop the Silence® has been collaborating with IVAT for about 15 years. The partnership has been a strong one, We have presented at IVAT Summits in Hawaii and San Diego for over a decade; I have been a member of advisory committees and associated Boards (e.g., the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence); we have partnered on grants and programming; we have served on committees together, etc., etc., etc. So, it is with confidence and excitement that we move forward as one, with all the Stop the Silence® programming being performed as a part of Stop the Silence® - A Department of IVAT (see our great new logo above!)

This past quarter, we have worked hard to put all the pieces together to make the change in status from a free-standing non-profit to a Department of IVAT.

Our programming remains the same, with a broader professional base, a wider reach, and more program assistance (it takes quite a bit to make all the programming work, as I am sure you can appreciate). 

We will continue:

  • Our international model prevention, treatment and mitigation programming (currently, we are working on obtaining funding for Peru, Tajikistan, South Africa, and Indonesia)
  • All the social media outreach on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. for survivors and others
  • Our educational speaking engagements (like for the Mississippi Early Childhood Association Conference)
  • Our distribution of information, research, and materials (we are currently working on an article for publication on our model)

2. An update on our New Zealand programming

We were not, as hoped for, able to make a last trip to New Zealand for the final, super big (300-500) training to form a larger base of those trained in New Zealand on CSA and ACEs, but we were able to find ways of expanding the base of understanding through other means. Stop the Silence® supported the work of Trust MYRIVR, one of our international partners, to provide broad TV-based education about CSA (note - content is sensitive, so watch a bit if you want and see whether you'd like to continue) and Trust MYRIVR members in reaching out to high schools in New Zealand with information about CSA and ACEs. 

3. Expanding our online education 

As I noted previously, Stop the Silence® has been working with Craig Hansen (soon to be Dr. Craig Hansen), a New Zealander who lives in Indonesia, to develop a Masters, Post-Graduate Diploma, and Post-Graduate Certificate Level Programmes in Child Trauma and Protection, Level 7. We have moved to the next stage and are in the process of further development for our online program that will be accredited by the University of Applied Research and Development. The University notes about itself that "Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies."

Stay tuned for an announcement about the availability of the different levels of achievement (Masters, Diploma, Certificate) that will be available through a new online platform for Stop the Silence®. 

Thanks, all, for your interest and continued support. 

Keep safe, all. Keep well. Be kind. Help each other.

Additional Resources: The resources available online are vast and can be overwhelming. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Resource Sharing Project are national leaders in providing support and resources to advocates and community-based responders. The leaders of the “me too” movement have published a toolkit for survivors with ideas for self-care. Perhaps the most important thing we can do during this time is to make special efforts to ensure we are reaching out and checking-in with survivors we know and work with, in addition to our colleagues who are trying to provide support and interventions for victims and survivors.

Thanks for reading!

AND DO PLEASE NOTE THAT GIVING TUESDAY IS ON DECEMBER 1, 2020, A LITTLE MORE THAN A WEEK FROM NOW, AND PLEASE TRY TO GIVE WHAT YOU CAN. THANK YOU. 

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

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Hello, all. This is, indeed, a very strange time for the world. We know that with the added stress of COVID-19 looming over us, Survivors (as well as all others) can feel an added sense of stress of being alone, coping alone, figure out alone. And children are at more risk due to the stress in families and the closure of schools and other normal activities. We at Stop the Silence® hope that we make lives that much easier by providing information, training, and support. Please take a little time to learn more about the risk of children during this time (see all the way at the bottom of this Report for additional resources).

While some of our normal onsite training and other activities have been curtailed due to the virus, we keep going! 

And, soon, we'll have some very, very exciting news on various fronts, one of them spelled out below about our upcoming, new online Masters, Diploma, and Certificate program. But there will be more to come in the way of a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT at the end of the year about the partnership between Stop the Silence® and the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) - so stay tuned! 

