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Miss Africa USA Appreciation Cocktail Event
Miss Africa USA Appreciation Cocktail Event

STOP THE SILENCE® is SPRINGing Forward to Greater Accomplishments - January-March 2018 Report (HAPPY SPRING!) 

Over these past 18 years, I have learned so much. I have learned from people, places, situations, successes, and "failures" (though, I don't categorize much there - there is always learning to be had). We continue to apply all that we learn to our forward programming. We are making good headway. BUT, the stories that I hear, from the guardians of children, from the adult survivors, and sometimes from the children themselves continue to "get" to me - as they should! So, until these stories are no more, we will continue to work to make a shift in societies and end child sexual abuse, as we must... 

To help build our broad focus, STOP THE SILENCE® we reach and build person by person, piece by piece, situation by situation, focus by focus - and COUNTRY BY COUNTRY! - to bring the best of what we can to meet the overall need. We aim to stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. Thank you so much for your support and for continuing to take a look at our ongoing work. The support you provide helps make this all of what we do possible! 

Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse!

Quick Overview

In addition to our strategic and comprehensive education and training programming in the U.S., Stop the Silence® has moved forward this past quarter (January - March 2018) in the further development of our online training. The training has been live for nannies this past quarter, and we'll soon be going live with an interactive, online training for social workers... then lay audiences (parents, community members), then educators, then police, then physicians and other clinicians, then clergy, then...

In addition to the work that we expect will start in July in New Zealand alongside our partner MyRivr, which will draw off our ongoing work in advocacy, education, and training, and the work that we did with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Cyprus and others there, we have gotten a number of requests from various other countries (e.g., Ethiopia, Kenya, Lithuania, South Africa).  We are working hard to ensure support for implementation of a comprehensive model in all of these places - in all places! (A shout out to our colleague Joann Stevelos for all her very hard work along these lines!!)

The model is supported by the brand new focus from the World Health Organization (WHO) about the need to address CSA as a worldwide public health and clinical issue, and works on: 1) obtaining high-level government and stakeholder support, 2) on-site and online training of various types of service providers (as above), 3) the use of MyRivr's incredible App that allows people to download the App for free to report and allows various types of service providers to collaborate and coordinate in real time on cases; 4) changing attitudes, values, norms, and behavior to comprehensively prevent and mitigation child sexual abuse; and 5) evaluating and applying progress to all future programming. We will keep you posted!

We also have been very involved and active in the communities around Washington, D.C. this past quarter. A shout out to Jillian Short for all her outreachn locally!! So, please read below - there's lots to tell!

STOP THE SILENCE® 2017 FINAL QUARTER LOCAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS – January - March 2018: 

1. Jan. 10, 2018- DHS Combined Federal Campaign: Jill manned an information table/booth and provided interaction with DHS Employees.

2. Jan. 18, 2018- Human Trafficking Forum, Hilton Garden Inn, Waldorf MD: Jill provided a presence and spoke briefly regarding Stop the Silence and our anti-trafficking focus and vision. (pic below)

3. Jan. 20th, 2018- Miss Africa USA Appreciation Cocktail: Jill spoke regarding Stop the Silence's focus on CSA and trafficking, especially as it pertains to future plans for trainings in Kenya and other African countries. (pic attached)

4. Feb. 24th, 2018- Mrs. DC/MD United States Pageant, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Annapolis MD: Jill provided a presence, and a written short summary of Stop the Silence's focus and mission was read at this event.

5. March 10th, 2018- 4th annual Unstoppable You Conference, Faith Bible Church, Mechanicsville MD (see below pic): Jill was a keynote speaker, delivering a teaching and PowerPoint presentation ("The Art of Active Healing") on the power of "thriving" after abuse and trauma. Stop the Silence Information and resources were provided to the 200+ attendees.

6. March 11th, 2018- WPE Entertainment Brunch: Jill provided a presence for Stop the Silence, giving a short summary of our focus and vision; Pamela Pine, CEO, Stop the Silence spoke briefly regarding our vision and mission for our work in the U.S. and around the world. (pic below)

7. March 24-25, 2018- Jill judged the Miss USA National Miss Pageant, where her bio and summary of Stop the Silence was read to attendees; Jill also gave a short summary of Stop the Silence and our global focus on anti-trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse awareness...

