Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Greek Order of Sororities and Fraternities,
It is an honor and a privilege to address the esteemed and respected members of the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC); The National Panhellenic Conference (NPC); The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC); The Divine Nine; The National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO); The National APIA Panhellenic Association (NAPA); The National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC); The National Interfraternity Music Council (NIMC); The United Council of Christian Fraternities & Sororities (UCCFS); The National American Greek Council (NAGC); The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS); The Puerto Rican Interfraternity Council of Florida (CIPFI); And the Professional Fraternity Association (PFA).
My name is Piper Dellums. I am a proud third generation member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Rho Chapter- University of California at Berkeley 1988. I am a UN Delegate (CSW 58 Commission on the Status of Women), Entertainment Executive, Public Speaker, Victims Advocate, Author, Filmmaker, mother and survivor, and like all of you, I have continued to carry the torch of community activism, philanthropy, integrity and commitment-to-excellence as is a part of our code of ethics, membership and responsibility.
I come to you today as a sister, a soror, a voice crying in the darkness and the International Ambassador for the organization Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence,www.stopthesilence.org), an international organization that focuses on the prevention and eradication of all forms of child sexual abuse (CSA), including child exploitation and trafficking. (Read more…)
What is Stop the Silence?
Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (Stop the Silence, www.stopthesilence.org) is a non-profit, charitable (501-c-3) organization with a mission to expose and stop all forms of child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide.
What does Stop the Silence do?
Stop the Silence conducts various types of creative and informative programming shown to work that brings awareness, prevention and healing activities to large groups. Some examples are:
- Various Races and Walks to Stop the Silence, in the U.S., Europe and other countries, alone (e.g., with Survivors Healing Center in California) and in partnership with others (e.g., Students Ending Slavery in their Glow Run at the University of Maryland).
- Major awareness-raising mass and social media outreach in the U.S. and overseas
- University Art as Advocacy Programming (symposiums, events, educational outreach, training) and Clubs and other community-based programming in places like CA, DC, IL, IN, NY, Europe, Kenya, South Africa, and other areas
- Assistance to trafficking programs helping survivors, e.g., Safe House of Hope, Baltimore
- Guest speakers at UMD such as Matt Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son
- Partnered with the UMD club
Who is Stop the Silence affiliated with?
Stop the Silence is a part of numerous groups and movements addressing child sexual abuse including trafficking like the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV) and helps form campus-based programming, e.g., Stop the Silence at Indiana University, Stop the Silence-University Movement at the University of Maryland.
What are human rights?
The United Nations states: “Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible. Universal human rights are often expressed and guaranteed by law, in the forms of treaties, customary international law , general principles and other sources of international law. International human rights law lays down obligations of Governments to act in certain ways or to refrain from certain acts, in order to promote and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of individuals or groups.” (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/WhatareHumanRights.aspx, accessed on May 17, 2015).
What is CSA?
CSA occurs when a child is engaged in sexual activities that the child cannot comprehend, for which the child is developmentally unprepared and cannot give consent, and/or that violate the law or social taboos of society and which often take place on an increasing continuum of abuse. Child sexual abuse is:
- Voyeurism – deriving sexual pleasure by watching someone do something, e.g., undress
- Exhibitionism – showing nude parts of your own body to a child
- Inappropriate touching, rubbing, brushing or fondling
- Taking sexually explicit photos of a child and/or showing pornography to a child
- Insertion of objects into children’s body cavities, oral or anal sex, rape
How is human trafficking equated to CSA?
Child sexual abuse manifests in many ways, both physically and psychologically. Physical manifestations include:
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Unwanted Pregnancy
- Self-harm (cutting, suicide attempts)
- Physical aggression
- Chronic Disease
Psychological / Sociological manifestations include:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Multiple Personality and other Personality Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Social Withdraw
- Substance Abuse
- Continuing the cycle of abuse
Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people across state and/or international borders for the use of forced labor or the commercial sex trade industry. Human trafficking has been reported in all 50 states. Human trafficking has occurred on every continent in the world.
The “targeted” child is often the vulnerable child – either psychologically or physically. The child who can be manipulated and “bought” due to need (food) or neglect (lack of basic care). The isolated or shy child. The simple answer is: The level of fear, shame, manipulation and distrust that manifest as a result of an offender’s handling of the child controls that child. The child does not know what to do. When children are vulnerable, they can wind up on the streets and in future detrimental and violence relationships due to psychological trauma and boundary issues. Then, the adult child holds the secret.
What is Stop the Silence doing to stop CSA and Human Trafficking?
We are working, through ours and others’ programs, with universities and with many anti-trafficking and other groups to bring awareness, help others recognize the precursors to trafficking, understand the signs and symptoms, understand the policy implications, work to change policies, and help support healing.
Where is Stop the Silence located?
Stop the Silence has its home office right outside of Washington, D.C.
Who has Stop the Silence reached?
Stop the Silence has reached millions of people across the world with information, education, and training through its programming.