Primary Activities this Past Quarter

1. The Stop the Silence® Facebook Page and Closed Group for Survivors 

Given the closed nature of the world at this point and the need of Survivors, we - with the incredible leadership and help of Ward Schline, our Coordinator of Stop the Silence® Social Media Outreach - have been focusing largely on reaching out with information and support to Survivors and those related in other ways to CSA (as parents, advocates, etc.). We have largely done this through our open Facebook page from, where anyone can access information and support, and our closed Facebook group for survivors and their very close supporters (for the closed group, people have to ask permission to join and have to note why they want to join, i.e., because they are a survivor or very close supporter). There are thousands of people from throughout the world accessing information and support on both the page and the group and interacting with each other for support and guidance.

On a daily basis, we provide important information about various related subjects, like Gaslighting and other forms of ambient abuse, and also respond to survivors' questions and needs - on both the page and the group. Another very good "go-to" place for  information, of course, is the information provided by CDC on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), which we utilze on a regular basis.

2. Expanding our online education 

Stop the Silence® is working with Craig Hansen (soon to be Dr. Craig Hansen), a New Zealander who lives in Indonesia, to develop a Masters, Post-Graduate Diploma, and Post-Graduate Certificate Level Programmes in Child Trauma and Protection, Level 7. We are currently seeking approval for our programs' credentials from the University of Applied Research and Development, for the overview/ outline. The University notes about itself that "Our reputation for research and international outlook is second to none and reflected in our performance in the latest QS World University Rankings where we are ranked first in the world for development studies."

We are so lucky to have Craig working with us, helping us to organize and get approval for the curriculum for the hopefully soon-to-be virtual education on childhood trauma. Craig brings a global perspective to all his work - as coach, leader, educator, speaker, and entrepreneur. He has held leadership positions in government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and has led innovative projects around the world, including those in India, Nepal, Indonesia, the US., and News Zealand. THANK YOU, CRAIG! 

Stay tuned for an announcement about the availability of different levels of achievement (Masters, Diploma, Certificate) that will be available through a new online platform for Stop the Silence. 

3. Applications, applications, applications

I imagine this is exactly... no one's favorite job (well, it's not mine :-)), but by or before the end of August we will have in an new multi-million application for funds to expand the Stop the Silence® model to Peru, Tajikistan, South Africa, and Indonesia in partnerships with our partners in those countries. Wish us luck!!

Keep safe, all. Keep well. Be kind. Help each other.

Additional Resources: The resources available online are vast and can be overwhelming. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Resource Sharing Project are national leaders in providing support and resources to advocates and community-based responders. The leaders of the me too movement have published a toolkit for survivors with ideas for self-care. Perhaps the most important thing we can do during this time is to make special efforts to ensure we are reaching out and checking-in with survivors we know and work with, in addition to our colleagues who are trying to provide support and interventions for victims and survivors.

Thanks for reading!

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

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This certainly has been a strange time for all, and for me in other ways, as well, besides the virus. With the Corona Virus changing peoples' lives all over the globe, it has been a difficult time for all of us - and can have the effect of additional sense of isolation for survivors, so I hope those of you who are survivors are taking care of yourselves.

Stop the Silence® has remained busy. This season continues the development of plans, partnerships, and fundraising. I am providing an update on those.

This Report is dedicated to my sister, Amy Pine, who died on March 22, just other day, and who is a good part of the reason that I got involved in work to prevent and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide, which is the Mission of Stop the Silence®. A short Obituary is at the bottom of the update that tells a bit of the tale of her and Stop the Silence®, and a longer, official one is attached. A picture of me and her and from a few years ago are at the top of this report. 

Here is an update on current key issues of our programming:

1. Unfortunately, while we made it through the third round of the MacArthur Foundation 100 & Change program - submitted through the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), a 501(c)(3) organization lead by Sandi Capuano Morrison that condemns violence and oppression in all its forms - which provides $100 million to one organization every two years, was not the winner. Making to the third round is a great feat and testimony to our good work as many hundreds of organizations were competing.

We are moving forward with implementation of our international model that currently has 15 countries as a part of the coalition by applying for other major funds. If you had not seen our video that provides a quick overview of the partnership that was made for MacArthur (or, of course, if you want to see it again!), please click here to take a look at the video we made about the partnership and model (script by Pamela J Pine, video credit, Ben Kamakorewa). As I noted in the last report, there will be a closer association soon with IVAT and we will keep you posted about that.

