Scene from To Kill A Kelpie
Hello, everyone... Time for a Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse update! There's SOOO much that's been going on as we focus on Awareness, Prevention and Healing! I'll summarize it, and also invite you to check out the the links below as there's lots of additional, really interesting within those. Also, I have a CHALLENGE for you -- an important one! Read on -- the Challenge info is toward the bottom.
1. Here are some of the activities that we've been up to this Spring - and what's happening over the next few months!:
- We not only brought To Kill a Kelpie back to the U.S., but brought it to none other than Off-Broadway in NYC (OMG!) with support from the prestigious organization of Creative Scotland, which, like our National Endowment for the Arts, is the government entity that funds a large body of highly promising and creative programs of merit. The experience was wonderful and invaluable and the feedback from the audience was excellent.
- The eighth annual international Race to Stop the Silence followed on the heals of Kelpie in NYC, and, as usual, the Race was INCREDIBLE, with about 1,000 registered, a picture-perfect day, wonderful prizes, great food, great press, etc. etc. etc. Pics of the Race are here (if you open up this as soon as you get it, not all the pics will be up yet, but a lot are and the rest will be soon): The 9th annual Race is set for Sunday, April 14, 2013 (put it on your calendars)!
- This coming September 2012, "Kelpie" returns to San Diego, at the 17th annual Institute for Violence Abuse and Trauma Conference (IVAT) Conference, which will be our national kick-off for the use of the play by others across the U.S. and internationally, through the stage or movie (see directly below) versions.
- Since Matthew McVarish (the "Kelpie" playwright and actor) will here anyhoo in September 2012, over the next few months, we're going to be working on booking the brand new To Kill A Kelpie MOVIE (currently in the works and completed by July 2012) and after-show discussions with Matt and me at 5 universities in the U.S., to raise awareness and help catalyze action on university campuses. If you want to be the first on YOUR block (so to speak) to have the movie shown at university or alma mater, get in touch with me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Paul Zeitz, Special Advisor to Stop the Silence, and I wrote and are moving forward with an internationally-oriented Child Sex Abuse (CSA) Free Zone Campaign (CSA Free Zone Campaign), which intends to catalyze and help sustain positive outcomes through a comprehensive approach that accelerates public awareness and education programs and simultaneously pushes forward reform and systemic change to address the factors that contribute to child sexual abuse, as well as the pervasive impact of violence on individuals and on communities. You'll be hearing more and more about this and the tactics that we'll use as a part of it as the months go by.
2. Teacher Training Petition. In response to the Penn State and Syracuse, and other, recent (and not-so-recent scandals, Stop the Silence took up a petition to urge the U.S. Congress to mandate training for teachers and other school related personnel so that they can understand and recognize child sexual abuse. We had set the goal originally at 10,000 signatures, but that was so quickly obtained that we raised the goal and then raised it and raised it again. A this writing, there are just under 80,000 signatures and the names of all those from the U.S. continue to be sent to Congress this coming week. We invite you to add your names to the list.
3. As I reported last time, Stop the Silence is heavily involved with the Stop Abuse Campaign. Read about the Campaign and take the pledge -- we will all benefit!
Some plans for the upcoming years:
- Starting in the summer of 2013, Matthew McVarish will be conducting the "10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence" to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CITY. The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence will include media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on specific points of policy and policy change, and more. (Matt raised nearly $3,000 for Stop the Silence and the Moira Anderson Foundation in 2011 by walking from France to Spain. You can read all about his harrowing and hysterically-told tale from the 2011 walk in his blog.)
- We are planning LOTS more showings of the "Kelpie" movie in 2012 and beyond with after-screening discussions with each audience. Awareness raising and community mobilization efforts before and as a part of the program are a part of this effort.
- In 2016, it's time for a ROAD TRIP! Stop the Silence is planning a 50-state tour to bring messages of Awareness, Prevention, and Healing to all 50 states. We'll be reaching out to organizations present in each state, and looking for a couple of highly motivated and skilled individuals ("Sparks") in each state to help us plan and catalyze action. We'll keep you posted!
We Continue to Need Your Help!! Here's the Challenge...
We're currently raising funds to make sure all costs associated with the international kickoff for "Kelpie" in San Diego are covered. In the next four months, we need to raise $30,000. I'm asking for your help in raising $10,000 between now and August 31, 2012 -- and more if you can help us swing it (give whatever you can each month, ask your friends and family to donate, etc.) All donations are tax-deductible through our safe Global Giving page.
We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!
Thank you all!!
Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder, Stop the Silence
Race to Stop the Silence - GO!!