Why should our Sorority/Fraternity be involved?
While the majority of fraternity members do not commit sexual assault, they are three times as likely as nonmembers, according to a 2007 study authored by Foubert, which was later backed up by two subsequent studies. Other research on the issue, however, is mixed.
A recent review by United Educators, a risk management and insurance firm, of 305 sexual assault reports on college campuses from 2011 to 2014 found that about 13 percent of the gang rapes reported in the study were committed by fraternity members, and 24 percent of repeat offenders of sexual assault were reported as fraternity members. Overall, about 10 percent of perpetrators are fraternity members, according to the United Educators study. Fraternity members account for about 9 percent of the total student population.
Our program will help the Greek societies understand and get hold of the situation in an informed and straightforward way to prevent further attacks and help restore the good name of the Greek systems.
What Universities/Colleges have Stop the Silence worked with?
We have worked with: Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University, University of Maryland, George Washington University, Alliant University,
Is Stop the Silence effective?
We evaluate our programming. It has been shown over and over again to be highly effective in changing awareness, understanding and intent to act.
How much are Stop the Silence staff paid?
Stop the Silence works largely through pro-bono efforts. We pay consultants on a case-by-case basis to provide important input and activities.
Where does Stop the Silence get its information?
From major researchers and highly reputable institutions.
Who funds Stop the Silence?
Stop the Silence has received funds from individuals, the government (e.g., Department of Justice, Health and Human Services), foundations (e.g., Ford Foundation, Ms. Foundation), corporations (e.g., Coca-Cola, Pepsi Cola). It’s primary support currently comes from foundation grants and individual contributions.
Who runs Stop the Silence?
Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, a leader with over 20 years in international public health and development. Stop the Silence runs under s a Board of Directors, and has a number of strategic advisors.
How did Stop the Silence start?
Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, an international health and development specialist, started learning about CSA in 2000, and launched programming to address the pandemic and the critical need for a comprehensive response for this very complex issue. In 2003, as a result of an obvious lack of funding and awareness on the part of the public and policymakers alike, Dr. Pine conducted research with the University of Maryland’s Department of Communication to better understand what the public knew about child sexual abuse and what would motivate them to action. Drawing on that research, the Race to Stop the Silence was born in 2004. This event generated forward movement of the organization. Pamela Pine organized Stop the Silence into a nonprofit organization in 2004 given the need for a structure from which to provide adequate, essential, and comprehensive programming. A grant from DHHS for a comprehensive child sexual abuse focus in Maryland followed, as did a grant from DOJ, then the Ford Foundation, then others. Stop the Silence ultimately formed all of its creative and evidence-based programming under one primary umbrella that focuses on a think global/act local effort and provides art as advocacy, education and outreach, training, and more.
Do I have to be Greek to be a part?
No. Anyone can contribute to the work and help to bring programming forward to universities and communities.
Why are the arts involved?
Arts help open up the hearts and minds so that people are better able to understand and to absorb information about CSA and trafficking.
How has Stop the Silence proven that the arts aid in stopping CSA and Human trafficking?
Stop the Silence has definitively shown, through evalutation, the ability of the arts and related programming to affect the understanding of CSA and trafficking.
Where do I get more information?
What will it cost me to participate?
It will cost you nothing to participate outside of an occasional admittance fee and a little bit of your time. You can make a big difference by informing others.
Who should attend?
Leaders of Greek (sororities and fraternities) college and university programs should attend this training about child sexual abuse and trafficking and what can be done on campus. In that way, they will be able to lead others.
How long is the program?
The training program is four hours long for leaders of the Greek community, but the overall program that they will then lead is ongoing and will allow them to help the overall campus populations to learn about child sexual abuse and trafficking through media, education, training, and more, and take action.
What will I learn?
You will learn what child sexual abuse and trafficking are, who is affected, who perpetrates these crimes, who the victims are, what happens, the outcomes, how to prevent and mitigate their affects, and more.
Can I talk to somebody there?
Sure! Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH. You can reach her here: 240-351-7740.
Is this appropriate for men to attend?
Of course! We need you! These are huge issues and it’s going to take everyone’s involvement in stopping them. And, in addition, men are critical to these efforts – people need to see men involved and active. It is an important statement to perpetrators!
How is this program different?
Art is known as helping people take in issues, feel them, respond to them. We use are to do all of these things… to open people up so that they realize how important the issues are. And then, we provide the hard facts so that they are best able to understand and act.
How can I make a donation?
The easiest ways to make a contribution are to make out a check to Stop the Silence and mail it to Stop the Silence, P.O. Box 127, Glenn Dale, MD 20769, and to make a contribution through PayPal at email@example.com.
Is my donation tax deductible?
Can I volunteer for Stop the Silence?
Yes. Various types of volunteer opportunities are available.
How can I otherwise help?
Contact Stop the Silence and find out more. We can use nearly anyone’s capabilities as long as they are committed – and show up!
“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow.”
Mary Anne Radmacher