Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Let Go...Let Peace Come In

Name of Innovative Program: 
Innovation to Alleviate the Global Pandemic of Child Sexual Abuse
Sponsoring Organization
Let Go...Let Peace Come In
Name of Innovative Program Lead: 
Peter Pelullo
E-mail Address of Innovative Program Lead: 
gina@letgoletpeacecomein.org
Project Description: 
Peter S. Pellulo, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), founded the Let Go… Let Peace Come In (LGLPCI) Foundation to help adult survivors like himself. The LGLPCI Foundation not only subsidizes individual trauma therapy treatment for adult survivors of child sexual abuse who do not have the means or adequate insurance to begin their own healing process, it also has cultivated an alignment with the number one public health school in the world Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBS)  to revolutionize public policy landscape and provide the necessary data for empirically based mental health treatment decisions to provide survivors of CSA with access to a higher quality of care. Additionally the LGLPCI Foundation, through the funding of such initiatives, aims to establish effective and universal childhood sexual abuse prevention and intervention programs to directly benefit the 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 4 boys who will be sexually violated before the age of 18.
Creativity and Innovation: 
 The LGLPCI Foundation is a pioneering organization that helps to create a dialogue among the survivor community by encouraging adult survivors to take an important step in their healing process by sharing a photo and caption and/or their story on the foundation's website www.letgoletpeacecomein.org.  In addition to providing a platform where survivors can feel safe in disclosing their traumas the LGLPCI Foundation also offers valuable healing resources for survivors and those who support them.  One of the many resources available to survivors themselves are direct subsidies for trauma therapy to help them get started on their personal recovery journey.  To our knowledge we are the only organization that offers to directly fund counseling with a qualified trauma therapist for adult survivors of child sexual abuse.  
Leadership: 
 The Let Go… Let Peace Come In Foundation has fostered a relationship with the number one public health school in the world (JHBS) to raise money and awareness to address the problem of child sexual abuse from a prevention, intervention, and research perspective while concurrently providing access to a higher quality of care for adult survivors.  Let Go…Let Peace Come In has assembled eight extremely talented, intellectual, and committed board members to its Board including the world renowned Mr. Sugar Ray Leonard who is a 5 time world champion and gold medalist as well as an adult survivor!  Ray is very motivated and driven to put a face on the world pandemic. 
Sustainability: 
 Childhood sexual abuse knows no gender, cultural, ideological, nor geographical boundaries. It is perhaps one of the world’s true global pandemics.  The LGLPCI Foundation's alignment with the number one public health school in the world along with the research and data that is being collected and analyzed will enable mental health organizations and professionals to provide empirically based public health solutions to the conditions and disorders propagated by the effects of child sexual abuse for decades to come.  This same research will create a dialogue among the treatment and educational communities that will allow for future studies and training to occur so that the quality of care for individuals affected by child sexual abuse can be leveraged positively at the basic primary care level.
Replicability: 
We cannot ask a 9 year old child to do what a 40 year old adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse won’t do…speak up.  Children model the systems they come from, if adults speak up eventually children will as well. Based on this principle, the LGLPCI Foundation is working toward utilizing an established framework support room concept demonstrated by the Alcoholics Anonymous organization to facilitate and conduct support group sessions for adult survivors within their local communities monitored by a licensed trauma therapist..  The proposal will include up to 1000 support rooms from California to New York to be opened over a three year period.  The establishment of support rooms equipped with information will help reduce the stigma of support and treatment while bringing an alternative care option. 
Results/Outcomes: 
 Thus far the LGLPCI Foundation has subsidized therapy for 27 survivors- three of who were Sandusky victims, two from the grand jury and one who was not part of the legal proceedings. The foundation has also provided support resources for over 25 survivors with financial means who were not receiving the quality of care necessary to advance in their recovery. Measurable outcomes moving forward will be the continuation of the survivor therapy subsidies and additionally the completion of a $3 million funding initiative for the Department of Mental Health for JHBS  To date, in only 6 months time the foundation has raised 8% of the necessary funding and has facilitated the commencement of research in Denmark by the chair of the Department of Mental Health into the potential precipitators of pedophilia in order to gain a greater perspective about effective prevention and intervention programs.
Supporting Files: 
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