Road to Change – Walk to Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse

Stop the Silence is proud to have catalyzed, provided the base of information for, and financially and otherwise supported the Road to Change–Walk to Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse. RTC was a 10,000 mile walk lead by Matthew McVarish, who developed and carried out the Walk between May 2013 and February 2015. The Walk resulted from the collaboration between Stop the Silence and Matthew, starting in 2008, which continued in 2011 with U.S. tours of the play, To Kill A Kelpie and the Stop the Silence-designed after-show presentations; and then, further, the Stop the Silence U.S. tours To Kill A Kelpie of the film (directed by his brother, Edward M Smith). All these were and continue to be a part of our Art as Advocacy programming, which brings awareness and understanding about CSA to broad audiences. In 2011, Stop the Silence invited Matthew to be our European Ambassador, and the rest, they say, is history: Matthew started designing RTC in 2012, and RTC kicked off in May 2013. During its run, RTC EU visited 31 nations across Europe, was able to garner enormous media attention across the continent, expose millions to important information, and affect policy change on the statutes of limitations. Change and lessons learned occurred on many levels, individual, community and policy, and did enormous good.