Posts Tagged ‘USA’

Susan Murphy- Milano Fighter for Human Rights

July 8, 2012 Comments off

Thank you Amy Matthews for creating the beautiful video!

Susan Murphy-Milano is a leader in the field of Intimate Partner Violence and is now fighting 4th stage Cancer. She has dedicated her life to fighting for change in how the world looks at and treats Domestic Violence in this country, and now to change how the world looks at and treats Cancer. She is also fighting for justice in the world of Health Care for every individual in this country.

To learn more please visit

Amy’s  Message to Susan
Susan you are without a doubt one of the most amazing women I know of, and definitely the most amazing women I have had the pleasure of knowing personally. Every one of us wants to feel like we have made a difference in the life of another. I have always said if I can make the difference in even one person’s life then I will be happy. Susan you have made a tremendous difference not just for the women you’ve helped through the years, the women you are aware of, but the many countless women you don’t know about, and it’s only just the beginning. You will continue to change the lives of people all over this country, as well and around the world, from this day forward.
What you have done is started a revolution. You have changed the way that intimate partner violence is viewed and addressed. You brought life and hope to what seemed a hopeless situation.
Everyone wonders what their purpose in life is, and many will never know the answer while they are still on this Earth. That makes you very lucky because you know what your purpose is, and you have seen with your own eyes the good you have done and will continue to do.
The fights not over for the cause or for you! So don’t ever give up, the world is certainly not giving up on you or anything you stand for.
We are here for you now and we will continue the battle and when we are gone there will be others and when they are gone there will be more until this battle is won!


Amy J. Matthews

What Can We Learn From Penn State?

November 27, 2011 Comments off
It’s unfortunate that it takes national headlines to get people talking about a problem that is all too prevalent in our society but we can take advantage of this opportunity to shine the light on the issue of child sexual abuse and recognize that we all have a responsibility to protect children.
  • We’ve learned that this issue is not about big universities, celebrity, or the Catholic Church.  It’s not about reputations, or legacies or any one institution.  This issue is about children.
  • We’ve learned that we have to step into the reality that there are people in our midst that would rob children of their innocence and they are people we know and trust.  They will go out of their way to appear above reproach and they will infiltrate our families and organizations where they can have easy access to children.
  • We’ve learned that it takes tremendous courage for children and adults that have been abused to come forward.  We must support and honor this courage and work together to ensure their story is not handed down to other innocent children.
  • We’ve learned that child safety is the job of an adult.  Teaching children how to keep themselves safe from abuse is important, but adults bear the burden of stepping up and speaking out when something doesn’t look or feel right with respect to the wellbeing of a child.  We’ve learned that it may or may not be our legal responsibility as mandated reporters depending on where we live but morally it is the right thing to do.  If you see something or suspect abuse, call the police.
  • We’ve learned that the ramifications of not acting responsibly are clear.  More abuse occurs, more children are harmed, fewer children get the help they so deserve.  To be silent bystanders is to be complicit in its occurrance and wake. To intervene is to ensure that a child is treated and supported, that they are healed and better protected from potential lifelong hardships of trauma.
  • We’ve learned that child sexual abuse is preventable.  We can learn the facts, we can acknowledge the reality, we can talk to others adults, we can ensure youth serving organizations have comprehensive child protection policy, and we can talk to our children.  Awareness and education is the answer.
  • The fight against child abuse cannot be the job of one agency; it has to be a collaborative effort.  It will take all of us to change culture–to one where engaged adults offer no place for a perpetrator to commit their heinous acts and no access to children.
  • We can be stuck in the shock and horror of what happened at Penn State staying focused on who knew what and when or we can pledge right now to stay focused on the things we can do today that better protect children.  Let Penn State serve as a wake-up call.  Will we stay vigilant or will we again become complacent when the smoke clears?

Ways to Get Involved


Anny is a Steward’s of Children Authorized Facilitator and Prevention Specialist who trains adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through Darkness to Light’s certification programs.  Please contact Anny to bring Prevent Now! community meetings your area and to arrange Steward’s of Children trainings.  You may contact her via email, or 919-225-1421.

Take care and stay safe.