Ren Cannon Matching up to $30,000 on Colorado Gives Day

Once again, our Kempe Ambassadors Chair Ren Cannon will match all Colorado Gives Day donations up to $30,000! This means we can raise twice as many funds and get closer to our fundraising goal of $90,000!

Thanks to Ren and donors like you, Kempe is changing the way we talk about and treat child abuse and neglect. This “hidden epidemic” crosses all socio-economic, religious and ethnic boundaries and impacts communities across Colorado and the country.

Your Colorado Gives Day donation will support our work to protect children and families everywhere. Please help us reach our goal of $90,000 and donate on December 4.

 

How to Schedule Your Donation in Advance:

Your Colorado Gives Day donation can be scheduled ahead of time. Your donation will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 4th, and still count towards the $1 million incentive fund.

  • Go to The Kempe Foundation’s Colorado Gives profile.
  • Click on “DONATE” button.
  • Enter donation amount.
  • Under “Donation Frequency,” choose the option “CO Gives Day.” This will schedule the donation to process on December 4th.
  • Finish the step-by-step process and click “Add to Cart.”

Kempe ID Awarded Opportunity to Assist United States Olympic Committee

Kempe Innovative Designs was recently awarded the opportunity to assist the athletic programs of the United States Olympic Committee. The Kempe Center’s Kasey Matz, MA and her team will be designing, developing and testing new training materials for sexual, physical and emotional abuse identification, investigation and prevention in amateur athletic programs.

This effort will be supported by funding through the SMART FY 2018 Keep Young Athletes Safe grant program developed under direction of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART). This program furthers the Department’s mission of reducing sexual violence by supporting an entity to provide oversight of the United States Olympic Committee, each national governing body, and each Paralympic sports organization with regard to safeguarding amateur athletes against abuse, including sexual, physical and emotional abuse in sports.

In January 2018, a U.S. House of Representatives committee opened an investigation into sexual abuse in organized sports in response to the sentencing of Dr. Larry Nassar. His abuse of more than 150 women and girls, as well as reports of sexual misconduct allegations in the Taekwondo community and allegations of sexual abuse from former U.S. swimmers, led to the commitment for action. In its announcement, the committee noted the “abhorrent abuses” associated with Nassar’s case, the U.S. Taekwondo athletes and U.S. swimmer allegations, and raised concerns about whether the United States Olympic Committee had sufficient oversight mechanisms to protect its athletes from abuse and mistreatment.

In February 2018, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017, designed to extend the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. There are 47 U.S. Olympic organizations across the country that require oversight on these fronts provided by an outside organization with expertise in preventing and investigating all forms of abuse.

The award to Kempe will support developing necessary educational materials, investigatory tools, training programs and policies that can prevent abuse, and work to address abuse, once identified.

Kempe Foundation to benefit from Short Story and Poetry Collection from TL;DR Press

TL;DR Press has opened a call for submissions to create a family-themed short story and poetry collection for The Kempe Foundation to release during the holiday season for their Winter Quarterly.

The call is open to any genre of fiction short story or poetry with a maximum entry of 3,000 words and one story per submission. Submissions must have family – whether by blood or bond – as a central theme. All profits from the sale of the Winter Quarterly will go directly to The Kempe Foundation.

“We have high expectations, given the submission quality of our past collections, of what our writing community has in store for this Quarterly,” says Sarah Linders, one of the 10 co-founders of TL;DR Press. “Partnering with a charity as impactful as The Kempe Foundation has all of us very excited. We work closely with the charities that we partner with, and finding a good match is key to a great collection.”

The Kempe Foundation has worked for 45 years to prevent and treat abused and neglected children. They work to keep all children safe and healthy by supporting experts in the field who are developing and delivering cutting-edge programs proven to reduce the incidences of child maltreatment. They advocate for policies and increased funding for programs that protect children from abuse and neglect. They also partner with human service agencies and other nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the factors that contribute to child abuse and neglect. The Kempe Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based out of Denver, Colorado.

“Allfamilies have stories to tell, regardless of their culture or their circumstances,” says Julia Stone, president and chief operating officer for The Kempe Foundation. “We look forward to being a part of this collection of family stories that will bring others strength, hope and inspiration.”

All writers who submit to the collection can have their work reviewed and edited by a member of the Winter Quarterly editorial team, with time to edit and re-submit before a decision is made on their acceptance into the collection. This support is made possible thanks to the dual mission of TL;DR Press, a volunteer-run, for-charity publisher of short story and poetry collections, to support charity and emerging writers.

“We’re the only volunteer press giving every writer who submits to us detailed feedback,” says Linders. “Feedback is one of the hardest things for new and emerging writers to receive. We give back to the writers through mentorship and editing expertise, shaping submissions into the best they can be. This approach is a win for the submitting writers, for us as a publisher, and for the charity because it creates great work.”