8. Lexington Park, MD Sweet Frog Fundraisers: Two days a month. Thank you, Sweet Frog! 

Thank you so much for taking a look at our ongoing work. Your support helps make this all possible! Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse! (Next Update scheduled for the end of June, 2018)

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

Fourth Annual Unstoppable You Conference
Fourth Annual Unstoppable You Conference
Pam, Lauren Ziegler-Mrs. U.S, Lamon Easter
Pam, Lauren Ziegler-Mrs. U.S, Lamon Easter
MYRIVR in NZ! Rei on left, Elia on right
MYRIVR in NZ! Rei on left, Elia on right

STOP THE SILENCE® 2017 FINAL QUARTER ACCOMPLISHMENTS – October-December 2017:

To help build our broad focus, STOP THE SILENCE® continues to build piece-by-piece, situation-by-situation, focus-by-focus - and COUNTRY BY COUNTRY! - to bring the best of what we can to meet the overall need. GIVEN IS WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE USA, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE WE AND THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL WAKE UP TO THE NEED! - Thank you so much for taking a look at our ongoing work. Your support helps make this all possible! Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse!

I meet people all the time who have become more and more emboldened to speak out about CSA and trafficking. When I was at the IVAT Conference this past September in San Diego, CA, I met Akerei (Rei) Maresala-Thomson, and, with Elia Chan (who is also a co-founder), they run the organization MYRIVR in New Zealand. They and the world know the need, too! We've entered and are continuing to enter into partnerships with those who are speaking out more and more loudly, bringing critical programming to people in the U.S. and across the globe! See more below about MYRIVR, our work with them, and other international programming. 

Quick Overview

In addition to our strategic and comprehensive education and training programming in the U.S., Stop the Silence® has moved forward this past quarter in the development of our online training for nannies and an increasing number of service providers as well as our international focus in collaboration with local organizations and programs, primarily in Kenya and New Zealand. We also have been very involved and active in the communities around Washington, D.C. A shout out to Jillian Short for all her outreachn locally!! So, please read below - there's lots to tell!

The Details Please!

In the U.S., there is a lot going on (!) and interest from funders in our comprehensive, live CSA training as well as our expanding online comprehensive education and training and mitigation program is growing (and we hope we have some really good news to relate in the next quarterly report). The online training with certificate is now avaialble for nannies and The Nanny League, with which, under Lindsay Aspell, Founder and President of The Nanny League, we have a contract. We expect more nanny groups to be signing on. 

Lindsay, whose idea about an online training for nannies sparked this work, has made the online training on CSA and trafficking mandatory for all nannies interested in working with The Nanny League! Check out one of their info-fundraisers for Stop the Silence by clicking here.

In the U.S. and with reach throughout the world, we are currently building our online trainings for: social workers (they’re next), police, clinicians, clergy, parents and guardians, and others! The online training provides a comprehensive overview of CSA and trafficking, and the training will be interactive for all audiences for which we build programming from here-on-in, providing scenarios and letting the trainee pick answers to which they online system will then react. Cool, huh? So, stay tuned.

In New Zealand, Stop the Silence® has entered into a partnership with Akerei (Rei) Maresala-Thomson, Elia Chan, and their team that run MYRIVR. MyRivr Has Been Developed With One Aim - To Connect New Zealand Communities In Need To Social Services With Heart.

The estimates of child sexual abuse (CSA) around the world are staggering. In the U.S. alone, more than one out of four girls and at least one out of six boys are sexually molested by the time they are 18 years old (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). An international survey done in New Zealand found that one in four New Zealand girls is sexually abused before the age of 15, therefore presenting New Zealand with the highest CSA rate of any country examined.

MYRIVR has developed an award-winning, innovative tool that is the country’s largest enabler of community services coordination. The tool allows for the identification and tracking of the possible onset of abuse, and the coordination of the agencies that work to mitigate the response, making it easier for communities to reach out for help.

