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.
On April 26, 2015, John Varvatos, Foundation Board member and men’s fashion designer, hosted the 12th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House, Chris Pine served as Honorary Chair of the event. Presented by Chrysler, with a spectacular carnival-themed kids’ tent created by Hasbro, the event featured a brilliant live performance by Ziggy Marley. Over 1,800 guests, many of them children, enjoyed an afternoon of delicious food, luxury shopping, live and silent auctions, and fun children’s activities. Held in West Hollywood at the John Varvatos boutique, the event raised funds for Stuart House – the Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program serving sexually abused children.
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.
On April 13, 2014, Foundation Board member, John Varvatos, hosted the 11th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House. Presented by Chrysler, with Honorary Co-Chairs Amy Adams and Darren Le Gallo, and an amazing kid’s tent created by Hasbro, the event featured a live concert performed by Willie Nelson and Sons. More than 1,500 guests enjoyed an afternoon of great food, luxury shopping, live and silent auctions, and fun filled children’s activities. Held at the John Varvatos boutique in West Hollywood, the event raised funds for Stuart House – the UCLA Rape Treatment Center’s internationally recognized model program serving sexually abused children and helped shine light on the special needs of these young victims.
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.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on October 14, 2012, was hosted by Academy Award nominated actress, Viola Davis, and honored Foundation Board member, Norman Lear. Davis spoke to an audience of 800 people with powerful statements about her experience visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House in addition to sharing her personal connection to sexual violence after seeing how it affected a family member.
This year’s event honored Norman Lear for being a pioneering male voice advocating for victims of rape. He raised national awareness about rape in 1977 after creating an episode of All in the Family that focused on one of the main character’s experience being raped. This episode, “Edith’s 50th Birthday”, reached 40 million people and forever changed the nation’s consciousness about rape.
Special guests this year also included Pennsylvania Attorney General, Linda Kelly, and her Chief of Staff, Bruce Beemer, who were recognized for their work in prosecuting Jerry Sandusky.
Foundation Board member, John Varvatos, hosted The 9th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit – Bring Your Heart to Our House on March 11, 2012. Presented by Chrysler, co-chaired by Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow, with an amazing kids’ tent created by Hasbro, and featuring a live concert by Dave Matthews – 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 an unforgettable Dave Matthews performance. The event shines light on the issue of child sexual abuse which for too long has been shrouded by shame and secrecy.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch, held on September 25, 2011, was hosted by cast members of MAD MEN, including Jon Hamm, Christina Hendricks, Vincent Kartheiser, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery, and Aaron Staton. J.K. Simmons, a versatile and beloved actor, served as the emcee. MAD MEN cast members spoke to an audience of 800 people with powerful statements about their experiences visiting the Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.
The Rape Foundation was proud to honor these outstanding actors for their brilliant performances in MAD MEN that have created one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and entertaining shows on television. MAD MEN has been called a “history lesson.” It illuminates the social mores, attitudes, and sanctioned behaviors of the era in which the show is set. We see and feel the human impact of sexism, racism, homophobia, and related inequities and workplace politics as they were expressed in a different time.The Rape Treatment Center confronted many of these challenges when it was established in the 1970s.
The Rape Foundation Men’s Advisory Council hosted a pre-release screening of TRUST, on March 7, 2011, a powerful film produced and directed by Foundation Board member David Schwimmer, and starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Viola Davis, and Liana Liberato. TRUST is a powerful and thought-provoking film about a young girl who is betrayed and sexually assaulted by someone she meets on the Internet, the impact of this trauma on the victim, and her family’s struggle to cope with the aftermath. The film also explores the challenges of parenting and keeping kids safe in the digital age. The screening was followed by a Q & A with the audience led by David Schwimmer and Doug Hunt, an FBI agent who served as a consultant on the film.
The Rape Foundation sponsored a ground-breaking conference in Los Angeles at The California Endowment on January 26, 2012: What the Tech: The Impact of Digital Technology on Kids’ Social and Emotional Development – Fostering Empathy, Learning, and Wise Choices. The conference brought together national experts to talk with parents, educators, and child development professionals about how kids are spending their time online and how the adults in their lives can help them navigate and derive the most benefit from their participation in the digital world.
The conference covered a wide range of topics, including how communicating from behind a screen affects empathy, social skills, and peer relationships; some surprising truths about kids’ use of video games; how kids’ learning in the digital world transfers to real world situations; and how we can teach kids to be helpful allies to their peers both online and offline. Click here for further information and videos of the presentations delivered at the What the Tech conference.
The Rape Foundation Annual Brunch held on October 3, 2010 was hosted by cast members of GLEE, including Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Naya Rivera, and Jenna Ushkovitz. Foundation Board member, David Schwimmer, served as the emcee. GLEE cast members spoke to an audience of 800 people about the programs The Rape Foundation sponsors that address issues often dealt with in their show – including the profound impact of bullying and peer sexual harassment among youth, how what is unique and different about a young person is often what they feel ashamed about, and how much belonging and support from others matters.