Stop child sexual abuse through global education

by Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse
Arts4Change logo
Arts4Change logo

Hello, everyone! And thank you for your on-going support. I want to thank you all, and invite you to work with us - and keep singing, drawing, painting, performing, movie-making, etc., toward greater spirituality, healing and education for others! Check out the reports and attachments below - and stay tuned for much, much more from many! Opening hearts and minds toward understanding and action! Let's kick off the new year well. Please give to this important organization and its programming. Please help stop and heal CSA!

I wrote this to an important donor (and now a friend) just recently and I like it, so I'll repeat it to all of you...

I want to take a few very important moments - because it's deserved and because it is right before a time when thing not only should but really need to be said - to truly and heartily and gratefully thank you for all you have done to help Stop the Silence. 

This is not an easy task, after all, trying to prevent, treat, and mitigate child sexual abuse. Your contributions, both strategically and monetarily, have made it easier. I have been working on this since 2000, and full-force since 2002. It has been more than worthwhile, fascinating, sad, frustrating, wonderful, excruciating, and much more. None of it has been easy, but that is ok. It has been said that much of what is worth doing in this world is often not easy, and that the most important lessons are the hardest ones to learn - and this is worthwhile and the lessons oh so important! We have done a lot; we have affected many lives, will will do more. In my last quarterly report (Fall 2015, in September), I provided a lot of information, so I will keep this report short so not to take too much of your time during this busy holiday season. 

  • We are helping to lead a national Survivor Force, put in place this past quarter (stay tuned for further details!) that will educate a very wide public. As a part of this, Stop the Silence and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse's (NAASCA)'s newly formed non-profit team up further, we aim to bring the kind of information, education and training forward to further stop and help heal child sexual abuse! Check out this GREAT piece of testimony from Tara Walker Lyons to the State Legislature in Montana! Go Tara!!
  • There is an online training for nannies that we developed and that will go wide in 2016 - we will create more trainings for more and other types of service providers over the year.
  • This past quarter (in November) we did trainings for social service, school, and university students in Prince George's Co., Maryland; these are ongoing, and we are holding regular symposiums for local and state governments, with the next one focused on nurses, familiy liaison, and social service professionals in February and March.
  • Our university program is expanding. I am excited about them all, but I am very excited about both the expansion to the Greek societies (Arts4Change - see our lovely logo below) and programs for those at higher risk for CSA (in this category are disabled, non-hearing, underserved audiences). These populations are often easier prey and, given that there is a there is a relationship between early sexual violence and later sexual violence, this is very important work - we're looking to help stop the generational aspect of CSA. 
  • We are working with the governments and others in Europe to bring more training to there, e.g., train-the-trainer training and a focus on a country-wide campaign (we conducted an enormously well-received training for the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture in Dec. 2014 that lead, in only one year, to a White Paper, new policies and procedures for administrators, teachers, students, etc), and to other Central European nations with the government of Cyprus as a partner. 
  • We have a request for funding out for programming in Kenya and elsewhere, too! We continue collaborating with a group in Kenya on other fronts. 

So, let me say thank you thank you thank you for all that you have done and wish you and yours a very happy holiday and Happy New Year! 

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training locally, nationally, and internationallyMake a donation to help Stop the Silence this holiday season! We thank you for your support now and always along the way. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

There is SO much to do - it WILL take us ALL! It will take us all whether we work together or alone, but together is better. Join us in this movement! Join others! Read about what we're doing - and do join the movement!

Thanks for all! Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence !

Join me in song and other Arts4Change!
Join me in song and other Arts4Change!

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Our Newest Recruit - Max Pine at NIST!
Our Newest Recruit - Max Pine at NIST!

Hello, everyone. Well, as usual, we have been very, very busy over this past quarter - working on some very exciting initiatives. 

I still learn or feel something new on a regular basis and try to apply what I can. As I said last time, I've been involved with child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention and healing for 15 years now. WOW! What became most transparent - most felt to me, most real to me – most recently - over the last months - is how hard it must be for all survivors, and what it takes to cope. I have worked with and been friends with many survivors over the past 15 years, and I "knew" many things about CSA, but... While in Cyprus last December, I had a bit of an epiphany of sorts while talking about offenders and survivors’ healing. I felt like I started to feel what the aftermath might feel like (I don't know that what I felt was what some or most survivors feel, but I can be pretty empathic.) I walked around with a really, really heavy heart for good while (you know, that feeling like, seriously, your heart is going to break or explode - it truly feels heavy, bloated... wrong, like it, itself wants to cry).

