OUR PROGRAMS AND SERVICESMedia & Other Advocacy
Stop the Silence uses the Race to Stop the Silence and the media (television, radio, press, internet) to catalyze public awareness and social change. Major campaigns run each year, in the spring (before the race in April every year) and other campaigns run throughout the year. The campaigns have reached millions through TV, radio, and the press with most media time donated.
Art as Advocacy Program
“To Kill a Kelpie” is a play written to raise awareness for an epidemic that knows no boundaries and reaches victims on a global scale. Child sexual abuse, in the United States alone, is an act of violence that affects one-third of girls and one-sixth of boys by the time they are 18 years old. With such radical statistics, playwright Matthew McVarish wrote this work as a call-to-action piece, to raise awareness for the issue and motivate audiences to stop the silence of child sexual abuse. UKTheatre.net writes “For many, this may be a subject that seems taboo, but with the full backing of the Moira Anderson Foundation, Matthew has created a play that not only provokes thought, but also gives the audience an extremely satisfying night of theatre.”
The play offers audiences a fly-on-the-wall perspective of an intimate, heartbreaking, but inspirational story of twin brothers, Doughal and Fin, who reunite to deal with the recent loss of their abuser. The story unravels the deeply-rooted emotional instability that has knowingly and unknowingly plagued their lives as victims. For the first time, they are able to end their own silence and discuss the monsters from their childhood.
“To Kill A Kelpie,” inspired by Stop the Silence, Scottish-born play by playwright Matthew McVarish (www.ToKillAKelpie.com) made its first United States tour in 2011 stopping in New York City (Off Broadway), San Diego, and several other cities. The film version is currently being completed, but has already been shown at several major universities across the country. This, and other art as advocacy products, are available nationally for others to use to raise awareness and support community outreach efforts.
Service Provider Training
Stop the Silence has been conducting training for police officers, community-based organizations, and leaders in corporate, governmental, and health organizations since its inception. This training has provided important background and clinical information, as well as created linkages between counseling, legal, and judicial programming.
Community Education & Outreach
Stop the Silence is reaching out in partnership with community- and faith-based organizations, as well as schools and public offices. Its goal is to educate audiences about the epidemic proportions of child sexual abuse, its root causes, its impact, how to recognize possible signs and symptoms, and, most importantly, what can be done by the public and policy makers to stop it.
National Children's Bench Book (NCBB) Project
The Bench Book is a critical information tool for judges and other professionals to use as they address child sexual abuse and maltreatment cases. The NCBB aims to help the courts and related personnel best deal with the cases brought before them. Stop the Silence looks to bring training to judges and other court-related personnel throughout the nation based on its successful national pilot training in 9/08 supported by the Department of Justice.
Stop the Silence promotes survivors’ groups and information for them with populations all over the world in collaboration with The Lamplighters and others.