Donate before it’s too late

We only have 12 days left to raise funds for “You and Me and the Fruit Trees.”

Millions of children are affected by this endemic and many adults struggle with the ongoing trauma of CSA. Child sexual abuse is a public health issue that impacts not only individuals, but whole communities and society at large. You can be an active part of the movement to end child sexual abuse by donating $15, $25, or $50 today. Click here to make your donation: http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees

Your contribution will allow the film to be used as a training manual for state officials, organizations who work with youth, individuals, and communities. Through your support the film will also be shown in high schools, youth prisons, rehabilitation centers and community centers.

Please share with your network. Join us: http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees

Gratitude and love,

Tracey Quezada
Producer, Writer, Director
http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees

Documentary about Effectively Addressing Child Sexual Abuse

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/18108211[/vimeo]

Two years ago I became an advocate for my niece after learning she was sexually abused. In my search to find healing and available resources for her, I spoke to many people including social workers, child protective services, police officers, teachers, therapists and child advocates.

This experience pushed me to find the resources and answers needed to address child sexual abuse(CSA) and along the way led me to ask more questions.

In my search I found extraordinary people dedicated to ending CSA.  These individuals and organizations provided awareness, insight on policies that need to change, prevention, and healing techniques, along with workshops that were completely new approaches in addressing CSA.  Also, I learned new ways for officials to approach and identify children who are being sexually abused and new techniques for them to treat the trauma.

As a filmmaker, I was immediately inspired to create a film that addresses the issues surrounding the state and the specific policies that need to change to move forward, healing from CSA, the impact child sexual abuse has on emotional health, and highlight the extraordinary non-profit organizations and individuals dedicated to ending child sexual abuse. The film interweaves personal stories and expert testimonials that will provide a blueprint for how to address and prevent CSA. The website for the film is coming soon.

The film is part of a multimedia project that will feature a website with resources, comments from the community and profound stories. My team and I will also create a traveling exhibit to be installed in museums.

The inspiration came from advocating for my niece, but also from my many friends who have shared their stories of unbelievable strength. I will be sharing my experience on future blogs. Feel free to send any comments and follow me on twitter at http://twitter.com/traceyquezada.

Love,

Tracey Quezada

Producer, Writer, Director

http://www.traceyquezadaproductions.com/work-in-progress.html

I Love You, Squish!

How much time to you spend on negative stuff? Thinking about it, talking about it, worrying about it? Squish works in so many ways to change those thought patterns and actually “squish” them away.

Here is the talk I did that the 2010 TED X in Asheville!

See how you can squish yourself or someone else today. Just try it. It works.

Here’s the “I heart you squish” T-shirts. The backwards one is great so you can see it in the mirror. It’s a great way to start a conversation.

I’d love to know how you use it and how it helps. Please comment about your squish-abilities!