The Road to Change Begins!
Hello, everyone! I hope everyone "Summered" well! We have some reporting out for you from the past months, and we want to tell you more about our two key programming fronts: 1) Stop the Silence's Art as Advocacy University and Community Program, written by Matthew McVarish and using the recently-finalized To Kill A Kelpie film Directed and Produced by Edward M. Smith, Matt's award-winning brother, and 2) the Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence, the 10,000 mile Walk conducted by Matthew to every single European Union nation (28 countries and 32 capital cities) - read on. But I also have other info to report. As usual, I have a CHALLENGE for you, which is near the bottom of the report!
1. Art as Advocacy University- and Community-based Programming with "Kelpie" update:
- As noted in the last report, Director Edward M. Smith has finished the film "To Kill A Kelpie," which has been pilot tested at four universities (Cornell, George Washington, Emory, and Indiana), the Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, at ArtSpace near the National Theatre in London, and now in Luxembourg. See the trailer (developed by Amanda Thomson - thank you!!) of the film, script by Matthew McVarish, directed/produced by Edward M. Smith, click here.
- It is also being screened by Matthew McVarish with the aftershow presentation and involvement of community-based and other groups across Europe.
- It has been shown to produce the same results as the play: increased awareness, knowledge, intent to act
- We are in the process of marketing it to communitites across the U.S., along with the model (after-show presentation/discussion, panel, follow-on community-based programming, training)!
- Contact me and Matt if you want to bring it to your university/town in the U.S:, EU, or anywhere else!: email@example.com (also copy me here: firstname.lastname@example.org), and email@example.com.
2. The Road to Change - Walk to Stop the Silence update:
- As also reported last time, on May 31, 2013, Matthew McVarish, European Ambassador to Stop the Silence, and playwright, actor, musician and activist, began the Road to Change: Walk to Stop the Silence, a 10,000 mile walk, bringing information to EVERY EUROPEAN UNION (EU) CAPITAL (29 countries and 32 capital cities). RTC will continue through approximately February of 2015.
- The 10,000 Mile Walk to Stop the Silence includes media outreach, networking with relevant organizations, discussions with policymakers on age of consent and statute of limitations, development of networking products, and more.
- The aim is to increase awareness and catalyze change across Europe on the issue of child sexual abuse, focusing the policy information on age of consent and the statute of limitations.
- We have seen real and anecdotal change already on various levels: One women noted her intention as a result of Matt and the RTC to begin researching her own healing and press charges against offender; NGOs are networking; countries are investigating their laws, particularly in the ares of age of consent and the statutes of limitations. We are looking into how to change laws across EU in one fell swoop with a petition from at least seven countries with 1 million signatures from EU citizens. And major media in each country. Click here for a sampling from the Luxembourg Campaigner!
- Matt is currently on his way to Sweden after recently leaving Copenhagen. GO MATT!!! Incredible! He has been to:
London, left May 31, 2013
Paris June 10th to June 18th
Luxembourg June 28th to July 4th
Brussels July 10th to July 16th
Amsterdam July 22nd to July 28th
Berlin August 16th to August 22nd
Copenhagen September 1st to September 7th
3. Various Races to Stop the Silence - we'll update this information on dcrace.org and other sites. Stay tuned.
4. The 34th Annual Redskins Alumni Charity Golf Tournament, at the prestigious Army Navy Golf Club in Arlington, VA, primarily benefitting Stop the Silence, was a great success!
This was the 34th year for the Washington Redskins Charity Golf Classic. This year, the Washington Redskins Alumni Association primarily supported “Stop the Silence” (www.stopcsa.org) as their primary charity. This year the Classic was held at the exclusive Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. There were 20 Teams participating, a good and not-too-scorching day for the event, a wonderful silent auction, a great meal, and a good time for all. Important funds were raised by the event for the work that we do! Yeah, Redskins Alumni! I'm a fan for life!
4. A BIG THANKS to The Nanny League for their efforts to help Stop the Silence. Go to: Nanny League Give Forward STS fundraising page. And also please visit: The Nanncy League on Facebook, and Nanny League Facebook Event.
We Continue to Need Your Help! Here's the Challenge... Help us raise $10,000 by the end of the end of the year - ask your friends, colleagues and family to help!
Understandably, we're currently raising funds on these fronts:
- University/Community-based programming (in conjunction with university and community-based groups).
- Matt's Big Walk
If you can see your way to making on-going, monthly donations of whatever you can afford, that sure would help! Ask your friends, colleagues and family to raise funds. All donations are tax-deductible through our safe GlobalGiving page. See our website (www.stopcsa.org) for other fundraising mechanisms.
We really need you. If we all do a little, we can do a lot!!
Thank you all!!
Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder/Director, Stop the Silence