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Thank you for helping us #UndoTheTaboo around Child Sexual Abuse. It takes 7 times for a person to hear a new message before they start to pay attention to it. So every mention counts, big or small.
Our objective is to make talking about Child Sexual Abuse as routine and matter-of-fact as breast cancer awareness or teaching children to cross the street. We want it to be in the minds of every parent and caregiver in an easy, comfortable way that is prevention-focused. We also want every child to know what inappropriate touching, viewing and photography is, and that it’s okay and important to tell a safe adult if these things are happening to them or someone they know.
To accomplish this, we must begin with repeat public exposure to the topic of Child Sexual Abuse. Only familiarity can break the taboo around this subject so that we can begin educating parents and communities, and empowering kids, en mass.
Below are three basic focal points for helping us #UndoTheTaboo. You can focus on any or all of these points during your show (depending on how long your event is):
First you need to be informed. Once you understand the basics of CSA, a few quick prevention strategies, and the challenges CSA survivors face, it will be much easier for you to figure out how to work the topic into your events.
#1 – One of the easiest ways to broach the subject of CSA is to use an intro to a specific song. For example:
#2 – Depending on the venue, it can be just as easy to simply state that you recently joined our moment and are a “proud partner of The Fiona Project, a music and arts movement dedicated to child sexual abuse prevention and healing”. Then drop a statistic or a prevention tip and mention that you are using your platform as an opportunity to help #UndoTheTaboo so that we collectively become aware and start protecting children from child sexual abuse.
As an example: We had a partner who played at the Times Square subway station as part of the Music Under NY program. All night, they just kept plugging us and dropping CSA statistics/prevention tips every 3-4 songs. They said they had a terrific response! People came and picked up several of the quarter-page hand-outs and several people stopped after their sets to thank them for supporting this cause and say how much that meant to them. Wow!
In our experience, the example above seems to be the rule not the exception. Someone will speak to you afterwards and thank you, even if all they can do is look you in the eye and nod. You will know why. Just speak from the heart and let the chips fall where they may.
It may take some effort to hone your spiel, but it’s worth it. Our mission is being achieved one mention at a time whenever CSA is brought into the awareness of our concert-goers. Never underestimate what your participation might mean to some of your fans. You might be surprised at the response you receive.
Thank you again for standing up for this important cause, and for helping us to #UndoTheTaboo together!