National Child Abuse Prevention Day!

October is a big month for us! Producer/Director Tracey Quezada will be presenting the “Work in Progress” at the Humanist Hall on October 20th at 7:00pm. So come out and show your support. Our partner TAALK, will interview Tracey for part of a 24 hour internet radio show recognizing child abuse prevention day November 19th at 6:30pm. Click here to listen on November 19th : http://www.taalk.org/TAALK-A-THON2.
Kimlynh Engebretson-Chun, a local artist who is also in the film, will be hosting a benefit. Come out to MUA in Oakland November 4th, 8:00pm where Kimlynh will be donating 25% of her sales that night and for the month of November to the film. We were also recently featured in “Ella’s Voice”, a blog provided by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, check it out here: http://www.ellabakercenter.org/blog/2011/09/you-and-the-social-movement-to-end-child-sexual-abuse/ and highlighted in De-Bug, Silicon Valley, here is the link: http://www.siliconvalleydebug.org/articles/2011/10/12/you-me-and-fruit-trees#..
We are excited to share that we have an upcoming film shoot October 15th-we will be interviewing the mother of a woman in the film. This is a challenge, as often family members distance themselves from abuse or are in complete denial. We will share our upcoming film shoot with you in our next newsletter.

Finally, we are gearing up for National Child Abuse Prevention Day, November 19th! You can help by sharing your stories, thoughts or advice surrounding child sexual abuse on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees/221780444504995 This page was created for the community to share, exchange ideas and offer advice. 

Community has the power to make a difference. With mutual support we can remove the stigma, help to prevent and heal from the ongoing trauma of child sexual abuse. 
What does that mean? That means creating dialogue in your community and asking your friends and family to help. You have the power to bring awareness around child sexual abuse, by promoting the work being done. Here are 3 ways you can help:

1. Spread the work by using social media, twitter and Facebook. Ideas for post or tweets:

* Learn how you can be part of the movement to end child sexual abuse. Donate today: http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/?page_id=43
* 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18:  http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/?page_id=43
* Child sexual abuse and systems of oppression have an interdependent relationship. What are we missing? http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/?page_id=43
* What does it say about our families, communities, and society to have cases of CSA reach endemic numbers?: http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/?page_id=43
* Removing the stigma and moving forward:   http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/?page_id=43

2. Donate to help complete the film. The information provided in the film should be readily available to the public. Each year 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused. Each year the current child welfare system fails these vulnerable children. Through each story shared and expert testimony, the film will provide a new model for effectively addressing CSA. We have also taken the model and incorporated it in our campaign strategy. You can help make this possible. Click here to make a donation: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=829AAVMB8RYPA&lc=US&currency_code=USD&bn=PP%2dDonationsBF%3abtn_donateCC_LG%2egif%3aNonHosted

3. Request a screening in your community.

Warmly,

Tracey Quezada

Producer, Director

http://twitter.com/#!/traceyquezada

http://www.youandmeandthefruittrees.com/?page_id=43

“Imagine a disease that affects one in three girls and one in seven boys* before they reach 18; a disease that can cause severe misconduct disorders among those exposed…can have profound implications for…future health by increasing the risk of problems such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and suicidal behavior; a disease that replicates itself by causing some of its victims to expose future generations…Imagine what we… would do… We would spare no expense. We would invest…in research. We would …identify those affected and…treat them. We would…broadly implement prevention campaigns to protect our children. Wouldn’t we? Such a disease does exist—it’s called child sexual abuse.”
James Mercy, M.D., Centers for Disease Control, 1999 *conservative stats based on reported cases of child sexual abuse.

Youth learn the impact of child sexual abuse

Feeling a bit nervous, being that most of the people walking in the room to join the discussion this Wednesday were ages 14-17. I thought, should I switch up my presentation? Is what I’m about to share, stories of child sexual abuse and healing too heavy for them? Then I quickly was inspired, inspired by the fact that I longed for information that I was about to share when I was a teenager.  I needed to know what to do with all the stories of trauma, pain and suffering I heard over the years and all that I witnessed. Any how, the young faces slowly trickled in, many holding notebooks, looking a bit unsure and sat down quietly.

I had a smile on my face, ear to ear, feeling honored to give what so many long for, some may need to hear an honest story, a story like theirs, some long for the need not to feel alone. Some were interested in learning what they can do to help; many were shocked at the percentage of young girls and boys who are sexually abused before age 18  (1 out of 3 girls and 1 out of 6 boys). They too were hungry for answers and knowledge about an issue that is so loud, yet prevails in this culture of silence around child sexual abuse.

I began sharing what child sexual abuse is, once you give something so complex a name you can move on and discuss what “it” is that needs to be prevented or addressed. I followed with a screening of the 7 minute work-in-progress. All of them were attentive, two young ladies insisted on asking question after question, while many of the young men in the room appeared speechless. Like many adults they could not understand why it’s such a challenge to “prove” a case of child sexual abuse. They were interested in learning more about the people in the social movement to end child sexual abuse and how their alternative strategy  “works.”

Providing young adults with information that is rarely accessible, definitely not accessible in my generation is a true success.  I look forward to speaking at high schools, youth prisons and at youth centers.

Stay tuned to learn when and where I will speak next. Hope to see you there!

Love,

Tracey Quezada
Producer, Writer, Director
www.traceyquezadaproductions.com

Getting Out of Detention and Rising Like the Star You Are!

When I spoke at a detention center for girls in Iowa, I was so moved by the energy, creativity and joy just waiting to burst out of them that I have plans to go back and really play guitar! I cut the video to the right to go with the Survivor Manual’s Warrior Workbook. Removing the Sword of Trauma is not just about purging the pain of abuse and violence, it’s about becoming a warrior; it’s about rising. Maya Angelou puts it perfectly in the video below – Still I Rise is relevant to survivors.

To the right, I’ve posted the video where I speak to teen girls so that you can use it along with your workbook. There are FREE pages on my Ejunkie store as well. You can download your own Workbook or follow along for free on my site.