P Luna Foundation
Rating: 4.55 stars 11 reviews
Location: 5334 Lindley Ave. Suite 136, Encino, CA, 91316 P. O. Box 523 San Bruno CA 94066 USA
Results: Giving abused males a voice is helping. We have all seen the evidence that males are now more comfortable than ever to speak out about being victims of child abuse. Fortunately, when celebrities speak out, it gives courage to others. This the last 2 years actor/comedian Darrell Hammond came forward and gave his testimony of child sexual abuse. Michael Reagan (Ronald Reagan’s son), a survivor of child sexual abuse, resurfaced as a contributor to many news outlets regarding the high-profile Jerry Sandusky case at Pennsylvania State University, a case where our cause received wide-spread media attention and an astonishing number of victims came forward to testify against their abuser. The stigma of being a sexually or even physically abused male no longer holds as much power over victims as it did in the past. More men are coming forward and this cause is having a legal and cultural impact as well. In 2013 actress Emma Roberts was arrested for Domestic Violence against her boyfriend Evan Peters and the US Defense Department performed an anonymous sexual abuse survey of service men and women that stated the victims of sex assaults in military are mostly men. However, breaking the taboo of silence for these guys remains a challenge. According to experts in the field, 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before his 16th birthday; millions more will be the victims of physical, emotional abuse and neglect.
Target demographics: Male Victims of Child Abuse
Geographic areas served: California and Online
Programs: The Male Abuse Awareness Week Awareness Campaign & the Male Abuse Awareness Website Male Abuse Awareness Week is an awareness campaign held every year from Dec 1st through 8th and the website is the extension of that program. It is a program dedicated to the special needs of young boys and men who have been abused, in an attempt to stop these young males from growing up to abuse others and repeat the cycle of abuse. For more info see help4guys.org A Thriving Volunteer Program to help Abuse Victims Most therapists suggest that victims and survivors of abuse, “Do something for their cause.” Why? Because it makes them feel better about their own situation when helping others. We supplement counseling with an active Volunteer Program that gives these special individuals a vehicle to do something good for their cause, in the safety of their own homes.
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I have known Petra Luna for more than 5 years. There is no one more passionate and dedicated to fighting child abuse, particularly abuse of little boys. Her foundation provides education about male child abuse, something which the public is mostly unaware of, largely through the annual male abuse awareness week. It has compiled resources to help victims cope with and overcome the effects of their abuse, thereby breaking the cycle and preventing them from becoming abusers themselves. The P Luna Foundation encourages victims of abuse to come forward, deal with it and provides resources and guidance to help them do this. I know of no other charity which is focused on this important issue in our society.
I began volunteer work with the PLF in late 2005. We were an activist group at that time led by singer Petra Luna. We relied tremendously on the internet (mainly around 100 MySpace sites) to spread awareness about the various types of abuse. Our main focus was ferreting out active sexual predators using the internet. During 2008, two things happened:
1) The internet vastly changed, spurred forward by technology and thus the PLF had to adapt. New social online venues were emerging and MySpace was becoming stale. Face Book, Twitter, etc were becoming the new sites to use for our foundation.
2) The PLF had become a legitimate 501c3 Foundation. Petra was attending tedious courses on how to establish and run a 501c3.
The PLF is now also focusing more on abused males and generating awareness of their silent suffering and plight. Below is the PLF mission statement:
"The P. Luna Foundation fights child abuse by creating innovative programs to educate, aid law enforcement, and build awareness about the growing epidemic of child abuse and exploitation with an emphasis on young males who have been abused."
Social mores say abused males should "snap out of it," and "be a man." This has created a closely guarded, "don't ask, don't tell," code within society. The PLF is now focusing on breaking the code and cycle of sexually abused males. Sexually abused males need therapy but rarely get it. Many go on to to become addicts and abusers, themselves, when they become adults.
The PLF recognizes the plight of abused males through Male Abuse Awareness Week (Dec 1-8). The PLF has developed a caricature called "MAA," named for Male Abuse Awareness. The MAA caricature is an anime-styled male child figure with an "X," over one eye, symbolizing a black eye, and tape over the mouth symbolizing silence under societal duress. The MAA caricature is exclusive to the PLF and can be placed on a doll, T-Shirt, or coffee mug to be sold for funds for the PLF. This has already been put in place.
The PLF is also starting therapy sessions for sexually abused males.
These sessions are costly and the money for them comes out of PLF Funds. It is hoped that, in time, the PLF can get even more therapy for sexually abused males.
The PLF is operating now on Facebook sites along with several other internet sites. The official site is www.plunafounation.org. Within the main site is help4guys.org.
We shall continue to persevere with education, awareness, and prevention of violent sexual acts against male children and continue to adapt our cause with the internet as new social media is introduced. The PLF will continue to expand nurturing programs offline as well. I have been very proud to be a volunteer of the PLF.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I have been able to unleash repressed memories of things that have happened to me as a child and deal with them on an adult level.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I do not see a need for any changes at this time
How did you learn about this organization?
Through a political organization
What is this organization's top short-term priority?
Generating awareness about male abuse/sexual abuse, and trying to find ways to address the problem. Also getting abused males to break the silence and urge them to seek counseling.
What is its top priority in the long run?
Addressing Male Abuse
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