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Through knowledge and awareness child abuse can be stopped--Silent no More.
Museum of innocence
Museum of Innocence
The root cause for most of society's criminal behavior, serial killers, war, sexual predators, large youth membership in violent gangs, extensive adult interest in child pornography, high rate of mental illness, homelessness and alcoholism lies within a history of child abuse practice by the silent majority. The practice increases by huge numbers daily. The increasing numbers of dysfunctional families are reaching crisis level. Society is failing to diminish the problems. Society persists in ignoring the problem blaming it on lack of better teachers and insufficient numbers of police. Through the persistent practice of silence, denial, and ignorance society inadvertently perpetuates child abuse. If society continues ignoring this problem, the world will be facing a major catastrophe far greater than global warming or world hunger. Therefore, society needs a way of looking at this problem that is safe and informative. The best way to do this is to create a museum, research and cultural center that focuses upon family issues.
Museum of Innocence – Museum and exhibits--Description
Inspired by The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Museum of Innocence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation was founded to build a cultural center that creates a safe environment to display and examine all aspects of child, animal, elder abuse, and dysfunctional families from a social and historical perspective. The Musuem of Innocence will consist of a complex of structures for the purpose of holding many types of permanent and temporary art exhibits, conventions, and entertainment. These include exhibit halls, an auditorium, a sculpture garden and children’s memorial wall to honor all the children who died due to maltreatment. A research and art departments will continually keep exhibits and information updated. The Museum library will offer insightful literature to visitors about keeping children safe while breaking the generational cycle of abuse through educationprovided in the museum. There will be on going programs in education, therapy, and art for the public. Museum of Innocence will serve the local communities while attracting visitors globally. This will be the first museum on the planet in history designed exclusively for the exhibit of family dynamics. It will set precedence. All the world’s eyes will be watching.
The Exhibit Halls: Exhibits that deal with all phases of family dynamics
Circle of Miracles—inSculpture Garden: A place to ponder, release pain or experience an epiphany through the spiritual peace the circle creates Auditorium: To show the finest within; Bring classic concerts, ballet, drama, conventions
Memorial Sculpture Gardens:Where visitors can wander at leisure, reflect upon their own experiences and ponder the beauty of the gardens, Say a prayer or aspiration, Memorial Children’s Wall:A long beautiful wall or walls filled with the names and stories of children who died because of abuse or chronic neglect Book Store:Free literature on the subject and obtaining help will be available including information to access other resources related to the effort
Society Needs to take a Hard Look at Iself In spite of all the information via the media, the jucicial changes, the advanced social work, the charities that have sprung forward in the past thirty or so years, it isn't enough! Dysfunctional familes and abuse have increased not decreased. More laws, better teachers,and more police don't work. It is time for society to do more to diminish this problem.
Family violence costs the nation from $5 to $10 billion annually in medical expenses, police and court costs, shelters and foster care, sick leave, absenteeism, and non productivity.Ignorance, denial, and silence are the cause for its long term continued practice. (American Medical Association)
“It is estimated that there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.” (Forward)
“Long term effects of child abuse include fear, anxiety, depression, anger, hostility, inappropriate sexual behavior, poor self esteem, tendency towards substance abuse and difficulty with close relationships.”(Browner & Finkelhor)
Within the Safety and Nurturing of the Museum of Innocence Environment
Goal – Take abuse practices out of the closet to bring public focus upon it
Objective – To overcome the ignorance, denial, and silence about its practice Objective –To create a safe, loving, and beautiful environment for the public to learn about the heinous practice of child abuse in all its forms
Hope for outcome –Through up close and personal public awareness to offer hope to adult survivors, diminish the practice of abuse upon all the innocent
“They found hope in art”Tamim Ansary(Article in Parade magazine 11/30/03)
The three main causes of continued abuse practice upon the innocent are
silence, denial, and ignorance Child protection laws prevent public exposure of the details and horror of child abuse.Because of these laws, the majority of this practice remains cloaked in secrecy. This conintues to promote silence, denial and ignorance. The public isn’t aware of the major price society pays for the luxury of the several million dysfunctional families.Society needs to become informed.