2. An updated description of the New Zealand program, which informed the international program, is attached. We were to return to New Zealand in June 2020 (for which we have continued to plan fundraise this past period) to do a final training under this project for hundreds of various types of service providers. However, due to the virus, it has been postponed. We are now looking to probably the final quarter in 2020 to hold that training. We will aim to get everyone "on the same page" so that those who need help can get help by a multi-faceted group of service providers who understand the issues regarding CSA and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and who give information that reinforces each others' work and messages, and does not come at cross purposes from one another!

3. The U.S./New Zealand Program Team presented in Doha, Qatar in February 2020, at the prestigious and well-known International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) international Congress where we were one of the few organizations to get a full hour to speak about the development, implementation, and outcomes of programming in New Zealand thus far! Besides the opportunity to present the work that we have been doing in New Zealand and elsewhere, it gave us a chance to network with so many others who are working internationally. Being in Doha also gave me the personal pleasure of returning to the Middle East, where I have spent so much time working in the past. Sadly, there are few places that I can go now given the world's situation. Pics are attached of our trip. We are now looking at providing another update Australia at the ISPCAN Congress there at the end of this year. 

A Tribute to My Sister, Amy Pine, and Her Work on CSA Advocacy and Treatment

Please see the longer Obituary attached. Here, I provide a short overview of Amy's work on child sexual abuse and her connection to the work of Stop the Silence®.

After receiving her degree and license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in 1983, she opened her private practice in Santa Cruz that year. In 1987 Amy collaborated with Ellen Bass, who ultimately co-wrote The Courage to Heal (known to many as 'the Survivors' Bible') to found Survivors Healing Center (SHC), a local, Santa Cruz, CA non-profit dedicated to encourage, support, and advocate for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, the first of its kind in the country. Local survivors joined with Amy to publicly tell their stories. As a result of moving past shame, a core group of courageous women survivors of child sexual abuse joined Survivors Healing Center to make it a thriving resource for both survivors seeking services and local elected officials seeking guidance on public policy.

In 2000, I (Pamela Pine, CEO, Stop the Silence®) contacted Amy as I began learning about CSA - Amy and Ellen were the only two people I knew at that time who were actively and progressively working on CSA. We put together a collaboration between SHC and the international health organization in Washington, D.C. that I was working for at that time. Amy encouraged me to keep going to focus on a national/international model, even when I began to think getting people to pay attention was impossible and getting funding more so. Ultimately, in partnership, I wrote a grant and got unprecedented funding for a community advocacy, outreach, and treatment program that began as a focus in Santa Cruz. I continued to tailor and perfect that focus and model over the years - with all of the original components that Stop the Silence® continues to use today, and now with some added ones. I and Amy and SHC continued to collaborate on various programming over the years, including on the Walk to Stop the Silence® in South County Santa Cruz (patterned after the Race to Stop the Silence® in Washington, D.C.), which, in Santa Cruz, drew large numbers of largely Hispanic populations.

Amy continued to be active at the SHC until her retirement in January of this year.

Thank you for reading about my sister, Amy Pine, and her work. Please see the Obituary attached, which gives some more details on her life path. 

And, please: These next few months may be rough on survivors in particular. All: please take good care of yourselves and your loved ones. If you are a survivor of CSA or other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), take extra good care.

'Til next quarter... Pamela J Pine, CEO, Stop the Silence®

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Happy holidays to you all from all of us! 

I wanted to provide you with an end-of-year report and get us all started out well for the brand-new year: 2020, can you believe it!? 2020 - WOW!

For me, this past year has brought so much growth and re-orientation, professionally and personally, and I am grateful for it all. For myself, personally, I have been able to realize, more and more, how important some people in my life are to me. I have been able to accomplish some of the personal things that I've wanted to accomplish for so long. I've gotten back to my singing (more, not yet to the level I'd like to, but working on it), and my drawing and painting (same thing). The improvements on my house, which I've wanted to make for so long, have been coming right along. I am thinking of all of you and wishing you well.

