My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Help4Guys.org (formerly P LUNA FOUNDATION), San Bruno, CA, USA
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
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?