I have been in awe since first starting to work with this organization - first as a volunteer linked to the first "Race to Stop the Silence" to my present role as chair of the Board of Directors. The drive, commitment and compassion of all who work with this organization - from its founder, Dr. Pamela Pine, to volunteers and experts at events, is something I have rarely seen in non-profit work. Stop the Silence has helped to create a save space for survivors of child sexual abuse to find voice and comfort as well as be a critical resource to advance public understanding and institutional commitment and response to mitigate the harmful impacts of such abuse. Having worked on the inside, as a board member, I have also been aware of how much has been done with few financial resources - again inspired by the commitment and dedication of all who become involved with STS.
I first worked with Stop the Silence while President of another child protection non-profit and was immediately impressed with the quality of programming and zeal this organization possesses. It developed a remarkable resource for judges to help educate them on child abuse and the law. More recently it has found new and creative ways to engage people in the cause and of course continues to put on the Race to Stop the Silence.
I was amazed at the impact Stop the Silence Stop Child Sexual Abuse had on me when I saw the play, "To Kill A Kelpie". This is such important work that needs to be done on a large scale, and this could be an excellent vehicle to do just that. After the play, Pam conducted a discussion that was immensely powerful. Several survivors spoke, one I am certain for the first time publicly. Very powerful.
I am also involved in another group trying to bring light to this sadly secret problem and am shocked at the depth and complexity of this problem. I am also amazed at the lack of awareness on behalf of the general public.
I cannot believe we allow our children to suffer in silence while this horror continues. This issue desperately needs to reach every adult so we can protect our precious children.
We hear so many story about children being abused in so many ways that it creates within you a spirit that needs to protect our most valuable assets...our children! Stop the Silence has that spirit. This organization has reached far and wide to do all it can to bring awareness, supply resources and bring together people that share this same spirit. I recently participated in and volunteer for the 5k race. Many people were in attendance. It was a huge success and only spoke volumns of the reach this organization has. I am a board member and proud to serve with such awesome people who have the dedication that is needed to see this organization through.
We, as a country, are fortunate to have the Stop the SIlence organization. Nowhere will you find people that are more passionate about ending child sexual abuse. One of my favorite quotes about this subject is by Gavin DeBecker: "The solution to sexual violence in America is not more laws, more guns, more police, or more prisons. The solution to sexual violence is the acceptance of reality." Stop the Silence is working hard to encourage each one of us to accept the existence of sexual violence and empowering us on how to end it.
I was introduced to Stop the Silence about a year ago and I instantly knew that this was one of the most genuine non-profits I had ever been exposed to. I recently volunteered for the 5k Race to Stop the Silence and it was an awesome event! It gave child sexual abuse survivors the opportunity to share their stories and build a safe platform for others to come out about their experiences is well. While the entire morning was overcast and rainy that did not put a damper on the number of volunteers or participants. Stop the Silence is by far one of the best and most necessary Health non-profits!
Stop the Silence has been providing excellent services and material for many years. In a variety of avenues, advocacy, direct services, policy, education, etc., they have reached thousands of people both nationally and internationally addressing the issue of childhood sexual abuse. I would say that they are among the best in the field.
Stop the silence Stop Child Sexual Abuse is at the forfront of adressing the epidemic of child abuse and the shame that silences some of us survivors for decades. Raising awareness and changing CSA/rape to a talkable subject is the beginning of prevention. Silence protects the perpretrators and binds us to years of torment my own lasted 38 years. How I wish I'd found Pamela Pine back then my whole live would have been different. Her group needs global coverage her mission is that important not just to people like me but everybody needs to help stop the trauma and educate the masses so that so much harm can be prevented. I volunteered in Washington and I can't describe how nice it was for me to meet so many wholesome peole who wanted to make a difference for people like me who have suffered since the age of twelve from being raped. Now that I know someone cares and understands I can too. For the first time in my life I want to live thank goodness my two attempts at suicide failed. Having a group to connect with makes me not only want to live but I am also alive. I still cry when I think about what this group has done for me just by letting me volunteer and see the love that is real that comes out by the activities of Stop the Silence Stop Child Sexual Abuse.
I am a victim of child sexual abuse and found my "voice" after 40 years. Stop the Silence/Stop Child Sexual Abuse is an extraordinary "voice" across the globe to help our children: protect them and care for them by providing education, prevention and treatment options for both the abused and the abusers, past, present, future. Most of all, as a Board Member, I serve alongside other dedicated colleagues as an advocate - to embrace the most vulnerable in our midst - our young. Stop the Silence /Stop Child Sexual Abuse will expand and become a greater force on the world stage by having the benefit of more treasure - the generous philanthropy of those able and willing to give precious dollars in these unprecedented times. This organization is a "voice" , without question, that must become louder and louder in the years to come. Thank you. Mark Joseph Williams
I am a strong supporter of this organization because it tackles a very difficult problem that most people don't want to discuss. Their outreach, advocacy, and programs make a real impact for the lives of those served. I am impressed and inspired by their founder, Pam Pine, who works tirelessly to support and defend this plight of humanity.
Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse is leading efforts to break through the conspiracy of silence on the pandemic of needless and preventable child abuse that is occurring in our country and in our World. This year, Stop the Silence, helped produce a groundbreaking play called to Kill a Kelpie which showed to audiences in 3 cities. The show I attended was amazing as the audience was young/old; male/female; and from all racial groups---and all of us were transformed, informed, and reformed in our commitment to end child sexual abuse. Enough tears and fears, it is time to mobilize ourselves to create a culture and society where child sexual abuse is no longer hidden and no
Later this year, Stop the Silence held a 8K Run in downtown Washington, DC. Survivors were joined by their families and friends, and the broader communities, to publically show solidarity with this cause. That is a profound was of breaking the silence, and allowing healing to occur.
Stop The Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse is a young organization, and it needs to continue to grow and expand it's programs.
We can end child sexual abuse! We must end child sexual abuse! We much do this NOW!
I know the story of Stop the Silence very well as its founder, and I can tell you that those working with this organization have worked their hearts out providing wonderfully creative and impactful programming that has literally touched the world.
From the early days of the first Race to Stop the Silence (www.stopcsa.org/race) -- there have now been seven of them since 2004 that have generated global awareness, to the recent play To Kill A Kelpie (www.ToKillAKelpie.com), which was performed showing extremely positive outcomes in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., this organization has unfailingly both spread the message that we need to stop the silence about child sexual abuse, change our policies, provide help for the child and adult survivors, and PREVENT the abuse from happening in the first place, and provided the programming that helps accomplish these things. THIS IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION -- expect great things to come!!