Through the freedom of art, the secret practices of abuse can be uniquely exposed.This will reveal society’s greatest closet problems. Silence no more. Denial ceases. Ignorance is replaced with knowledge! Knowledge is power! Thus the first real steps to understanding the planets greatest problems will begin. The Museum of Innocence believes, through awareness, abuse practices on the planet will seriously diminish and ultimately stop. There is no better method of expression about the subject than through the freedom of art which will tell
" the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God."
“NO one knows how hard we struggle in our lives.We are lucky if we can show the world one page from our book of troubles.That’s why art is important.” Saadat Ali from article by Tamim Ansary in Press Enterprise’s Parade Magazine, 11/30/03
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Martin Luther King
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Many times we are held back from our past. However, Therese Daniels has taken her past to another level. By creating the Museum of Innocence, Therese has helped others by sharing her child abuse artwork, memorials, missing children notices, and other relevant information on her site. I highly believe in the importance of sharing your child abuse stories and learning from others in order to begin healing, and the Museum of Innocence is a great place for healing!" Brandy Shirley, M.A. Founder of href="http://www.relationship-with-self.com">Relationship-with-Self
William Prouty, PHD leader in Global Education
As the rise in child and spousal abuse continues, this powerful teaching and awareness development resource center will bring a wealth of learning systems and classes to thousands of people and organizations around the globe. Many of the leading specialists in the field will be able to conduct on-site workshops, teach in the new fully integrated virtual classroom and conduct comprehensive research projects.
It is my distinct privilege to be a member of the Museum of Innocence Advisory Council. Together we can craft information, education and advocacy programs that will help reduce this scourge on our society.
William Prouty CBC CEC CLU RHU MBA PhD, Director
Global Economic & Workforce Development Coalition
Susan Maree Jeavons Poet & facilitator of several on-line discussion groups of adult suvivors of sexual abuse
Society has been slowly emerging from a self induced coma when it comes to child abuse and domestic violence. I see art, poetry, and music as shock paddles that will force society to emerge from that apathetic stupor and finally give this problem the full attention and effort it deserves. (c) 2007 Susan Maree Jeavons
Break the Silence
You can’t make a mistake
If you tell
Admit it to your friends
Expose it in the halls
Send letter to news papers
Blog it on the internet
Shout it from the roof tops
Write about it
Make posters, signs and bumper stickers
Keep sending the message
Break the silence
Stop the denial
Shed light upon the ignorance
Child abuse must be identified
Child abuse must be stopped
Child abuse is every one’s problem
Repeat it, repeat it
Until the whole world hears it
Shout it and repeat it
Until child abuse stops
You can't make a mistake
If you break the silence
It’s only a mistake
To remain silent
Detail from The Roots of Violence
Tell us what you think
Julie Oliver from Northern Ireland says:
May all these children rest in peace. . .They're in a better place now. . .away from the evil monsters they called family!
Crystall Elizabeth Metz from Livonia Michigan says:
i just saw the steve wilkos show about lattie and i am a mother too and if that happened to my son or daughter i will kill that person. but i would never let any thing like that happen to my kids. Lattie my you rest in peace i am so sorry baby boy you are safe now. and i am sorry you had to go through that. it was not your fault. you did nothing wrong. you are in my thoughts and prayers. your safe no one will ever hurt you
Father & Daughter #1
--Museum of Innocence-- using art and enlightenment to fight child abuse
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Except for the work contributed by Susan Maree Jeavons and where so indicated, all writing, poetry, photographs, paintings, designs and web site were created by Therese Daniels. All work is copyrighted (c) 2007. None of the material written by Therese Daniels or Susan Maree Jeavons on this site may be reproduced or transmitted in whole or in part in any form by any means, including any system now in use or to be invented, without the express written consent of the publisher and authors.