The Stop the Silence® partnership with MYRIVR focuses on the development and implementation of an initial three-year, five-phase (Design through Implementation and Evaluation) Comprehensive Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Training, Prevention, Mitigation, and Care (CSA-TPMC) Model for Maoris and others. The work follows the successful Stop the Silence®focus in Cyprus since 2014, and elsewhere.

In Kenya, Pastor Gama Ondere is the founder and runs the Clara Children Home Group CBO (https://www.facebook.com/ClaraChildrenHome/), and we will be working with them soon to build a comprehensive program to address the prevention, treatment, and mitigation of CSA. They endeavor to implement programs to improve the deplorable problems of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) and they are committed to actively participating in ongoing services in target communities to help bring positive impact in the lives of OVC Bungoma county and Kenya as a whole. We are excited to be starting work with them soon!

In addition to our BIG news nationally and internationally, please see the list below for our most recent accomplishments – 2016 and 2017 – as well as our further back GlobalGiving reports for Stop the Silence®).  (Next Update scheduled for the end of March, 2018)

STOP THE SILENCE® 2017 FINAL QUARTER LOCAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS – October-December:

  • Oct. 2: Interview (Jill Short) by Hung Viet Trinh and Chintana Vann of Empower Imagination and EILiveTV, highlighting CSA and STOP THE SILENCE®’s mission, goals, and other crucial information. This interview has been viewed by several thousand documented viewers to date. More partnership and interviews coming soon!
  • Ongoing since October: Sweet Frog of Lexington Park, MD: We are excited to have begun participating in Sweet Frog’s generous fundraisers! We are currently doing/participating in two fundraiser nights each month! A huge Thank You to the amazing manager who gives of her time and effort to make sure each visitor knows about us and what we are all about!! J
  • Oct. 12: Fall Freedom Fest- Harley Davidson, Indian Head MD: STOP THE  SILENCE® was honored to take part in this annual festival, providing a voice through interaction/informative dialogue and dispersion of literature/materials.
  • Oct. 19: Provided a presence at the Center for Abused Persons (CAP) Community Breakfast. In observance to October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it has become an annual tradition to come together to be a LOUD VOICE, to invite others to speak out against Domestic Violence, CSA, and other forms of abuse and trauma.
  • Oct. 21-22: 51st Annual US Oyster Festival, St. Mary's County, MD:  We were so excited to take part in this awesome weekend, celebrating the opening of oyster season on the Chesapeake Bay! STOP THE SILENCE® was given the opportunity to speak (over the loudspeaker—heard throughout the whole fairgrounds!) offering a condensed but detailed explanation of CSA, offering statistics, goals for change, awareness and information, and a call for community involvement. STOP THE SILENCE® spent both days meeting and engaging with attendees on many levels. Overall, a very successful event!
  • Nov. 3: St Charles High School, Waldorf MD- Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Awareness Day! STOP THE SILENCE® was honored to partner with the Center for Abused Persons (CAP) in two dynamic assemblies, speaking to and engaging the entire student body on the subject of abusive relationships and CSA. Further plans are in progress to bring back more indepth training later in the year, for both students and participating teachers.
  • Nov. 5: Town of La Plata Veterans Parade: STOP THE SILENCE® provided a presence through sharing and community interaction in the heart of La Plata, Maryland
  • Nov. 10: Annual Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade (largest in Maryland!) honoring our military--both past and present! STOP THE SILENCE® was honored and duly recognized through a brief explanation of STOP THE SILENCE®’s mission, goals and focus; the community was further invited to learn more about CSA through our website, Facebook pages etc., and/or by contacting STOP THE SILENCE® directly through email.
  • Nov. 11: Provided a voice at the Miss Africa USA Pageant at Bowie State University, offering awareness and empowerment across a myriad of aspects pertaining to CSA, Trafficking and Domestic Violence
  • Nov. 21: Cultural Night at Woodlin Elementary School, Silver Spring MD:  We were so excited to advocate for safe relationships, healthy body-image and confidence to the student body of Woodlin Elementary!
  • Dec. 3: "ON THE SCENE" Holiday Brunch, YMCA Anthony Bowen, 2017 hosted by Patricia McDougall:  Honored to present a short talk on CSA and the hope of healing through support, awareness, education, and speaking out.
  • Dec. 10: Little Crowns gala, Silver Spring Civic Center, hosted by Noreida Lobo: A love-filled event, empowering and benefiting the children of Cape Verde; STOP THE SILENCE® was honored to offer a short speech highlighting CSA Abuse awareness
  • Dec. 30: Haut Nkam (Africa/Cameroon) Community Gala, Hampton Conference Center, Silver Spring MD: Provided a presence through an inspirational speech highlighting the need to speak out, to shatter the silence, and offer awareness and information regarding CSA and DV. A great way to end the year in preparation for 2018!!

