San Diego, California - An awareness campaign has been launched by the P. Luna Foundation, called “Male Abuse Awareness Week” every December 1st through the 8th. Scheduled the first week of December, this campaign shines light on the neglected cause of abused males during the holiday season when statistically domestic tensions rise. All forms of child abuse are considered in this effort.Inspired by the campaign to fight breast cancer, this campaign is meant to; Encourage people to start talking about this sociallytaboo subject, inspire young males to seek treatment, promote their web site http://help4guys.orgexclusively for abused males, and raise money to sponsor therapy sessions for young male victims of child abuse.
This year, the P. Luna Foundation is holding their First Annual Educational and Fundraising Event in San Diego, CA on December 5, 2011. Also this year, they are introducing a Male Abuse Awareness merchandise line with a new and unique mascot character they have created called “Maa Man.” M.A.A. stands for Male Abuse Awareness and this merchandise is currently being sold at http://www.zazzle.com/maleabuseawareness. These products will also be given away as FREE gifts in exchange for donations to the organization at http://www.plunafoundation.org.According to Founder Petra Luna, “The time is NOW to get widespread media coverage for the problem of abused males. This topic has been in the taboo closet for too long.” Richard Gartner, PhD at the William Alanson White Institute also stated, “The media has been of little help deepening the conversation about male sexual victimization. We can talk about it now, and we must do so, no matter how difficult this talk can be.” How does this organization and campaign help abused young males? The effects of child abuse on anyone are devastating and psychologists are just now starting to realize how young males are processing the abuse they have suffered in the past, and how their situation is much different than their female counterparts. Young males are the last to admit weakness and the last to seek help. These males that go without therapy to deal with their hurt and anger are at higher risk for going down destructive future paths like drug addiction, sexual addiction, violent crime, and even suicide. They are also at risk of becoming abusers themselves, and continuing the cycle of abuse in their lives. Getting the help which the P. Luna Foundation is providing will give these vulnerable young males the tools to deal with their anger and express themselves in a positive manner so that they may have hope for a happier, healthier future.
The P. Luna Foundation(PLF) is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization founded by International recording artist Petra Luna in 2007. In addition to the Male Abuse Awareness Week Campaign, the PLF provides several different ways of serving our online community of abuse survivors. The PLF is the premiere portal and hub program with three different online directory listings of the world’s top services and resources for the abused. The PLF also has a vibrant volunteer staff who supplements their therapy and healing by working for their cause.
For more info, see the P. Luna Foundation’s main web site at http://www.plunafoundation.org or contact Petra at 818.300.2052 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They are located in Southern California at 5334 Lindley Ave. Suite #136, Encino CA 91319 and in Northern California at P.O. Box 523, San Bruno CA 94066 (for all mail).
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Things have been hectic, busy and very productive, and it's hard to believe it's almost been a whole 'nother year! The PLF is moving right along with so many things. Please refer to www.plunafoundation.com for more information.
It's time to get the 4th Annual Male Abuse Awareness Week kicked off, December 1-8, 2011. We have a lot of exciting things going on this year.
We have a counselor from Australia that is willing to give deals on giving our abused guys the support they need through one on one counselling as well as group sessions, to maximize the therapy. No one should have to make this journey alone.
Please visit www.help4guys.org for more information regarding donations to go for the cause. This will help ensure that the cost for each person is low or free. Many times, as victims of abuse, we don't have the funds available to us to get therapy. Please consider making your tax deductible donation today, to support this cause to help men become survivors, not continuous victims, of abuse. For those with less money, you may donate a smaller amount to go towards one of PLF's other awesome missions.
If you don't have any to donate, but would love to give a special and unique gift to donate, please consider buying some cool new merchandise, featuring MAAW Man, to show some love to our male abuse survivors and to help out that way. There's t-shirts, hand bags, coffee mugs, and more! All proceeds go right back to helping our guys! Come check out our store today! http://www.zazzle.com/maleabuseawareness
They make great Christmas gifts as well as a gift of life to a guy whose life has been turned upside down. Place your orders to ensure delivery.
Thank you all for your kind and courageous support!
The final day for the Male Abuse Awareness week is December 8. Thank you to everyone who has been reading, signing the petition and passing it around. Action is still needed, so please keep signing and passing around this important petition. Don't forget to visit www.help4guys.org, more information at www.plunafoundation.com. Thanks!
