What a great cause and great group of knowledgeable volunteers! Importantly, they spend the money where it counts... making an impact in the field!
I have been with the PLF since 2007, I have watched it grow from infancy to what it is today. I am so proud of what Barbara Ochoa and the board and volunteers have accomplished Please Go to help4guys.org for more information.
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.
We aspire to end the anonymity of child sexual predators and to prevent future abuse through intellect, logic and virtue.
What do we do?
Child Abuse EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
The P. Luna Foundation is an excellent organization that is working to help raise awareness about an issue that isn't touched upon very often: male abuse. All humans can be the subject of abuse, no matter gender, age, beliefs, race, or anything else, and I think it's wonderful to see someone tackling an issue that most don't think about. Petra Luna--Barbara--is passionate and caring, and continues to fight against male, despite opposition. It's an impressive thing she's doing, and I'm happy to be a part of it.
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.
My name is John Miller. I have been an online volunteer for the P.Luna Foundation, since mid-2013. My duties include maintaining the PLF pages, on Google+ and Youtube. Prior to this, I had been a follower of the PLF since the early days, on Myspace. The P.Luna Foundation is an organisation that I have much respect, regard and appreciation for.
The PLF is a wonderful organization, dedicated to fighting abuse in all its forms, with an emphasis on assisting male survivors of abuse, an area of abuse that has been neglected and ignored, for far too long. The PLF fights child abuse by educating and guiding survivors of abuse to local help services, aiding law enforcement, and building awareness about the growing epidemic of child abuse, in our society. During 1st December - 8th December, we hold Male Abuse Awareness Week.
On Google+, we have an ever growing world-wide following of friends and supporters. The PLF also operates on Facebook, along with several other social networking sites.
i am a survivor of sex abuse i was raped by a man when iwas 7 in the bronx new york i remained silent and sick for over 40years i broke the silence i got help iam sober over 11 years iam 55 i have been in group for survivors there is a great book it helped me its called beyond the darkness linda kurbetin its for sex abuse recovery ialso have my book it came out in january of2012 the bronx street kid into 12 step recovery i bless all with peace love and harmony firstname.lastname@example.org
I also volunteer at the PLF. I admin PLF’s Facebook page: Male Abuse Awareness Week, Dec. 1-8. We aid survivors with information on where to get help, information on abuse, and survival, as well as shed light on the issue and its effects. Our first commitment is to the victims and survivors of abuse and helping them find the answers they are looking for. This is bigger than any one person’s own hurt feelings. This is about a problem that exists for 1 out of every 6 males. I am proud of the work we do helping survivors and fighting child abuse. From the time I started, I was told this is a war on abuse. In any war the front lines are usually the most challenged and this is no different. If we have caused uproar then so be it. The louder the roar the more likely someone is to hear it.
Stop the cycle.
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.
The PLF mission is to make a difference for one abused child today, prevent one from being abused tomorrow, and make sure the world knows when our system fails to protect our children.
The PLF is a wonderful organization, dedicated to fighting abuse in all its forms. As a long-time volunteer and friend of the Petra Luna, I can honestly say I've never met somebody quite as dedicated to the cause fighting the war on abuse as she is and it shows within the organization itself. The PLF works to spread awareness, to educate and to prevent child abuse and I feel blessed to be a part of this organization.
Child abuse is a growing issue, that has more and more prominence in public. Yet there is little done about actually protecting our children. Many other child activist groups are awareness campaigns. While that is great, the P. Luna Foundation goes much beyond that. the PLF now offers support groups for male abuse victims as well as sponsors many different aspects that deal with helping children and families deal with abuse issues.
Before the founding of the P Luna Foundation, Petra saw a need - a need to help those who have no paid lobbyists, no direct defenders, no protections - children and adult victims of abuse.
From Megan's Law, April's Law, and other advocate work, Petra continued on - expanding one activist's war against abuse on a simple social network.
I watched as the P Luna Foundation expanded to include key speakers, specialists, communications assistants,therapists, business associates, law enforcement officers, scientists, survivors - and other people of every walk of life and collaborating with other organizations with the single-minded goal to end abuse.
I not only watched these things form - I now volunteer.