Thank you so much for taking a look at our ongoing work. Your support helps make this all possible! Please give to help us all move forward in the prevention and treatment and mitigation of child sexual abuse!

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

MYRIVR Pacific Business Trust Innovation Award
MYRIVR Pacific Business Trust Innovation Award '16
Jill at CFC 2017 lookin
Jill at CFC 2017 lookin' like a kid
Pamela Pine presenting earlier in 2017
Pamela Pine presenting earlier in 2017

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Pamela J Pine in front of IVAT Awards Poster
Pamela J Pine in front of IVAT Awards Poster

On September 26, 2017, Pamela J Pine accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award in Advocacy Award from the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma (IVAT). In it, she quoted words from Vic Desotelle, Survivor and Advocate. The brief speech, with Vic's words, are below, and, below that, our accomplishements for this past quarter:

"Thank you, IVAT and NPEIV leadership and Award Committee.

My reality is that awards and praise have never been my motivators. Good work (from my perspective and respected others) and results, and the friends and colleagues I have made along the way, have been.

And, yet, I have been in my chosen field for four decades, and, for those years, and years before that given the family I grew up in, I have been involved with advocacy in one form or another, in one area or another.

And, now, to be recognized by my peers, and such illustrious ones at that, means something very real and important to me. I have worked hard, struggled with lots, been successful at much. And this recognition is important to me. And means a lot on many levels. So, from the bottom of my heart and from the core of my being: Thank you. It is important work that we all do. You have made this person's work even more meaningful.

But, very importantly, I want to share some words from Vic Desotelle, a survivor of church child sexual abuse and an activist running Project Cross Point. The other day he shared words with me, in his frustration with the systems that we all deal with, with the world in which we live... with words that remind us to examine what and who we are, what we are doing and with whom, and why, to maximize the impact that we all have. His words and the meaning behind them are critical to our understanding of CSA and what can and needs to be done!

Vic said: “The authority defaults to its own hierarchy. No matter if they are entitled bishops, authorized doctors, overruling presidents, or degreed therapists. They all default to their own unified elitist hierarchy, leaving all other powerful beings disempowered. Authority is blinding... I offer betrayal as an unexpected pathway to dysfunction... and to shadowed truth."

So, I leave you with this: let us all be cognizant of what our Mission is. It is, in the words provided by IVAT leadership, in its Mission: 'We aim, alone and together to improve the quality of life for individuals on local, national, and international levels by sharing and disseminating vital information, improving collaborations and networking, conducting research and trainings, assisting with direct professional services, program evaluation, and [promoting] violence-free living.' Let us do this in the kindest, most open, and most thoughtful ways possible, but let us do this. Let us be the water that Sujata Warrier speaks of: Let us move through crevices, let us move mountains, let us change landscapes!

Thank you for this award today. It means a lot." 

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any HELP AT ANY LEVEL that you can in 2017 and beyond!! 

