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The P. Luna Foundation fights child abuse by creating innovative programs to educate, aid law enforcement, and build awareness about the growing epidemic of child abuse and exploitation with an emphasis on young males who have been abused.
We aspire to end the anonymity of child sexual predators and to prevent future abuse through intellect, logic and virtue.
What do we do?
Child Abuse EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
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What are our Programs?
The Male Abuse Awareness Week Awareness Campaign & the Male Abuse Awareness Website.
Male Abuse Awareness Week is an awareness campaign held every year from Dec 1st through 8th and the website is the extension of that program. It is a program dedicated to the special needs of young boys and men who have been abused, in an attempt to stop these young males from growing up to abuse others and repeat the cycle of abuse. To see this amazing web site, click the image below.
The P. Luna Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 California Nonprofit Organization and member of the Encino Chamber of Commerce.
OUR NEW BOARD LINEUP for 2012
L. Barnes- Professional Family Therapist
B. Walker- Former Police Officer and Abuse Survivor
R. Berner- Business Owner, Father
M. Wall- Attorney, Father
J. Schwartz- Retired Scientist, Father and Grandfather
R. Wilder- Business Owner, Father and Grandfather
L. Roth- School Teacher, Mother
G. Franklin- Com. Real Estate Developer, Father
E. Schumacher- Film Director
11 Reasons Why Males Don't Disclose Abuse:
1) A cultural bias maintains that males cannot be victims. Males are expected to be confident, knowledgeable, and aggressive. To be a victim means one is an inadequate male.
2) If the boy's body has responded sexually, he feels he is somehow responsible for the sexual abuse.
3) Male victims of sexual abuse struggle with issues of homosexuality as most offenders are male. Their homophobia plus their confusion and fear encourage silence. Not to mention the social stigma attached to homosexuality.
4) If a boy receives money for sex, he is less likely to be perceived as a victim.
5) If a boy has a homosexual orientation, he is often blamed for the "seduction" of the older male, instead of being acknowledged as a legitimate victim of sexual abuse.
6) Molestation by an older female is often viewed positively as a kind of "initiation rite" into manhood. Cultural pressure encourages participation while denying feelings.
7) Male victims of sexual abuse, more than female victims, may fear loss of freedom and independence if the sexual abuse should be made public.
8) Fear of reprisals from the offender plays a role in under-reporting.
9) When boys are victimized, they tend to be blamed more for their abuse and are viewed as less in need of care and support.
10) Boys fear negative judgment by family and friends.
11) Embarrassment and/or confusion prevent male victims of sexual abuse from disclosing.
What do these Volunteers do?
The PLF’s War On Abuse Volunteers are an online Community made up of individuals who occupy social networking websites, blogs and video accounts managed by the PLF and linked together through our network. Through the anonymity of the Internet, these volunteers are free to express themselves by writing, images and web design. They make friends and connect with like-minded individuals who are fellow victims, survivors, or advocates. Dedicated to our cause, they recruit more advocates every day. They consider themselves to be a part of an extended family, united by their passion to end abuse. These special volunteers are the glue that binds the anti-abuse movement together through our War On Abuse Movement Internet Network & Reference Guide, the world’s largest listing of organizations, professionals, advocates, victims, and individuals who fight against the cruelty of abuse. Some of our veteran volunteers do IT (Internet Technology) work and graphic design for the PLF as well.
What does this program do for the abused?
1. Gives victims of abuse a vehicle to do something good for their cause. An activity that most Professional Therapists recommend. This program allows apprehensive victims to help their cause in the comfort and safety of their own homes.
2. Allows advocates to use the enormous world of social networking in a positive way for a great cause.
3. The volunteer community is over 3 years old. We have a rigorous orientation process with a Handbook, Volunteer Policy and a long trial period prior to new people being considered as full members of our volunteer community. Drama and poor behavior are not accepted. Volunteers stay with (or return to) the PLF for years because they trust the individuals within the community and know that we are a legitimate operation.
4. Volunteers serve a dual function by, in addition, patrolling the Internet. Since this program covers an enormous area online, if these volunteers see any suspicious activities, they report it to the proper authorities. The predators are online and that is where we want to be keeping track of them.
5. The program is so vast that it includes advocacy for all types of abuse. There is something for everyone in this program. We cover not only child abuse: We also advocate against animal abuse and domestic violence. The volunteer position is very flexible and we cater to all levels of computer skills.
Our Volunteer's Quotes
"I have been a volunteer for the P. Luna Foundation for almost three years. I have watched the Foundation grow and gain Federal 501(c)3 status. The P. Luna foundation is internet-based and has volunteers assigned various social networking pages to get the word out that abuse is not cool. Within the realm of, “abuse,” we primarily focus on educating the public of the dangers of pedophiles and sex offenders who seek to ensnare victims through social networks such as MySpace and Facebook on the internet by generating awareness with prevention as the outcome. We also have a 501(c)4 lobbyist Organization called Youth Voice Initiative that seeks to stifle the poisonous words and ideas pro-pedophile and pro-sex offenders have on their websites. I am a 20-year law enforcement veteran. I am also an abuse survivor. I have gotten a great sense of fulfillment volunteering for such a worthy cause." Doc
“I started volunteering for the PLF when I was in an abusive situation in my own life. By working on the websites and doing research, the caring of Petra and another volunteer I found gave me the strength to leave the abusive situation and get to a place where I have healed from the abuse both physically and emotionally. I had to leave the PLF volunteering while I went through the emotional healing, but I am forever in debt to the PLF friends for the life I have now. By working in the PLF I was able to learn that how I was living was unacceptable and not my fault. I was fighting for online safety and the awareness of male abuse, but I felt at the start I deserved what I was going through. The work with the PLF built up my self esteem as I learn new skills to help the PLF and positive feedback I got raised my self esteem to a point that I was worth more than how I was living.
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