But out of the ashes, as they say... I have learned how to take care of myself better as a result, I have also learned more about letting people in and how, how to support others better, and hopefully, I can do what I do better in the world. Perhaps I now bring a better me to it. :-)

I have to thank you, Amy - and Bob! - for listening to me for HOURS (honestly, if you put the time together, it must be at weeks' of overall time) to help me learn - to help me learn how for me to listen to me! But, I have to thank so many other people - survivors - for bringing so much to me and to the work. In alphabetical order, here are just a very, very few: Amanda, Andrew, Chris, Barbara, Edward, LaQuisha, Matthew, Svava, and so, so, so many, many more. Everywhere I go, every time I open my mouth about CSA, I meet survivors, many who become friends or colleagues. Thank you for helping, thank you for healing, thank you for teaching, thank you for your dedication, caring, hard work, tenacity, and for just keeping on keeping on!

Ultimately, I am happy and excited to be making a difference - I think we are...

Please read on about our programming locally, nationally, and internationally over the past quarter: 

First, let me tell ya about... Stop the Silence 5YP - In April 2015 Stop the Silence (Bill Mathis with input from the rest of us) created a draft Five Year Strategic Plan supporting programs and initiatives to achieve is vision and mission goals, and it has been further revised recently. The Plan establishes core themes for advocacy, outcomes and results : 

  1. Focused Messaging and Activism
  2. Integrating End-toe-nd Survivor Healing
  3. Engagement with Education: Education in the Community, Education for Authorities, Education for Healthcare
  4. Integrating End-to-End Prevention
  5. Advocating New / Improved Research
  6. Focused Fundraising and Recruiting

The 5YP is aligned to the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence's (NPEIV) National Plan themes, but covers topics and outcomes specifically focused on the issues of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Survivor Healing. This plan contains the high-level content and objectives for Stop the Silence’s Arts4Change initiative, a new program geared to the Greek Community.

Then, for your reading pleasure, here are some details about our hands-on work over the past quarter leading toward our goals and objectives...

LOCAL 

  • In June, we presented to the Prince George’s Co. Human Trafficking Taskforce (Prince George’s County, MD Dept. of Family Services Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking Supportive Services Division) on the relationship between the issues of CSA and trafficking, and we will be providing a symposium (date TBD) for the Department of Education. The members present were from the Dept. of Social Services, Office of the State's Attorney, Fire Dept., PG County School System, Human Relations Commission, and the Department of Family Services. Contacts there are pushing forward our involvement with other local colleges and universities, Other local focus includes providing information to hundreds (perhaps thousands) of others through university outreach in Maryland, DC, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, houses of worship, community groups, etc., to educate and catalyze community responses.
  • We are in discussion about further programming and training for the social service and school systems (e.g., nurses) in Prince George’s Co. Maryland. We will be providing training for the Public School Counselors (60), Student Pupil Workers (235) and Health and Human Services staff (100) early next year. Health and Human Services is comprised of Health Department, Social Services, and Family Services Departments. 
  • We are thrilled to be taking part in a bunch of tabling for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) - we get to educate as well as raise needed funds for our work! (Check out my newest recruit in the first pic below!)

