May 25, 2008
I have been working in international health and development for 30 years, and have worked throughout the world with a primary focus on women and children. In 2000, as a result of what I was learning about the extent and impact of child sexual abuse (CSA), I with the help of many began work to raise awareness about it. We acted as a collective until 2004, when I incorporated Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence, www.stopcsa.org). The Mission of Stop the Silence is to expose and stop CSA and help survivors heal worldwide. Our overarching Goals are to: 1) help stop child sexual abuse (CSA) and related forms of violence; 2) promote healing of victims and survivors; and 3) celebrate the lives of those healed. Through our work, we aim to address the relationships between CSA and the broader issues of overall family and community violence, and violence within and between communities. We work on the comprehensive prevention and treatment of CSA through seven areas: 1) support for direct services, 2) advocacy; 3) community education and outreach; 4) training of service providers; 5) policy development; 6) offender issues; 7) research and evaluation. Come to visit us on the Web (www.stopcsa.org) and take part in 's International Race to Stop the Silence (www.stopcsa.org/Race) on April 13, 2008 (fifth international) in Washington, D.C. It's a great event and captures lots of media attention. We hope to see you there!