The Press has already published two charity-funding anthologies since its inception in February of 2018: TL;DR: A Redditwriters Mixtape Vol. 1 in March 2018 to benefit Doctors Without Borders and the Women’s Anthology: Carrying Fire in October 2018 to benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

“We have a fantastic team of writers from across countries, genres, and skillsets. We are powered by a community of almost 100 writers, who we run contests, host workshops, and facilitate discussion for. Our community, in turn, submits to and volunteers their time and talents for our collections,” says Linders. “TL;DR Press and the ‘#tldrwriters’ have created something special, fueled by charity, and we show no signs of slowing down.”

The call for submissions closes November 11, 2018, and submission guidelines are available on the Press’ website.

World-Class Illusionist and Magician to Headline Imagine 2019 Luncheon

On March 14, 2019, The Kempe Foundation will host its signature fundraising luncheon, Imagine 2019: Believe in Magic, featuring American illusionist and magician Jason Bishop.

Bishop has starred in two Off-Broadway productions and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show and CW Network’s Masters of Illusion. He entertains audiences with one remarkable illusion after another, demonstrating precision and artistry that have made him an invited performer in nearly every state as well as over 30 countries.

While his fast-paced illusions, music and comedy are entertaining, perhaps his greatest trick has been turning a nightmare of a childhood into the real-life story of a self-made rising star. Bishop entered foster care when he was seven years old and developed an interest in magic to escape the harsh reality of his life. Today, his story inspires us to never give up hope and believe in magic.

“Jason is a beacon of hope for children in foster care and his story shines a light on the reality of the system,” said Julia Stone, President and COO of The Kempe Foundation. “Although his childhood experience was unimaginable to many of us, we hope this event will educate the community about the important work that Kempe delivers to provide better outcomes for children in foster care.”

Partnerships, tables and ticket sales from Imagine 2019 will directly support Kempe’s mission to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect and the long-term impacts on children and families.

 

        

De-Bunking the Myths of Child Sex Trafficking

Across the globe, child sex trafficking is a $99 billion enterprise, making it the second largest illegal trade behind drugs. It reaches every corner of Colorado, but has largely been ignored and become a hidden epidemic that is destroying lives and endangering Kempe’s mission to protect children.

On October 4, 2018, we convened a group of health and human services experts to help educate the community on what child sex trafficking looks like in Colorado. Here, we de-bunk the five most common myths of child sex trafficking and share what we learned from this important discussion:

MYTH #1: Sex trafficking is not a problem in my community – sex trafficking is only a problem in foreign countries or large, highly-populated cities.
The unfortunate reality is that there is a growing demand for sex with youth here in Colorado. It happens in every community and affects youth of every age, all genders, races and from all income levels. Additionally, while the Coloradans fueling the demand for sex with children come from all socioeconomic backgrounds, the typical buyer is a Caucasian male, 35-45 years old, married with two children and making between $70,000 and $100,000 a year.

MYTH #2: Sex trafficking is a crime that must involve some form of travel, transportation or movement across state or national borders.
Although transportation may be involved as a control mechanism to keep victims in unfamiliar places, sex trafficking does not always involve movement. There are often subtler forms of coercion being used, including victims being physically and socially isolated from their family and friends, or withholding basic necessities like food, water and healthcare.

MYTH #3: For youth who are involved in sex trafficking, it must be their choice or they would run away and seek help.
Victims of trafficking often do not immediately seek help or self-identify as victims. Pimps use a variety of grooming techniques to prey on a victim’s vulnerabilities and leverage them for control, including cultivating drug dependency. Over weeks and months of physical and psychological manipulation, the victim experiences “trauma bonding” and develops an unhealthy loyalty to their pimp. When someone tries to remove a victim from a dangerous trafficking situation, many times they will go back to their pimp because that bond is so strong.

MYTH #4: If families were more vigilant, youth would not get caught up in sex trafficking.
Traffickers are expert manipulators and well-aware of the risk factors that make it easier to coax certain youth into trafficking. They target vulnerable youth on social media, dating apps or in online gaming chat rooms. Some young people are even lured into trafficking by other kids their age, especially those living at treatment centers or group homes. In some cases, there are parents or caregivers who traffic their own children for financial gain. These situations can be difficult to identify because of the complex cycle of abuse and control that has been unaddressed throughout the adults’ lifetime.

MYTH #5: Law enforcement and child protective services are the ones responsible for protecting our youth and putting an end to sex trafficking.
We all have a role to play in protecting our youth. Within our communities, it is essential that parents, neighbors and family friends look out for each other and offer support when it is needed. We must be careful not to judge or shame other parents, but rather, take the time to engage each other in important conversations. We must also educate ourselves about what trafficking really looks like and speak up when we notice any red flags. The conversation around child sex trafficking has been hidden for too long, and it is our job to bring it to the forefront.

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Child sex trafficking is one of many threats to the healthy development of Colorado’s children. Over the next few months, Kempe will continue to bring together community partners to help shine a light on these connections and how we can partner as a community to end the cycle of abuse and positively impact child development. We appreciate your support of our efforts to give all children the opportunity to thrive.