Professionally, with Stop the Silence®, there's lots to tell, as always... 

Stop the Silence® Update

As always, Stop the Silence® has remained busy. This season is always about plans, moving forward partnerships, and fundraising, and this year-end has been no different. Here are five of our important involvements over the past few months:

1. In past reports, I've described some of the partnerships that are moving forward in a big way - the ones that support our programming in New Zealand and that are moving forward toward the further implementation of our international model that currently has 15 countries as a part of the coalition (some of the sites are providing in the map below - some addresses not exact). If you have not already, please click here to take a look at the video we made about the partnership and model (script by Pamela J Pine, video credit, Ben Kamakorewa). 

The video was made for an application to the MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Program that will give $100 million to one organization and promote others' good ideas that change the world. We are still in the running and will find out in February whether we have made it to the top 100 organizations! The award is given in September 2020. The international program was designed by me and submitted under the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT), a 501(c)(3) organization lead by Sandi Capuano Morrison, that condemns violence and oppression in all its forms. It stands with all who work for equality and peace. IVAT is a leading international resource and training center, founded in 1984, and has offices in San Diego, CA, and Honolulu, HI. (See, also, below, about our partnership with them.) We expect to be more involved with IVAT over this coming year - I'll keep you posted!

2. A description of the New Zealand program, which informed the international program, is attached. We return to New Zealand in June 2020 (for which we have been planning and doing some additional fundraising this past period) to do a final training under this project for hundreds of various types of service providers. We aim to get everyone on the same page so that those who need help can get help by a multi-faceted group of service providers who are "on the same page" and not giving information that comes at cross purposes from one another!

One of the additional and intended and wonderful outcomes of this program in New Zealand thus far has been to forward the community presence to "sit with the big boys and girls" at the national government table, to help identify needs and steer programming, and that has happened. Trust MYRIVR, our New Zealand and fundamental international partner, has not only been absolutely critical in the program's organization, outreach, education, and training progress, and helped to hook up individuals to services through their amazing MYRIVR App, but they have been invited to help inform the government's efforts to address New Zealand's very large child abuse issues! 

3. But, before June, the New Zealand program Team will be headed to Doha, Qatar in February 2020, to the prestigious and well-known International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) international Congress where we have been invited to speak about the development and outcomes in New Zealand thus far! We all are greatly looking forward to that! Besides the opportunity to present the work that we have been doing in New Zealand and elsewhere, it will give us a chance to network with so many others who are working internationally. It will also give me the personal pleasure of returning to the Middle East, where I have spent so much time working in the past. Sadly, there are few places that I can go now given the world's situation. 

4. Two of Stop the Silence®'s fundamental partnerships are with IVAT and the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV), which is associated with IVAT. NPEIV is a nonpartisan group of individuals, organizations, agencies, agencies, coalitions, and groups that embrace a national, multi-disciplinary and multicultural commitment to the prevention of all forms of interpersonal violence. We believe it is a basic human right to be safe at home, safe at school, safe in the community, and safe when interacting with the institutions of our society. It is our mission to work towards eliminating all forms of interpersonal violence, for all people, in all communities, at all states of life. I sit on the Executive Board of NPEIV and on the Advisory Group of IVAT. Together, as noted above, we aim to change the world. We expect the partnership between Stop the Silence® and IVAT to grow even stronger this year. 

5. Other partnerships, too, help us do various things. Two other very important partnerships to mention are the ones that help us raise funds, like through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and equally important, as well as, of course, are those individuals, like Ward Schline, who contributes SO much to the information that goes out through the Stop the Silence® Facebook pages (we have an open page and a closed group) as well as our LinkedIn group, and Alan Horn, who has steadfastly volunteered his time over years to help Stop the Silence®. We have another volunteer joining us who is working with us to develop an interactive blog so that survivors can safely interact with and get support from each other - and we are expanding our training. Stay tuned!

That's plenty for now. I hope you all have a very, very happy holiday. I know that this season can be rough on survivors. Take good care of yourselves and your loved ones. If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse or another type or other types of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), take extra good care this season. 

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