OVER THIS PAST QUARTER (July-September 2017), Stop the Silence has, as always, been very busy, locally, nationally, and internationally:

  1. Dr. Pamela Pine a Livetime Achievement in Advocacy Award at IVAT and presented on extending a comprehensive CSA model to nations across the globe.
  2. We continued to work with Cyprus and other countries in Europe (in UK with Linda Lawrence, founder and President of Kids Count in London), Asia (India), Africa (Kenya, Mozambique) to forward comprehensive model programming (see updated Cyprus progress, attached: the "Cyprus Model"). The Cyprus Model is being used to bring other countries (e.g. UK, Kenya, India, Mozabique) forward in a comprehensive approach to CSA prevention and mitigation through training of a multi-faceted force of government leaders, teachers, social service workers, psychologists and counselors, police, and others through a training and training-of-trainers approach. With Kids Count, we furthered plans / collaboration for CSA trainings, as well as a day-conference for key members of the Ministry / Parliament and others, to take place in several concentrated areas within the UK. At this point, we are realistically looking at Spring of 2018 for the startup for work in the UK. A campaign kickoff in the UK is being discussed for once people are trained there, and likely take place in 2018 or 2019. The work in Mozambique and Kenya have already begun. Check back for updates!
  3. We expanded the Nanny Training in partnrship with The Nanny League, and prepped for the Expansion of our online training program for Nannies and other groups (social service workers, therapists, teachers, police, and others!) We will be moving this all forward in the final quarter of the year.
  4. We move forward our Art as Advocacy focus with Herb Cohen, Artist and Author, to finalize still art "cards" (and/or billboards, etc.) that will be used in upcoming advocacy and education programming (see attached). 
  5. Jill Short was featured as a key presenter / panelists for a youth conference and breakout session at the Marion Barry Youth Leadership Institute (MBYLI) in DC, in partnership with Paving the Way (Jan Edwards), offering training to more than 300 amazing youth leaders regarding Child Sexual Abuse and Sex Trafficking
  6. We joined forces with the county of Fairfax, Virginia to bring awareness about CSA and related violence through Stop the Silence: Walk to Stop Sexual Violence, July 3, 2017. (To see more about this event, please visit “Our Work” in the menu tab of the STS website: www.stopthesilence.org.)
  7. We further expanded CSA Survivor Force media outreach as well as education and training in the U.S. and abroad, e.g., Dr. Pamela Pine was a Plenary Speaker at the SNAP Conference in August in Alexandria, VA. She spoke about a comprehensive model toward CSA prvention and healting that is applicable on the local, national, and international levels.
  8. Jill Short provided a presence representing Stop the Silence at the red carpet screening of the powerful movie, When Love Kills: the Falicia Blakely Story, produced by TV-One, directed by Tasha Smith; represented Stop the Silence through networking and media advertisement.
  9. We authored and submitted a four-part online series and podcast, in partnership with Rachel Grant Coaching, entitled The Art of Active Healing, offering vital information for survivors of CSA (by Jillian Short)
  10. We conducted continued weekly and bi-weekly conference calls with Stop the Silence associates, detailing new Art as Advocacy plans, programming, fundraising goals/plans and more.
  11. We recorded a segment for WGTS 91.9 for the weekend show, "Breakaway", airing late August, offering hope and encouragement for survivors of CSA, abuse, assault and trauma. (Jillian Short)
  12. Jill Short participated in an interview at the Miss Globe Gala, Hyatt Regency, Dulles Airport, giving voice to raise awareness on CSA and the outreach/resources available through Stop the Silence®..
Family and Awards Dinner
Family and Awards Dinner
Pamela J Pine speaking at session
Pamela J Pine speaking at session
Traveling in Esteemed Company at IVAT Summit
Traveling in Esteemed Company at IVAT Summit
Pamela
Pamela's Award Plaque
Stop the Silence-Herb Cohen Advocacy Print Cover
Stop the Silence-Herb Cohen Advocacy Print Cover

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Cntr. for Abused Persons Vigil-Victims of Abuse
Cntr. for Abused Persons Vigil-Victims of Abuse

On Thursday, May 10, 2017, I (Pamela Pine, CEO, Stop the Silence) received some wonderful news from the Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma (VAT) in San Diego, CA.

The email I received said this: "It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been nominated to receive an award at the 22nd International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma, from September 21st-27th, 2017. This award is given to the individual who exemplifies compassion, wisdom, and tirelessness. They serve those who most need an ally during the most painful of times. This award honors and encourages the qualities of an advocate by recognizing outstanding life achievement on behalf of victims of interpersonal violence."

