”I started hearing statements about incest from participants in my oppression/racism workshops in American universities in the 1980’es and how the victims usually connected it to their later adult distress patterns of drug abuse, compulsive overeating, negative racist thinking of others etc. During the years I lived with bestselling author Sapphire Lofton in Harlem, we often exchanged experiences – her being exposed to sexual abuse from her father and my workshop stories from especially poor white areas of the country – which inspired her to the Oscar winning movie “Precious”. When I later started working with the Ku Klux Klan and mass murderers I was thus better equipped to work with the frequent patterns of sexual abuse of their members in childhood and understand how they reenacted it out on others as adults. In my lecturing I have therefore always tried to get the participants to see the hurt human being inside the “monsters” society usually teach us to regard such people as. That educational work I find very important.”
Working with awareness raising on
all aspects of child sexual abuse.
Meet the board members
Yoga and meditation teacher.
"I have lived in Honolulu Hawaii for fifty years and have been teaching yoga and meditation since 1972. With my wife Annie, a tai chi teacher, we ran the non profit Rainbow Foundation for twenty years. During that time we taught yoga and tai chi to over 5000 school children, prisoners, mental patients, senior citizens, cancer patients, paraplegics, and the general public. Through the years I studied with and sponsored many world teachers including Ram Dass, Indra Devi, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Muktananda, and Sathya Sai Baba. While most of these teachers were pillars of spiritual virtue, Sai Baba was accused by scores of victims as being a predatory pedophile who used his position of power to prey upon young male students at his organizations “free" boys boarding school located within steps of his residence in Southern India. Watching the performance of Girl of Diamond Mountain opened the long closed door of that sad association and brought me to new levels of understanding, forgiveness, and compassion for all involved. I am proud to support the message of healing and forgiveness that are the themes of Girl of Diamond Mountain and am honored to be a member of the Advisory Board".
Dr. Steve Orenstein
Clinical Psychologist, Kailua Hawaii.
CO- Chair of Berkeley Black Rep's Human Trafficking Project
ZORINA LONDON in TAIPEI
"Experienced in Dr. Jacob Moreno 's Mental Health Techniqes in PSYCHODRAMA FROM THE 1980 to PRESENT @ BRG THEATER.
Counselor on THE 24 hour-On-Call-Crises Counseling-Line from 1986 To 1994 under the Auspices of Dr. Catherin Smallwood-Contracted by San Mateo County. MA from University of the Pacific:Thesis"THE INFLUENCE of GROUP WORK on Pre-Delinquents ". Masters from STANFORD University : Emphasis IN Social Psych.
PHd STANFORD University : emphasis on Correlational Retrospective MULTIPLE Regression ANALYSIS. Targeting TAIPEI and in SF-BAY AREA: Mona GIVES PRESENT OVERSIGHT TO THE Berkeley Black REP'S Human TRAFFICKING AWARENESS PROJECT"
Executive Director, psychotherapist, Center of Sexual Abused - Southern Denmark - Section of Volunteers
Rev. Dr. Robert L. Brashear
Pastor, West-Park Presbyterian Church
"Throughout my years as a pastor, I have been surprised at the number of people I have encountered who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, all involving family members. But given the number of personal friends who have lived through this experience, I should not be surprised. I have learned how important it is to have a safe space where once can tell their story. Simply being heard is the first step towards healing. But i have also learned that most abusers had a history of being abused themselves, thus creating a perpetual cycle. I also have a profound commitment to forgiveness and reconciliation, the difference between them and the long journey that requires. GIRL OF DIAMOND MOUNTAIN is an open door to begin that journey...."
"As a clinical psychologist for more than thirty years, I've come to understand all too well the lasting psychic damage of childhood sexual abuse. So many who suffer from chronic pain and depression, problems with their relationships, eating disorders, and other addictions carry within them the scars of this childhood trauma.
"Those of us in the helping professions and all of us who care must do what we can to increase awareness of child sexual abuse and help its victims find hope and healing. That is why I consider it such an honor and pleasure to be involved with "Girl of Diamond Mountain." Far more than an exquisite production in the world of multidimensional performance art, "GODM" is an experience which helps audiences move beyond their shame and denial to open both mind and heart to the possibilities of healing and transcendence".
Pervert Park is a film about the people no one want as a neighbor. It follows the every day life of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society, and gives us a chance to understand who they are and how the destructive cycle of sexual abuse and the silence can be broken.
As filmmakers, we have strived to show the complexity of sexual abuse. It is our belief that mass media today is presenting one sided fast stories that are simplifying our understanding that is neither healing nor helping. As documentary filmmakers, we see it as our finest job to challenge this and show people just how complex and difficult it is, in order for our society to move forward."
Lasse & Frida Barkfors
Directors of the documentary film Pervert Park, winner Sundance 2015 Special Jury Award for Impact.
"We are alive to our dreams. Rites of passage are not to be disturbed by greed seeking satisfaction. A child is precious love. I speak also as a parent and one who adheres to a balanced karma of desire in my work & person & the need always to protect the child from the diabolical & mentally unformed.
Remove the carpet & sweep the floor clean of pretense & emotional corruption. Know it is never too late to re-arrange fate.
The concerns of Girl of Diamond Mountain are universal.
Let good taste & correct decency prevail in life & the arts".
Music writer and reviewer
"We often refer to creative talents as "gifts", and to those who exhibit these talents in abundance as "gifted". In performance, every member of the Girl of Diamond Mountain troupe is clearly gifted, but it is a gift of particularly great value when these gifts are applied to compelling expression about a disturbing human concern. When this happens, and it isn’t all that often, performance becomes more than just entertainment. I’ve become sensitized to the role of creative expression in my many decades as an entertainment journalist and author, covering music, theater, film, and media. More recently, I’ve exercised my own responsibility as an artist as a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, where I’ve produced my own scripts, fiction, and poetry. I believe all this prepares me to apply my creative and professional experience, as well as my commitment as a social activist, to service on the Board of Directors of the Girl of Diamond Mountain"
David acquired twenty five acres at Jacob’s Well with a dream of unifying the fragmented parcels around the Well into a single preserve. David founded the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association in the spring of 1996 to protect the quality and quantity of water in Cypress Creek and the Blanco River and now serves as the Executive Director of the nonprofit organization. David has served as Vice President of Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, was a founding board member of the Hill Country Land Trust and Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, and currently serves as a Vice President of the Hill Country Alliance. David was honored by the State of Texas as the individual winner of the Texas Environmental Excellence Award in 2011.David and his wife Ellen have created a space at Jacob’s Well that invites people to experience the healing power of nature and art and to discover the deep desire for authentic living. To experience the Retreat at Jacob’s Well is to reflect, remember and renew our connection to ourselves, the land, the water, and our essential role to care for the earth.
"I am the executive director of a center, who helps people coping with late effects caused by sexual abuse in the childhood. We offer counseling and guidance carried out by our competent volunteers. The counseling consists of both shorter and longer processes, and the support is provided by: social interactions in our drop-in center, courses, lections and social events. Likewise, a Social Worker is assigned to the center. Our outmost important jobs are building and maintaining relations, to work with the individual person, and connect with them at their terms"
Author and lecturer, Denmark.
Psychologist and Senior Child Protection Advisor with Save the Children Denmark.
Ph.D. Director, Master of Arts
in Counseling St. Edward's University, Austin Texas.
Director of the Wimberley-Texas Watershed Project.
Author, playwright, poet.