Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence – Ending Child Sexual Abuse

9th Annual Luncheon: April 24, 2015

Presented by Kristi House and Buddha Mama

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For information about becoming a Table Captain or participating in some other way, please contact Kristi House Development Officer Bianca Fernandez, (305) 547-6802.

Special thanks to these additional 2015 sponsors:

Martha Weeks Wulf  •  Julia & David Bianchi  •  Monique D. Hayes, Esq.  •  Zaba & Edgar Castro

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About Breaking the Silence…

…Kristi House’s program to forever end the silence on child sexual abuse.

Core to this effort is building awareness of Kristi House and the staggering statistic that child molesters are not strangers: in the vast majority of sexual abuse cases, the child and the child’s family know and trust the abuser. And further, one out of 10 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18. In seconds, their childhoods are shattered, their innocence stolen forever. Worse still, the effects haunt them for years, increasing the likelihood of drug and alcohol dependency, eating disorders, teen pregnancy, delinquency, violent crime and debilitating fear.

Kristi House launched Breaking the Silence in 2007 to garner attention and support from concerned and caring individuals and business leaders who can assist in our mission of protecting and healing children from child sexual abuse. Many have joined this effort, sharing our vision of ending child sexual abuse in our community. Badia Spices and Leon Medical Centers have been our lead underwriters.

Through Breaking the Silence and other community outreach, we have witnessed growing community awareness and understanding of the pervasiveness and trauma wrought by child sexual abuse. We have seen it is possible to educate and build awareness around this difficult subject, and consequently improve the fate of many innocent victims.

Find out more….Kristi House is hosting a series of facility tours and informational sessions to acquaint those with the concern and the capacity to help with this new awareness crusade. If you are interested in being part of this drive, please contact Development Officer Bianca Fernandez, (305) 547-6802.

We salute and sincerely thank those listed below who have made and sustained five-year pledges of support to Kristi House children through Breaking the Silence, helping to build sustainability as we all strive to protect all children in Miami-Dade County.

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Part of this Kristi House initiative is based on the Darkness to Light organization’s Stewards of Children program which is a prevention training program developed to educate adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program seeks to equip and empower adults to keep children safe.Keeping Children Safe

The Stewards of Children program is particularly effective for youth-serving organizations, and Kristi House specialists have been trained in delivering the training to others in South Florida. Consider, the damage of child sexual abuse does not end with the child, or even the child’s family. Child molesters are drawn to organizations that serve youth. When this happens, the costs are enormous with children hurt, the organization’s reputation tarnished and potential devastating financial loss. For more information on the training program, please contact Dawn Thompson or call  (305) 547-6800.

…eradicating child sexual abuse in Miami.

Breaking the Silence involves individual, community and business leaders in Miami-Dade with the concern and capacity to help turn the tide of child sexual abuse.

From the Archives:

Videos from 2013 Luncheon: Key Note Speaker Kathy Anderson | Where We’ve Come From by Katherine Fernandez Rundle | Where We’re Going by Trudy Novicki | Our Guests
Download fillable 2014 Sponsor/Host Commitment Form (Word)

 

 

 

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