I wrote back:

"I am thrilled... Thank you so much... My reality is that awards and praise have never been my motivators. Good work (from my perspective and respected others) and results, and the friends and colleagues I have made along the way, have been.

And, yet, I have been in my chosen field for 40 years, and, for those years, and years before that given the family I grew up in, I have been involved with advocacy in one form or another, in one area or another. And, now, to be recognized by my peers, and such illustrious ones at that, means something very real and important to me. I have worked hard, struggled with lots, been successful at much. And this recognition is important to me. And means a lot on many levels.

So, from the bottom of my heart and from the core of my being: Thank you. It is important work that we all do. You have made this person's work even more meaningful

Join us! There is so much to do and in so many ways and so many ways to join us at Stop the Silence... I mean, besides Jill Short being crowned as Mrs. Washington, D.C. (!), and using her platform to reach out about CSA prevention and mitigation...

Our biggest news over the past quarter is our launched on-line training for nannies! We've started in partnership with The Nanny League (thank you so much for your partnership, Lindsay Aspell!!). Stop the Silence set up a comprehensive on-line, certificate training that the nannies that are placed through The Nanny League are now required to take. The nannies can register, pay a small fee, and take the training in one or more sittings, and get a certificate of completion at the end that they can present to their employees. 

But we're not stopping there! Over the next weeks, we will be expanding the availability of this training to all nannies, everywhere (the training in currently in English, but it will be available in other languages later). And, we will be tailoring this training and making it available to educators, social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, doctors, lawyers, and others soon! That is our primary focus for the next month or two, while we continue to further strategize and set up comprehensive, strategic, and systemic national and international programming. Our programming involves both a bottom-to-top and top-to-bottom focus, working with survivors, service providers, and policymakers. (For the directions that we continue to move in, please see attached, updated Cyprus progress.)

To help build our broad focus, we continue to build piece by piece, situation by situation, focus by focus to bring the best of what we can to meet the overall need. Please see below and pics for the most recent accomplishments - over the past quarter (please see past GlobalGiving reports for Stop the Silence accomplishments over this 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 in 2017 and beyond!! 

OVER THIS PAST QUARTER (April-June, 2017), Stop the Silence has:

  1. April: Launched the new one-stop Nanny on-line program in collaboration with The Nanny League, which is mandated for new nannies placed by the Nanny League, which is also being adapted for other audiences (e.g., police, teachers, social workers, and others) – the reach will be international given that it is online. 
  2. April 2- Provided a presence in the March to End Child Abuse, Upper Senate Park at the Capitol; Speech "Rise Up”, a call to action on a national and global level.
  3. April 2-  Met with entire Florida Unicef Team, Union Station, Washington DC; Live speech giving a summary of Stop the Silence®, who we are, and why we do what we do.
  4. April 5-  Participated in UNICEF breakfast; Collaboration between Florida and Washington DC activists/delegates; Spoke briefly on Stop the Silence’s involvement in ending CSA and Trafficking worldwide.
  5. April 7-  Spoke at the Center for Abused Persons (CAP) 23rd Annual Vigil for Victims of Abuse at the Charles County Courthouse, Apr. 7, 2017- La Plata, MD.; Spoke to community member and government officials regarding Stop the Silence® and our mission moving forward.
  6. April 13-  Participated in Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Day, Tallahassee Florida; Meeting with state delegates/brief speech outlining Stop the Silence and the need for action at State/Government levels.
  7. April 19- Appeared (Jill Short) on “Issues of Life," WTGF 90.5 FM; 90-minute talk on the prevalence of Child Abuse in families/communities.
  8. April 20-  Spoke at “Poetry, Pinwheels & Panelists”, at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Washington DC; Panelist and speaker; speech entitled, “The Power of Awareness."
  9. April 20, presented at Bowie State University - film screening of 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, and presentation by Pamela Pine.
  10. April 22-  Participated in “Take Back the Night”- Arlington Gateway Park; Speech, “Breaking the Chains Together”, a call to survivors of rape and domestic violence to speak out and shatter the silence.
  11. April 25- brought “Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor” (written, acted, directed, produced by Michael Broussard) to Gallaudet University, DC; Dr. Pamela Pine gave a presentation after this powerful production for survivors of abuse and the public.
  12. April 29- Walk to Stop the Silence-Walk to End Sexual Violence, Fairfax, VA
  13. May 6-  Participated in Center for Children, Poker Run Fundraiser, Southern Maryland; Spoke briefly to community leaders on Stop the Silence®, showcasing our need to be a voice.
  14. May 7-  “That Anita Live”- Television interview (Jill Short), entitled “The Silent Epidemic”, sharing my story and pertinent details of Stop the Silence®.
  15. May 25-  Spoke at National Missing Children’s Day at Ten Thousand Villages of Alexandria VA; “Rock One Sock” event, speaking on human trafficking and the need for community involvement; Provided detailed information about Stop the Silence®.
  16. May 27-  Participated in Official Rolling Thunder Open House in Ft. Washington (DC Harley Davidson) representing the US Continental Pageant and Stop the Silence®; Interview on Star 98.3 (DC), elaborating on Stop the Silence® and the prevalence of CSA worldwide, giving a call to action from community members.
  17. June 12-  Participated in Fashion for Fighters Gala at the New Zealand Embassy, Washington DC; Represented Stop the Silence® and the US Continental Pageant; Live video appearance focusing on CSA and Stop the Silence®.
  18. June 24- Annual Charles County Crime Solvers Golf Tournament, White Plains MD; Represented Stop the Silence®; Speech regarding CSA, detailing statistics and the need for action; Made video for Crime Solvers, showcasing Stop the Silence®.
  19. “Always A Voice”- Leader/facilitator of a weekly community support group for Survivors of CSA  meeting each Friday morning in Leonardtown, MD; Always a Voice also supports survivors through web/internet groups, promoting Stop the Silence®;  Always A Voice website: www.alwaysavoice.com
  20. And MORE!!

