On February 24, 2018, The Men’s Leadership Council (“MLC”) of The Rape Foundation held its second annual Conference for Coaches focusing on the critical role coaches have in shaping the values and character of their athletes, while they also face intense pressure to win…from schools, alumni, parents, and communities. Nationally recognized speakers, WILL FERRELL, LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, MARCELLUS WILEY and A.C. GREEN, shared personal experiences about the impact their coaches have had on their lives and about helping kids find their unique vision and purpose. Featured presenters, JOE EHRMANN, former NFL player and co-founder of INSIDEOUTINITIATIVE, and JODY REDMAN, spoke about transforming the current “win-at-all costs” sports culture to a culture that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience. 275 coaches from schools across Southern California attended. The MLC sponsors educational initiatives for men and boys that build character and foster social responsibility. Our partners in this initiative included The Los Angeles Chargers, LAFC, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Lakers, The Angell Foundation, Los Angeles Clippers, LA84 and the Positive Coaching Alliance.
“Absolutely amazing! Everyone should hear this presentation from Coaches to Educators to CEOs”
“Thank you for this conference…completely inspiring! Great job!! Looking forward to more!”
“Extremely inspirational and educational…I feel reinvigorated to start a new season as a transformational coach!”
On February 8, 2018, the Rape Treatment Center sponsored its 7th annual Roads to Respect™ Conference: Inspiring Moral Courage: Equipping Kids to be Ethical Citizens in Private, Public, and Online Spaces. The conference is inspired and guided by the work of the Rape Treatment Center which illuminates the many and ever-changing challenges and stresses kids experience in their everyday lives, as well as their need for mentoring and support from caring adults. The conference is dedicated to disseminating information about how adults can help children thrive – by guiding them in dealing with these challenges and fostering the development of skills, values, empathy, and respect for others that will enable them to have healthy, safe, meaningful relationships (online and offline); be socially responsible citizens in their peer groups, schools, and larger communities; and fulfill their own unique sense of purpose in life. Presenters brought current research about iGen and the impacts of this generation’s immersion in social media; practical strategies for teaching and nurturing empathy in kids and empowering them to be Upstanders when they witness various forms of peer mistreatment; and the knowledge and tools they need to be ethical citizens and make ethical choices online.
“Phenomenal…the speakers were outstanding. Loved the breadth and depth of the conference”
“This conference was extraordinary! Thank you!”
“I cried, I laughed and I learned an immeasurable amount to bring back to my school!”
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on October 8, 2017, honored the gifted actors of the television show, THIS IS US, for their generous support, and their extraordinary performances. Their compelling portrayals illuminate the invaluable role of caring relationships in sustaining the human spirit, and the healing power of empathy and support. David Schwimmer, TRF Board member, served as the Master of Ceremonies along with Eric McCormack.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 25, 2016, honored Viola Davis and Cheryl Saban for their inspirational leadership in bringing justice and compassionate care to rape victims and sexually abused children, and their extraordinary impact on public consciousness about these crimes. David Schwimmer served as the Master of Ceremonies.
On February 25, 2017, The Men’s Leadership Council (“MLC”) of The Rape Foundation held its first Conference for Coaches focusing on the critical role coaches have in shaping the values and character of their athletes, while they also face intense pressure to win…from schools, alumni, parents, and communities. Nationally recognized speakers. LL COOL J and MARCELLUS WILEY shared personal experiences about the impact their coaches have had on their lives and about helping kids find their unique vision and purpose. Featured presenter, JOE EHRMANN, former NFL player and founder of COACH FOR AMERICA, spoke about transforming the current “win-at-all costs” sports culture to a culture that defines and promotes sports as a human growth experience. 200 coaches from Southern California schools attended. The MLC sponsors educational initiatives for men and boys that build character and foster social responsibility. Our partners in this initiative included LA84 Foundation and the Positive Coaching Alliance.
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“I believe every coach, administrator, and mentor who leads young people needs to hear this message. Extremely impactful, I enjoyed every minute!”