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL 

  • At Stop the Silence at Indiana University, lots is in the works. During the summer months, the group focused mostly on preparing for the upcoming year with the Board of Stop the Silence at IU transitioning and contacting various university departments (Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology) for partnerships and reaching out for a new faculty advisor; exploring community partnerships for raising awareness and events; conducting meetings with University sexual assault awareness groups (‘Culture of Care at IU’, IU CAPS- Counseling and Psychological Services); and, in early September (moving into the Fall), the group has been working with the Indiana University Student Involvement and Union Board to contact more students for recruitment purposes.Stop the Silence at IU has a Fall Fundraising Month scheduled for October with canning at local downtown Bloomington restaurants.
  • The work on the Arts as Advocacy strategic map, engagement themes and outcomes templates continues. The Stop the Silence strategy mapping and outcomes management proof-of-concept for Road to Change in Europe (May 2013-February 2015) was converted into an online template for long-range planning and program design. Arts as Advocacy is the generic University engagement model that established the basic theme of the Engagement With Education outcomes theme – specific training and education focused on communities, college curricula, legal / judicial and healthcare. As noted above, Stop the Silence expanded this approach (after March) with the Arts4Change initiative focused on fraternities and sororities.
  • The Arts4Change (A4C) initiative was created as a key part of an overall five year strategic plan (5YP, see above) that builds on the Arts as Advocacy model for University partnerships, locally-based engagement, and repeatable nation-wide education and activism toward the Stop the Silence vision and mission...
    • Bill Mathis of CPIC Solutions and our Board Secretary/Treasurer has developed new Amplify models (mapping toward objectives and goals) using proven templates from the Road To Change (in the EU) and the Art as Advocacy (U.S. currently) projects.
    • The A4C plan is built around public festivals to solicit and celebrate various forms of artistic expression relevant to Child Sexual Abuse prevention and healing. The A4C roadmap included preliminary steps to define goals and establish fundamental messaging and brand images for the initiative.
    • The 2015 near-term actions include pilot engagement within new universities and an introductory arts event involving an estimated dozen or so Washington DC area colleges and universities. Lessons learned will be used to prepare for and stage the inaugural Arts4Change Festival planned for Child Abuse Awareness Month in 2016. THANK YOU STOP THE SILENCE INTERNS FOR HELPING MAKE THIS A REALITY!
  • The on-line Nanny training is in development and we are working to have a trial period from October 1 forward. This will be a template/model for training for other audiences – the reach is international given that it is online. 
  • Stop the Silence continues to reach out to the world through the media. A recent (September 7) interview with United Kingdom Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal (UK CSAPT) highlighted Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, CEO (little old me) of Stop the Silence on a prevention and healing focus. Click here for the finished UK CSAPT YouTube link for the conversation. 
  • We have been honored and pleased, too, to continue to be a part of various international conferences to reach out to disseminate information and catalyze action, like at the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) - see pics below - and to share panels with distinguished individuals and share the information that I have. So much to do that it sometimes has me saying "whew," but I am so glad that I've learned so much, shared what I can, and that I get to do it with so many wonderful people! The picture below of the older woman is Rose Schindler, a Jewish survivor of the holocaust - she told her story as she has so many times, keeping the promise to her father who died in Auschwitz to live and "let the world know." So, we all need to try to follow in her footsteps! We are working on it - thank you for joining us in the effort! Next July, I am excited to be going to New Zealand to take part in the Pacific Women's Indigenous Network (PACWin). Yeah!

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training locally, nationally, and internationallyMake a donation to help Stop the Silence this holiday season! We thank you for your support now and always along the way. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

There is SO much to do - it WILL take us ALL! It will take us all whether we work together or alone, but together is better. Join us in this movement! Join others! Read about what we're doing - and do join the movement!

Pam on panel - I know it
Pam on panel - I know it's serious, but GEESH!!
Panel members
Panel members
Pam and Rose Schindler at IVAT
Pam and Rose Schindler at IVAT
The crowd at IVAT
The crowd at IVAT
Pamela Pine and David Clohessy, Director of SNAP
Pamela Pine and David Clohessy, Director of SNAP
Great work, women awardees!
Great work, women awardees!
Trafficking display at Stop the Silence-UM-UMD
Trafficking display at Stop the Silence-UM-UMD

 

Long winter, short spring, and now, of course, it's STEAMY hot in the D.C. area. That doesn't stop us at Stop the Silence... Once upon a time, over 15 years ago, I knew nothing about child sexual abuse (it seems like a long time ago - it was a long time ago ;-) ). The knowledge I've gained has brought me into a whole new appreciation for the need for safety for children and about what that actually means and how hard it is sometimes to do. It has brought me to wonderful heights with wonderful, talented, amazing committed people; and to the depths of sadness over the reality of the situation, the inability to get enough done, or how hard sometimes it is to get that "not enough done" done! I move on...  

We have to move forward... What have we been up to? LOTS. 

In addition to gearing up for various types of upcoming training, we have also been providing symposiums and presentations for large and smaller audiences. We had about 200 people attend the University of Maryland Symposium on CSA and Trafficking this past April (see pics below). We showed parts of the film Flesh: Bought and Sold in the U.S.; talked about the relationships between Child Sexual Abuse, Trafficking, Prostitution, and Pornography; and provided internationally-recognized experts, like Cathy Royal, PhD, other speakers (myself included). We also provided a panel made up of people from local organizations, like Safe House of Hope, who have direct experience and extensive knowledge about CSA, trafficking and related issues. The symposium was a resounding success!