I want to thank Grandma Elizabeth for sharing the story about baby Sean, who died at the hands of his mother, simply for being a boy. For more information, I'd like to direct everyone to YVI's website page dedicated to the Sean's Voice cause: http://www.youthvoiceinitiative.org/Sean_s_Voice.html
In this section, you will read about how the mother systematically abused her baby, along with the boy's father, whom would try repeatedly to escape with his children, yet would end up incarcerated because the mother would get hysterical and blame the father for the whole thing. It was the worst case of male abuse by a female, and because the police lacked training to understand the situation, and the myths involved that men can't be abused, she was believed, and who knows what happened when the father wasn't home to protect the child.
Please continue to pass the petition around. If you would like to do more, please feel free to email me at email@example.com - and you don't need to be a public voice, there is plenty to do behind the scenes.
If you haven't already, please check out Michael Skinner Music: http://www.mskinnermusic.com/mskinner.html You will find a lifting experience, along with comradeship while there. I encourage all to go, especially if you're recovering from abuse, male or female.
In honor of Male Abuse Awareness week, which is hosted annually from December 1-8 each year, I'd like to post some other websites that are available for everyone.
First of course is www.help4guys.org sponsored by PLF. There are counseling sessions available, and it is all confidential and anonymous. You may have to register for some, but, it's worth taking steps forward.
This is a comprehensive website, with many aspects that help people past the abuse issues, and there IS help for those who have other issues also. It is a professional site, with much information. Please check it out, and if you need them, please contact them. It's a great site.
Last but not least, Namid is the founder of the R.A.P.E. Foundation, which stands for Recovery. Advocacy. Prevention. Education. She is a strong and beautiful woman who cares about others. Please check out the foundation's website: http://www.rapehelp.com/index.html
Please guys, if you are in need of recovery, and aren't ready to talk to someone, please order her book, The Strength of a Man and go through the workbook too. Men aren't always the social butterflies that women are, where we reach out. This book set can really help you. Here is her myspace profile which have other important websites Namid would like for you to see - http://www.myspace.com/Namid
Our thanks to Alison Rogers for sharing these insightful resources that
help create awareness and education regarding concerns around the holidays for
those who struggle with PTSD and depression this information can also
help their family and friends.
Sometimes just the simple act of sharing your story with someone can be
one of the most powerful tools for healing it is exciting to be able to
share some great resources that can help you in that process. Maybe these
sources of inspiration can lead you to some of your own ideas to help not only
yourself, but to also help others just as these kind and caring folks
and organizations are doing with their respective works and advocacy.
1] Meghan Caughey has founded a new arts organization called VISIONS:
A.R.T.- Art for Resilience and Transformation - VISIONS will inspire persons
who have lived experience of mental health challenges to create art that
expresses their unique stories, creating opportunities to educate, inform, and
transform public perception of what it means to have mental health
Meghan recently received The Howie the Harp Award at the
Alternatives 2010 Annual Conference - Promoting Wellness Through Social
Justice. This distinguished award is given each year to someone who best
exemplifies social change in using the creative arts. Meghan is someone who I
not only think of as a Surviving Spirit, but also a gentle spirit
and she gives so much to so many in her creative advocacy efforts - so a well
deserved award. You can learn more about the Alternatives Conference at:
2] Gayle Bluebird who has been in the trenches for so
long in helping and inspiring so many was also honored recently with a VOICE
Award.The VOICE awards
are given annually by SAMHSA [Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration] to honor movies, TV shows, and stars that portray mental
illness in a positive light. They also present six consumer advocate
awards. This year Gayle was one of them [and justly so], along with
a few others you may know; Laverne Miller, Janet Paleo, Moe Armstrong - who
received the Lifetime Achievement Award [way to go Moe!!], Fred Freese,
Clarence Jordan and Lorrin Gehring [for the youth award].
I am one of those who Gayle has helped to inspire in my own creative
advocacy endeavors; she has been a friend, a peer, mentor and so much more.