“This was a wonderful, thought provoking discussion that will help me redefine my role as a high school coach”
“This was an awesome conference! All the speakers were charismatic, professional and engaging! Thank you for a great day! I am also interested in the work of The Rape Foundation. Thank you for hosting!”
On February 9, 2017, the Rape Treatment Center sponsored its sixth annual Roads to RespectTM Conference, #HelpingKidsThrive. The work of the Rape Treatment Center illuminates the challenges and stresses kids experience in their everyday lives, as well as their need for mentoring and support from caring adults. The conference was dedicated to disseminating information about how the adults in children’s lives can help them thrive – by guiding them in dealing with adversity and fostering the development of skills, values, empathy, and respect for others that will enable them to have healthy, safe, meaningful relationships (online and offline). Our nationally recognized presenters included Jane Fonda, Nadine Burke Harris, Robert Faris, Nancy Jo Sales and Devorah Heitner.
“I loved today. The speakers, the content, the knowledge, the positivity.. WOW! I not only learned a few things personally, but also have a few takeaways as a parent, teacher and counselor.”
“I can’t say enough about how powerful all of the speakers were. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to hear such amazing people and to hear the amazing work and research that they are all doing. This has been a fantastic day of learning. Thank you so much!”
“Amazing! Should be mandatory for all teachers, admins, and even parents! Keep up the brilliant work!”
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on October 4, 2015, honored Judd Apatow for being a “stand-up” guy, not just in comedy clubs, but also in support of sexual assault victims. During the past year, he has been a powerful voice for the truths about rape and an advocate for respectful treatment of victims. Lena Dunham gave a special tribute to Judd for his invaluable contributions. Foundation board member David Schwimmer served as the Master of Ceremonies. Celebrities Leslie Mann, Lena Dunham, Jane Fonda, Sarah Paulson, Christina Hendricks, Rosanna Arquette, Beth Behrs and Tamara Taylor joined the 800 guests in attendance to lend their support for The Rape Foundation’s work.
Photo of Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow. Credit: Getty Images.
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Photo of Beth Behrs, Gail Abarbanel and Christina Hendricks. CREDIT: Elaine Lee
Photo of Jane Fonda. CREDIT: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 28, 2014, honored the Rape Treatment Center at UCLA – Santa Monica Medical Center on its 40th anniversary. The Master of Ceremonies, Board member David Schwimmer, thanked Ron Burkle for providing a sanctuary of serenity, beauty, warmth and light as the setting for this extraordinary event. Lily Tomlin made a surprise appearance to introduce her long-time friend, Jane Fonda, who made a powerful and moving speech while personally dedicating life-long support to the work of the Rape Treatment Center. Eric McCormack led the audience in an enthusiastic round of pledges of support for The Rape Foundation Capital Campaign for Stuart House, raising funds for the development of a new, larger facility for the Stuart House program that will expand the capacity of the internationally recognized program serving victims of child sexual abuse and their families.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 29, 2013, was hosted by Emily Deschanel (Bones), and Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother) and emceed by Board member, David Schwimmer. Deschanel and Radnor spoke to an audience of close to 700 people with powerful statements about their experiences visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.
The Foundation also recognized three special dads, Judd Apatow, Albert Brooks and Eric McCormack, for supporting The Rape Foundation’s work and helping to educate other men about their unique roles in the prevention of sexual violence. Founding Board member, Norman Lear, was also honored for his groundbreaking work that raised the nation’s consciousness about rape.
The Rape Foundation also honored LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and personnel in his department for outstanding investigative and forensic crime lab work that led to a conviction in a complex case involving the sexual abuse of two young children.
On March 10, 2013, Foundation Board member, John Varvatos, hosted The 10th Anniversary John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House. Presented by Chrysler, co-chaired by Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, with an amazing kids’ tent created by Hasbro, and featuring a live concert by Steven Tyler, and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, with special guest, Slash – the event was a spectacular success. Over 1,500 people came together to enjoy good food, shop, participate in live and silent auctions and listen to a spectacular musical performance. The event shines light on the issue of child sexual abuse and the work of Stuart House, the Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program created to meet the special needs of child victims.