A set-up display event two weeks before the symposium helped raise awareness and educate students on campus about the critical nature of these issues by having student actors depict trafficked victims (see pics below), while other students provided a petition to sign that is specifically focused on bills that have recently come up for a vote in Congress. The students also provided information about the upcoming symposium identified above. Additionally these past months, Stop the Silence, Inc. staff continued providing presentations in classrooms to large and small groups about CSA prevention and mitigation. REALLY IMPORTANT WORK! These students are the next generation of parents and have a wide influence on their communities - now and in the future!

The Diamondback, the UMD paper, made this latest part of our program the front page story the next day, which then helped opened up further discussion with various UMD departments about presentations, classes, and more. You can read more about this and other aspects of Stop the Silence UMD programming on the Stop the Silence-University Movement Facebook page

Stop the Silence at Indiana University has moved forward with various events and the Club is gearing up for this coming Fall, with new leaders (as is UMD). 

We have also presented to the Department of Education and the Department of Social Services in Prince George's County, MD on the relationship between these issues, and we are now in discussion with them about further programming and training for the school system in Maryland. 

Internationally, I'm thrilled to say that the training that Stop the Silence did last winter in Cyprus with the Ministry of Education and Culture has really helped catalyze some wonderful results. They are currently in the process of completing the procedures and promoting the material and organizing the trainings for teachers and others across the education system in September. The leadership also 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. Stop the Silence has since, too, provided important information for the Ministry about the procedures in other countries' schools so that Cyprus can do the best they can to ensure a safe environment. We also have provided other, policy-related information. We expect additional training there and elsewhere to develop, e.g., we have been invited to New Zealand to do train there in 2016.

At the upcoming San Diego IVAT Conference in late August, I will be presenting new information about the growing Stop the Silence Art and Advocacy Program at the 20th Annual Summit and Training on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Across the Lifespan as well as conducting an in-person training for nannies in LA (stay tuned for more there). 

I continue to write - about CSA and why many survivors don't tell for long periods of time, if at all, for example (see attached) and the relationship to policies (e.g., 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 piece attached was in response to the reporting, finally, but sadly, of some horrendous happenings (see the Facebook Page, Justice for Catherine Cesnik and Joyce Malecki), the networking and research for and reporting of which was largely due to our very own Alan Horn (great job, Alan!!)

There's more, but I'll save some good stuff for next time. 

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training locally, nationally, and internationally. Make a donation to help Stop the Silence this holiday season! We thank you for your support now and always along the way. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

There is SO much to do - it WILL take us ALL! It will take us all whether we work together or alone, but together is better. Join us in this movement! Join others! Read about what we're doing - and do join the movement!

Thank you. No need to tell you to keep warm in these parts right now... So, keep well. Keep connected. Keep the peace and safety of you and others. 

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Stop the Silence

Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Audience at Symposium at UMD in April
Cathy Royal and Pam speaking at Symposium
Cathy Royal and Pam speaking at Symposium

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Matty and the gorgeous Alps
Matty and the gorgeous Alps

Hello, all!! Well, lots has happened this past Fall and as we've moved into this very chilly Winter on the East Coast in the U.S.

The Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse, a 10,000 mile walk to raise awareness on CSA lead by Matthew McVarish, Scottish actor, playwright, musician and activist, and the European Ambassador for Stop the Silence from 2011, ended very successfully on May 31, 2013 through February 7, 2015. The purpose of the program was to raise awareness and catalyze action about on child sexual abuse (CSA), build solidarity and partnerships between organizations and communities, support survivors, and influence social and political change by meeting with high level politicians, university departments, survivors, agencies, celebrities, and the media.

Stop the Silence was an important catalyst for RTC, and it and other organizations and companies, and many, many individuals supported the project along with a number of British Embassies, and, where possible, the British Ambassadors in each country have walked short distances with Matthew to show their support for the Road to Change (RTC). RTC attracted major media coverage with local, national and international TV, radio and print media, and reached millions across Europe with the message that we all need to help Stop the Silence. Information on the program was translated into numerous languages. Some journalists remarked that Matthew is the first male survivor they have interviewed who revealed he was sexually abused in his childhood. And, wonderfully, RTC is continuing to make a difference... Matt brought important information provided by Stop the Silence and his own important work forward on policy lelves and there is definitive movement along the lines of creating all-Europe change on the Statutes of Limitations through sweeping policy change. See pics attached, including Matthew obtaining an honorary doctorate due to the work done on this project. FANTASTIC! Sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to Matthew - I do not know anyone else who would have taken on this amazing effort - and his team! Congratulations to all who participated! (See original press release and pics attached as well as lots of other info on the RTC website.)

