Scene from To Kill A Kelpie
Hello, everyone! Stop the Silence has had SUCH an exciting Spring! In addition to the work that we do on an on-going basis (the health fairs, school outreach, training, media advocacy, etc.), two programs had great success. We're thrilled to be able to share our news with you.
Important and Impactful Stop the Silence Spring 2011 Programming
1. To Kill A Kelpie, the Stop the Silence-inspired, Scottish-born play by playwright Matthew McVarish, had a WONDERFUL U.S. tour in April (San Francisco, Chicago, and D.C.) that was supported by the U.S. Government's office of Health and Human Services (HHS, www.hhs.gov) and Adam and Partners Investment Advisors (http://adampts.com/swf/NavMenu.swf). At the end of each play, we had a very lively question/answer and discussion period. The play has it's own Web site, where you can learn more about it: www.ToKillAKelpie.com (and which we'll update to keep information about the use of the play flowing). I'm including below and also attaching some general and evaluation information about the play. Do check out the information attached -- it's wonderful stuff!
Here are a couple of examples of outcomes: a) while nearly a third of all respondents identified their CSA knowledge as “minimal” or “moderate” before seeing the play and taking part in the discussion, 0% (none), identified their level as “minimal” after the play/discussion; 8% identified their knowledge as “moderate” after the play/discussion having moved to other, higher levels; and those identifying their knowledge as “Good,” “V. Good,” or “Excellent,” increased from 69% to 92%! b) Additionally, results showed that 65% of respondents thought that the play/discussion helped them understand “a good deal” or “a great deal” what the community can do, and another 18% thought that the program helped them to understand “moderately” more about what the community can do. Comments indicated that many people intended to do something concrete about CSA prevention and treatment.
The play impacted audiences a great deal across the U.S. and also had an unexpected impact on yours truly -- it just grabbed me at my core! The actors, Matthew McVarish (who is also the playwright) and Allan Linsay; Jacob Wilkins, Production Manager; and Lauren Graham, the Stage Manager, were more than fantastic to work with and made this production sing. The involvement of community groups in each location was wonderful. Members of the audience in every venue felt inspired and safe enough to share their own histories -- with strangers! PBS, which as I reported last time, has approached us about doing a documentary about Stop the Silence, filmed one of the productions in DC and we hope that we'll be able to generate the underwriting needed to get the rest of the filming going soon (so, if you know any companies that would like really great, national recognition for that, please do let me know!)
I am going to Scotland this July -- a great place for a vacation, yes, but it's also the home of Sandra Brown, OBE, Founder and ED of the Moira Anderson Foundation (http://www.moiraanderson.org/) and members of her Board, with whom I will be meeting. The MAF helped provide support for the initial writing of Kelpie. There are plans afloat for Stop the Silence and Moira Anderson to partner on global programming. How exciting!
Matt is help kicking this off at the end June 2011 with a walk from Span to France to raise funds through Global Giving!! Please help us get that going by making a tax deductible contribution that will support the work of the partnership -- and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to also give through Global Giving.
2. The Seventh Annual Race to Stop the Silence. There were over 1200 registrants this year at the Race, which took place on April 23, 2011 in downtown Washington, D.C. -- right at the heart of the city. Runners ran right into the face of the Capitol and past the Department of Justice -- how apropos! The Race is great at not only getting people out but getting them activated and also generating lots of media. This year, PBS, as well as WTOP (THE drive-time and major news station in DC) were there. Leading up to the Race, Women's Calendar/Women's Radio, WPFW, and ClearChannel Radio did interviews, and many others provided information as well. We have HUNDREDS of pics available for viewing. See the link below. They're great!. We're already gearing up for 2012!
Other Important News
- Our Board has grown and continues to. In addition to individuals with important skills that we need, and representation from survivors, we have been diligently recruiting representation of those with major foundation and corporate experience and reach to help put Stop the Silence on even firmer footing. We'll have all of the updated Board information up on the Stop the Silence Web site soon.
- We are going into a major strategy planning process over the summer months, and mapping out the short-, medium- and long-term plans of the organization with great pro-bono support from the acclaimed Raben Group (http://www.rabengroup.com/) in Washington, D.C. A BIG thank you to Robert Raben and his team!!
We Continue to Need Your Help!!
Unless societies throughout the world can face and address CSA, it will not be stopped. This year, we've continued to provide information to prevent CSA through classrooms, and community venues and events, and offer survivors and supporters a means to share information and healing directly through safe, creative and accessible venues. We bring CSA out of the shadows and into the light worldwide by providing a safe way for survivors to share their thoughts and experiences and reach others with such important information. Please help us continue to do this important work by making a tax-deductible donation now through our safe Global Giving page.
We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!
Thank you all!!