Please visit the NASMHPD [National Association of State Mental Health Program
Directors] website to read her bio and her acceptance speech along with
pictures of the event just scroll down to - Recent updates and
3] Ed Pazicky, Coordinator and Webmaster for Altered States of the Arts
Promoting Recovery Through Art is looking for artists to
display their creative efforts at the website - www.alteredstatesofthearts.com
Ed is another one of those caring people who helps so many others, just
visit the website to see this in action. Hes also posted Gayle
Bluebirds above mentioned award and information scroll down to
Bluebirds Words. Please contact Ed at - firstname.lastname@example.org
4] Corinna West is gathering recovery stories and recovery poems to
post on her website for Poetry for Personal Power. Corinnas words sum it
up best I would love to feature works from people across the
country. Please contact her at:
Corinna West, MS, CPS Creative Director, Human Hand Wordworks
5] Draw That Beast is an online art project. People are welcome to
submit original artwork (drawings, paintings, montages, photos) of how
depression visually looks to them. Anyone is welcome to join in; it is not an
art competition. If you can't draw, then take a photo or compile some pictures
together that have some meaning to you. If words fit best, then that is ok too.
Submit by email: email@example.com
Submit by post:
Draw that Beast, PO Box 7043, Watson ACT, AUSTRALIA 2602
Christopher De Serres has created a powerful medium for the millions of sexual
abuse survivors out there who want to tell their stories - many of whom feel
isolated and unable to express the deepest pain in our lives. The
My Name Is Project is there to provide a survivor a way to
express it via video sharing. All of the information and resources to help you
in this worthwhile endeavor are posted at
Chris and his wife Ophelia are also the founders of (Wo)Men Speak
Out - a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating violence
against both genders. They seek to educate both men and women, cultivating
healthy relationships and gender equity. Learn more at - http://www.womenspeakoutnow...com
Chris also took part in the recent Oprah Winfrey shows about males who were
sexually abused as children.
7] Lauren Leigh, mental health activist and founder of On the
Borderline [and fellow NH resident!!] is looking for your videos about
your experiences while living with Borderline Personality Disorder. Please
include all of your relevant links in the email e.g. your You Tube
channel, Facebook or Myspace profile, your blog, etc and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
8] Sharon Wise is now holding first readings for people interested in
her hit play, "Meet me on the Moon". Shes looking for two
females and one male actor to be a part of this creative effort so if
you are in the Washington, DC area, please contact her at
Skype - 202-460-2753 or by
e-mail at - email@example.com
I have been fortunate to
experience Sharons powerful dance renditions and her equally
impressive art creations, so I cant wait to see this play.
9] Kate Swifts book - This Tangled Web is one
womans journey from victim to survivor. It is the untangling of a web
created by the pain of childhood sexual abuse. The author brings you to the
center of the web through her poetry and art, allowing you to see the journey
through her eyes.
10] Chipmunka Publishings catalog of mental health books gives a
voice to writers with mental illness around the world. They help to raise
awareness of mental health and the stigma surrounding mental health problems by
encouraging society to listen. They are offering 45 Free E books to
download from their website, learn more at - http://www...chipmunkapublishing.co.uk
Click on specials and then e books.
I would like to close by sharing this quote from Albert Einstein -
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of
value. I truly believe that all of you who are mentioned in these
newsletters and those who graciously receive them exemplify this quote
Thank you for what you do in helping others.
The P. Luna Foundation, a California 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization is proud to present the
3rd Annual Male Abuse Awareness Week Campaign, December 1st through 8th, 2010!
This is an important awareness campaign to encourage young males who are victims and survivors of abuse to seek help before they grow up to become the abusers. We also provide men of all ages a huge list of help resources and communities. This is how we can all help stop many cases of child abuse, domestic violence, drug addiction and suicide before they start.
Oprah Winfrey embraced this cause last month with a landmark double episode where 200 sexually abused men came forward. Of the 200 men that showed up, 80% had admitted to contemplating suicide because they were not able to come out about their past abuse and seek help. The taboo of this cause has to end!
JOIN THE SHOW DECEMBER 5th! The PLF's founder, Petra Luna, and Lisa from Power Of Mind Online Counseling,will be on the Internet talk radio show, "Current Events with Patrick Cook"! They will be discussing Male Abuse Awareness WeekSunday, December 5th, at 4PM CST and 2PM PST (U.Click here to tune in or download; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/profile.aspx?userurl=currentevents
Please continue to sign the Sean's Voice Petition, sponsored by Youth Voice Initiative, to ensure that our abused men get equity in emergency shelter, support and services to become survivors in the community. Here is the link:
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