STAY TUNED THIS NEXT QUARTER WHEN WE:

  • Expand our on-line training program for nannies and other groups
  • Continue to work with Cyprus and other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to forward comprehensive model programming (see updated Cyprus progress: the "Cyprus Model")
  • Join forces with various others like the county of Fairfax, Virginia to bring awareness about CSA and related violence through Stop the Silence: Walk to Stop Sexual Violence (see attached flyer)
  • Further expand CSA Survivor Force media outreach as well as education and training in the U.S. and abroad, e.g., I will be a Plenary Speaker at the SNAP Conference this coming August.
  • And lots more!

Thanks, all, for your help. And you can continue that help... Give through GlobalGiving! AND... join us! There is so much to do - I'm sure there is something that YOU can do to further the movement!

Thank you! Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence

Michael-Pam-Jill_"Ask" Performance_May 2017
Michael-Pam-Jill_"Ask" Performance_May 2017
Pam at Stop the Silence table_Fairfax, VA 2017
Pam at Stop the Silence table_Fairfax, VA 2017
Pics of Jill-Lauren-Melody (UNICEF)_2017
Pics of Jill-Lauren-Melody (UNICEF)_2017

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Pam, Jill, Navy, and USMC Top Staff at CFC Awards
Pam, Jill, Navy, and USMC Top Staff at CFC Awards

“I am so excited to be a part of Stop the Silence. It is a joy to see prevention, education and awareness going out to so many, and in so many ways! In embracing my story and speaking out, I have broken the chains and stopped the silence—for it is the silence that keeps the world enslaved and allows the perpetuation to continue. I am actively putting an end to that…and from here, the sky is the limit.” - Jill Short, Stop the Silence Volunteer and CSA Survivor Force member

Hello, everyone! There is often so much going on at Stop the Silence, I have trouble remembering myself! We've been at this for 17 years and have had a real impact! AND, we keep on going with all that we do, because we MUST!

Child sexual abuse (CSA) is now on the agenda in the U.S. and other places in the world - let's keep it there until it's GONE! 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! We are ALL making a difference. Change is in process. Change is in the making. Change is HERE!