Additionally, during these past few months, there has been lots of progress at the University of Maryland-University Movement (check out the new UMD-University Movement Facebook page), at Indiana University and, with plenty of new collaboration budding in the Pacific and elsewhere as we move into the Spring. At UMD, we have great new interns. With Savannah at the helm of the Club, Sarah and Amy keepin' on keepin' on, now, too, Emily, Kristine, Dian and Kevin are doing wonderful work on university and community outreach, social media, and working on the development of new university programs.

So, some specifics about UMD-UM... As the Club has continued to grow, planning has been on-going for a major symposium in April 2015 at UMD that focuses on the relationships between CSA, trafficking, pornography and prostitution. We will be showing a film called Flesh: The Movie, which helps people understand more about these issues! Speakers from various organizations will be presenting to raise awareness. A set-up event two weeks before the symposium will help to raise that awareness and educate students on campus about the critical nature of these issues by having student actors depict trafficked victims, while other students provide a petition to sign that is specifically focused on a policy issue that will be in front on Congress (more details to follow). The students will also be letting people know about the upcoming symposium. Additionally these past months, Stop the Silence, Inc. staff continued providing presentations in classrooms to large and small groups about CSA prevention and mitigation. REALLY IMPORTANT WORK!

At the upcoming HawaiiI IVAT Conference in early April, I will be presenting the overall Stop the Silence Art as Advocacy Program at the 12th Annual International Hawaii Training Summit and also meeting with local groups to identify possible programming. Stay tuned for information on other, developing programs! If you want to bring the university program to a university near you, just send me a line: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. Make a donation to help Stop the Silence this holiday season! We thank you for your support now and always along the way. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

Thank you and keep WARM happy continued Winter and into the Spring!

Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Stop the Silence

The Original Key Partners of RTC
The Original Key Partners of RTC
Celebration of the RTC in February 2015
Celebration of the RTC in February 2015
Matty gets honorary doctorate for work!
Matty gets honorary doctorate for work!
Last day of RTC - what a crowd!
Last day of RTC - what a crowd!
Club members at UMD-UM 2015
Club members at UMD-UM 2015

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Screening poster for "Kelpie" at UMD
Screening poster for "Kelpie" at UMD

Happy Holidays! Today, I'd like to focus on the continued work going on through the universityies that we are doing at Stop the Silence.

At the University of Maryland, there has been some very nice progress on the Art as Advocacy front (see attached program description). In October, the UMD Stop the Silence Universtiy Movement and Stop the Silence, Inc. hosted a screening of To Kill A Kelpie, written by Matthew McVarish and Directed/Produced by Edward M. Smith, and a presentation and a panel discussion. The panel consisted of Matt Sandusky (the adopted son of Coach Jerry Sandusky, Matt S. now goes by the last name of Davidson); Mike Deninger, a licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and a member of the Board of MaleSurvivor; and Becky Plumly Ianni from Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. See attached pics!

Stop the Silence, Inc. staff continued providing presentations in classrooms to large and small groups on CSA prevention and mitigation (thank you to Doly and Slyvia from Global Giving for visiting to view one of these presentations this past October and for their input at that time and thereafter) using the shorter films available to Stop the Silence like Chase Tarca's Devil in the Doorway. (Thank you to Doly and Slyvia from Global Giving for visiting to view one of these presentations this past October and for their input at that time and thereafter.)

Our wonderful current interns, Amy, Savannah, and Sarah, and other Stop the Silence Unviersity Movement Club members at UMD and volunteers have been instrumental at forwarding this work at UMD and elsewhere to forward the work of the Club and of Stop the Silence. We are gearing up for the Spring UMD program (a major syposium, awareness-raising events, and educational outreach), and for the Spring program at Stop the Silence at Indiana University 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: pamelajpine@gmail.com.

On the Art as Advocacy 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 the work at the universities, for example (like the connection between the screening/presentations), through interim outcomes (and increased awareness and understanding and action), 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. We presented this information at the upcoming 19th Annual Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT) Conference in early September, and I will be further presenting the overall program at the IVAT Hawaii Conference in April of 2015.

Please continue to help support the work that we do in advocacy, community outreach, education, program development and training. Make a donation to help Stop the Silence this holiday season! We thank you for your support now and always along the way. And, you can click the following link to make a donation now.  

Thank you and have a happy Fall!


The Stop the Silence Team

Art as Advocacy Panel at UMD, Oct. 2014
Art as Advocacy Panel at UMD, Oct. 2014

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Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

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