Penn State turns their back on child sexual abuse

Revelations of the 10 year cover- up of child sexual abuse by an assistant football coach at Penn State University has shocked and appalled people everywhere, but the sad truth is that such cases of total inaction by those in a position to help are all too common.  Joe Paterno, one of the most admired figures in college football, found it easier to look the other way, rather than call the police when confronted with evidence that his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing young boys. Numerous university officials who were informed also chose to do nothing, allowing this sexual predator to remain in the employ of the university for years.  Total disregard for the victims and concerned only with the potential tarnish on the reputation of the institution.
But this type of behavior- the urge to “look the other way” and the destructive denial associated with child sexual abuse is not something that happens only in institutions of higher learning.

Each day millions of children are sexually abused in their bedrooms and living rooms. Ninety three percent of children know and trust their abusers, this crime often takes place in the very homes the children live in or by a close family friend at a family gathering or event.  Each one of these children have bystanders, a family and a community that have the responsibility to be a voice for these children, to remove their children immediately from their abuser or at the very least report this to a police.  All too often people stand by while they know children in their community, families and neighborhoods are sexually abused by a loved one or family friend, coach etc.

Remaining silent about child sexual abuse because it is too uncomfortable to talk about is not an excuse.  Join us in bringing awareness, prevention, and dialogue to our nation’s endemic; child sexual abuse. Please click the image below to make your donation today to help complete the film: http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=addr

Warmly,

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

Film: Stories of healing and the movement to end child sexual abuse

Holidays are around the corner and buying presents for friends can be fun, but also nerve wracking. This holiday season our team is asking supporters to make a gift donation in the name of a family member or friend. Give the gift of awareness, prevention and healing surrounding child sexual abuse.
We are asking supporters to share our fundraising page with your network, friends, family, co-workers and educational institutions, etc. Simply send a donation in the name of a friend, family member or co-worker. We will send them a lovely card telling them about your gift. Click here to make a donation:http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=addr

You can also help by sharing your stories, thoughts or advicesurrounding 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. What does that mean? That means creating dialogue in your community and asking your friends and family to help. 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.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=addr
• 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before age 18: http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=add

• Child sexual abuse and systems of oppression have an interdependent relationship. What are we missing? http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=add
• What does it say about our families, communities, and society to have cases of CSA reach endemic numbers?: http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=add
• Removing the stigma and moving forward:  http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=add

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: http://www.indiegogo.com/You-and-Me-and-the-Fruit-Trees?a=24817&i=add

3. Request a screening in your community.

Pictured below is Angel (featured in the film) with her dog, sitting on a memorial bench dedicated to her dear friend. Read more about the film shoot this past Saturday below.

Film Update:

This past Saturday we had the honor to film Angel Cassidy Borst. We followed her and Linda, her close friend to McLaren Park in San Francisco. Angel visited the bench in memory of her dear friend Norma Hotaling and co-founder of SAGE, Standing Against Global Exploitation. She is pictured above with her dog Rowan. The film shoot was more than we could hope for.

Two weeks ago we filmed Aqueila and her mother. This is a challenge, as often family members distance themselves or are in complete denial. Aqueila’s mom was candid about the cycle of sexual abuse in the family and what she wish she could have done to help Aqueila. It was an emotional, compelling film shoot to say the least. We could not have filmed Aqueila and her mother or Angel if it was not for individual donations. Thank you for your support.

Warmly

Tracey Quezada
Producer, Director
www.traceyquezadaproductions.com

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.