Welcome to The Silent No More Foundation

Whenever possible, the Foundation provides immediate support and direction to victims and their families in cases of molestation and sexual assault.   This occurs whether the incident took place long ago or more recently and regardless of whether the victim is a child or now an adult.  Staff assess whether the individual is in any immediate danger and mitigates any problematic circumstances by providing direct instructions and assistance and/or guidance for engaging law enforcement, Child Protective Services, and Children’s Advocacy Centers.  Mental health first aid is provided.  In some cases, victims and/or their families may have already contacted authorities and may be dissatisfied with the response.  In these cases and many others, staff will explore the situation to determine if it appears the local authorities, civil and criminal, reacted appropriately.  Staff will always prioritize treatment of the victim first.  Individuals receive mental health “First Aid” or counseling by phone and/or in person in order to help stabilize them.  They would be encouraged to see a local qualified therapist for their longer term needs.  Often staff will locate appropriate therapists in their local area and facilitate services (funding) between those professional staff and the victims and/or their families.  At times, the group’s professional staff will provide temporary or longer-term therapy.  Foundation staff helps educate victims and families about the types of therapists available and how they need to secure a licensed social worker or psychologist who has expertise in treating sexual abuse victims and related trauma.  Staff also assesses how much danger the community may be in as a result of a local perpetrator (pedophile).  Staff will employ a variety of methods to help stop further perpetration.  If the local authorities are unable to accomplish this goal or until they do, the Foundation staff may utilize methods to discourage a perpetrator from continuing.  Foundation staff always attempt to work in coordination with local civil authorities (CPS/CACs) and police; however, in some cases, those authorities could not or have not taken any action.  In summary, staff provides many types of advocacy.  Staff will assist in situations and have, as a priority, the need to ensure the victim is now safe and receives immediate supportive therapy with facilitation of the individual finding a longer term local therapist to treat them.  Stopping the perpetrator from continuing to assault others is another priority goal.  Hopefully, coordination with the local authorities will result in appropriate arrests and prosecutions.  If not, the staff will utilize other methods to discourage further perpetration.

The Silent No More Group has been active since 2012 and is responsible for helping hundreds of victims and family members as well as shutting down pedophiles that were not facing justice otherwise.  Presentation projects include the group providing dozens of presentations across the United States and Canada to various children’s organizations, law enforcement involving children, Child Protective Services staff, district attorneys and prosecutors at all levels including federal.  Workshops provided for professional staff were certified to issue Continuing Education Units.  Other presentations have been provided for the public, mainly parents.  The Group, chiefly psychologist Michael Gillum has been profiled heavily in the media.  With the objective of keeping the issue of the sexual abuse of children and youth in the public eye, the requests for interviews and other media programming have been honored.  In fact, Michael Gillum was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Psychology in the Media Award.  This provides prevention and highlights the need for legislative changes.  In addition to providing public education presentations as noted, the group was born out of a need for advocacy (empowerment) and assistance for victims and family members.  Michael Gillum, Licensed Psychologist became well known nationally for ensuring the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky.  Along with “Victim 1” Aaron Fisher and with a contribution from his mother Dawn Hennessy, Gillum wrote a book Silent No More Victim 1’s Fight For Justice Against Jerry Sandusky detailing the struggles of these three individuals in seeking justice in the Sandusky case. 

Beyond immediate support and direction to individuals and families, many times local individuals or groups know of assaults and victims and/or probable victims.  But the victims will not seek treatment or law enforcement.  The Group then tries to identify victims and help them with treatment and encourage cooperation with law enforcement.  Many times dozens more victims are identified.  The Foundation is also contacted when local individuals, families, or groups have attempted to ensure the perpetrator is stopped and is prosecuted; however, efforts have not been successful and/or they feel law enforcement is not prosecuting the case for various reasons (or unknown reasons).  In this case, the Clinical Director makes decisions regarding a strategy to utilize in order to encourage local law enforcement and the local district attorney to follow through with arrests and prosecutions.  If unsuccessful, Foundation staff will contact appropriate law enforcement at higher levels such as a state’s Attorney General’s office and/or the FBI.  In the quest for successful prosecution, it is necessary for victims to make police reports.  Foundation staff will make case-by-case decisions regarding whether victims will be encouraged to make reports immediately or after they have obtained treatment and stabilization (later considering filing police reports).  Many victims will not be emotionally prepared to file a police report.  This is particularly true for those who have not had the benefit of psychotherapy.  Clinical staff will help victims and their families overcome stigma and a variety of problems which inhibit the filing of public police reports.  The agency will ask local law enforcement for a letter guaranteeing victims’ confidentiality at least through the majority of phases of prosecution up to the trial.  Typically, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed by law enforcement during a trial.  The media will not (normally) utilize names of minors in these situations.  Each case has to be investigated in order to determine what is likely to occur in order to prepare the victim and raise their awareness.

Family members are educated about the trauma their loved one has endured.  They will learn about symptoms, behaviors, and methods of support.  Families and victims will be encouraged to provide names of other potential victims.  Clinical staff will then contact those individuals in order to suggest they receive treatment and to address the issue of disclosure.  Staff does not press the individual to disclose if they are a victim.  Rather, relevant issues are discussed.  Individuals are told “someone was worried you may be a victim” so we simply wish to offer support and helpful information about symptoms, treatment, and our services.  Staff will help victims understand common feelings associated with disclosing such as shame, guilt, sexual confusion, and many others.  Staff will attempt to help victims understand the assault was not their fault and there is much support available for them.  They are educated about symptoms or life problems/adjustment issues that are commonly associated with untreated victims of sexual assault.  Psychotherapy techniques are often briefly reviewed to demystify the process.  This typically helps motivate victims to obtain psychotherapy services.  Often after one or two conversations with professional staff, these individuals will disclose they are victims.

In cases with multiple victims of serial pedophiles, the clinical director in conjunction with the Board and President may determine that public workshops or presentations would be appropriate in that community.  The audience and media are made aware of any local threat (although the pedophile’s name is not announced publicly).  Prevention and proactive services include providing media interviews regarding the topic of child sexual abuse.  Services also include providing public presentations or professional workshops in the community.  (The Group is working with lawmakers and schools directly to allow presentations to children in school.)  To the extent possible, The Foundation will strive to educate children and parents concerning child sexual abuse in order to prevent this abuse.