I want to underline the Stop the Silence model for comprehensive programming that Cyprus is implementing with input from Stop the Silence and that we expect to implement with states in the U.S. and in other countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia.  It takes into consideration all of the various types of interventions (education, training, policy reform) at all of the levels (individual, school, family, government, society) that need to occur to make a societal shift. Help us continue to make a huge difference now and in the future!! Here's a comment from the most-recent training in Cyprus that we conducted hosted by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture for ALL public school counselors and psychologists just this past January 2017: "Now I know how to use the skills we learned if I have any CSA case in my... office." See attached info and pics! The training was conducted by Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH (yours truly), Dr. Dave Corwin, and Jill Short.

Please see below for the most recent accomplishments - over the past quarter - please see past GlobalGiving reports for Stop the Silence accomplishments over this year. In this report, I'm focusing on "short and sweet" - our TOP FIVE PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS - so that you all can really digest what you have helped accomplish. Let me underline that we are making a difference LOCALLY, NATIONALLY, and INTERNATIONALLY! 

HELP US EXPOSE AND STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, AND HELP SURVIVORS HEAL WORLDWIDE! Thank you for any HELP AT ANY LEVEL that you can in 2017 and beyond!! 

OVER THIS PAST QUARTER - December 2016 through March 2017 - Stop the Silence has:

  1. Updated and got ready to launch (this month!) the new one-stop Nanny on-line program in collaboration with The Nanny League, which will be mandated for joining League nannies, and is also being adapted for other audiences (e.g., police, teachers, psychologists) – the reach is international given that it is online. 
  2. Continued moving forward with CSA Survivor Force, and readying for those Force members to mentor the next "crop" of those reaching the media with "real" information about CSA
  3. Met and strategized with various local, state, and international groups to move forward awareness, prevention, and action agendas, e.g., with a group in Baltimore, MD to understand how best to address a very complicated and far-reaching church- and other-authority-related severe CSA events
  4. Conducted what may just be the very first all-country (mandated) training of public school psychologists and counselors in Cyprus, which included Cypriots and individuals from other countries interested in bringing the program to their locations - effecting the lives of thousands of children and families (see attached info and pics!)
  5. As the charity representative, presented at numerous Combined Federal Campaign events, but very importantly, the Navy's CFC Award Ceremony, U.S. Pentagon (see attached speech and pics) - 15 years ago, this never would have happened... Change is HERE!!


STAY TUNED THIS NEXT QUARTER WHEN WE:

  • Continue to work with Cyprus and other countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America to forward comprehensive model programming (see pics attached from the panel for which I was the Key Note Speaker this past July at the House of Commons, Parliament, London, along with speakers like Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, Hertfordshire)
  • Present our Art as Advocacy Programming at Bowie State University in Maryland and Gallaudet University in DC - the world's premier university for the deaf and hard of hearing (our Art as Advocacy programming includes the use of, for examples, 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, and the play Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor by Michael Broussard, with after-show presentations/discussions)
  • Join forces with various others like the county of Fairfax, Virginia to bring awareness about CSA and related violence through Stop the Silence: Walk to Stop Sexual Violence (see attached flyer)
  • Further expand CSA Survivor Force media outreach as well as education and training in the U.S. and abroad, e.g., I will be a Plenary Speaker at the SNAP Conference this coming August. 


Thanks, all, for your help. And you can continue that help... Give through GlobalGiving! AND...

Announcing the Little by Little Matching Campaign! This campaign is designed to celebrate the power of small donations and the power of the crowd. From April 3rd to April 7th, GlobalGiving will be matching donations up to $50 at 50% while the $50,000 in matching funds remain. 

So, HELP OUT ANY TIME and if you want your dollars to go further, given between April 3-7!

Thank you! Pamela Pine, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence

 

 

Jill and Pam training_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Jill and Pam training_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Stop the Silence & South Africa Colleagues_Cyprus
Stop the Silence & South Africa Colleagues_Cyprus
The Whole Training Gang at dinner_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
The Whole Training Gang at dinner_Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Full training room in Cyprus_Jan. 2017
Full training room in Cyprus_Jan. 2017

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Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

Location: Glenn Dale, MD - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.stopthesilence.org
Project Leader:
Pamela Pine
Glenn Dale, MD United States
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