Cast from the movie Stolen Childhood including Brenda Moore and her daughter, who was the inspiration for the projectAlvin Worzi and Robin DopoeStolen Childhood, a Liberian movie produced to raise awareness against sexual, emotional and physical abuse in homes in Liberia, was officially launched in Monrovia with a silver screen debut.Held at the TM Mall in Mamba Point with over a hundred children and parents in attendance, the film effectively began its work, which which included an interactive discussion with the audience following the showing.Stolen Childhood tells the ordeal of two 8-year-old girls, Lucia and Brenda, who were sexually abused by men who were hired by the girls’ parents (respectively) to help watch over them. The movie is based on the real-life experiences of Brenda Moore, who was sexually molested at the age of eight, by a male relative staying with her parents. Moore is the founder of the Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP).it would take nearly 30 years, after it happened, for Moore to publicly break silence with what she described as “painful reflections” prompted by the eighth birthday of her own daughter. Her bravery has since inspired many other women to share their experiences.In a statement, Mrs. Moore said that her decision to do the movie “Stolen Childhood” came a few months ago after watching her daughter blow out the candles of her cake on her 8th birthday and realized that keeping silent was not protecting her daughter.“A year ago, if anyone had told me that I would be standing on a stage, not just facing so many people but also talking about the deepest secret of my life – talking about being molested as a child – I would have not only laughed at the person, but I would have likely told them they were delusional,” Mrs. Moore who is the executive director Kids Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) said.“But today, here I stand as a woman, a mother, a wife and openly talking about a very painful and dark experience that started at the age of 8. No, I don’t feel stronger than many of the other victims, some of whom have tearfully shared their stories with me. I merely feel the need not to change what happened to me but to ensure other little boys and little girls don’t have to face what I did – that like me, they don’t have to have their innocence stolen,” she said.“So here I stand, weak, and yes, nervous. Not just ending my silence behind written words or through depictions in a movie,” Mrs. Brenda said, adding, “But standing before you. Lending my face, and my voice, not just to tell my dark story; not just to tell the stories of thousands of victims; but also to prevent and protect other children and to open our society to discussing this prevalent crime and disturbing menace.“Maybe it was making her and many other children even younger than 8, even more vulnerable to sexual abuse. By not talking about this, it occurred to me that our society was trudging along in haunted pretense that too many of our children were not being sexually abused and their innocence violated. That too many of our children are not having their young bodies broken and their minds perhaps forever seared by the traumatic experience of having their trust in people who should be caring for them being rewarded with abuse,” Mrs. Moore said.“I stand here because we must lift this lid. We must expose this menace. We must talk about sexual abuse especially of children. It is wrong. It is shameful. And it must stop. Today, I stand to say to you: Enough is enough,” she said.“Evil can only continue to triumph where good sleeps in conspiratorial silence. I cannot change what happened to me. But I also cannot permit my enduring silence in guilt and shame to conspire against my daughter, against my son, against our children. I cannot. Nor should our society,” she said.She lauded the cast and production team of Good Dreams Production for making the “Stolen Childhood” possible. “They did all of this important work for free. Now, because of their contributions, we can tell the story and increase public awareness about sexual abuse especially of children,” Mrs. Moore said.“Special thanks to Lorpu Scott who dared to imagine that this movie was possible. She convinced me after reading my story. Without her drive, persuasion and determination, no doubt, this would not have happened. Thank you, Lorpu,” she added.According to Brenda Moore, the film will also be screened at various schools, colleges and universities across the country and will also be available on YouTube.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“We’ve kind of struggled swinging the bats (to start the season),” Santa Fe coach Steve Hendry said. “But it gets contagious. We finally had a couple of hard-hit balls and then it started to roll. But we did a good job.” Montebello, which was the designated visiting team, took the early lead, scoring two runs in the first on a walk to Sal Esparza, a single by Chris Galaviz and a two-run single by pitcher Juan Martinez (0-1). But the Oilers (1-2), despite having scoring chances in the second and third innings, were limited to one hit over the final six innings. “I don’t know (what’s wrong),” Montebello coach Rafael Gutierrez said. “We’re not taking very good at-bats. Our pitchers are very inconsistent. It seems like every inning we walk somebody, it turns into a big inning.” That came in the fourth when the Chiefs, trailing 2-1, scored three runs to take a 4-2 lead. Third baseman Anthony Salas went 3 for 3 with two RBIs to pace the Chiefs (1-1-1), who rallied for the victory by scoring one run in the second inning, three in the fourth and three in the sixth. Starter Freddie Gloria (1-1) and relievers Gabe Encinas and Angel Molina combined on a three-hitter with seven strikeouts. Catcher Derek Remijio was hit by a pitch to start the rally. Molina then tied the score with a double off the center-field fence. Salas followed with an RBI double to right field to make it 3-2 before Frank Fuentes singled home Salas for a 4-2 lead. The Chiefs pitching trio made it stand. Gloria settled down after the first to finish with five strike outs before giving way to Encinas and Molina, who combined to retire nine of the final 10 batters. Encinas did get some help from center fielder Josh Dunigan, who hauled in a deep fly off the bat of Chris Franco. “To me, the play of the game was Dunigan’s over-the-shoulder catch, ” Hendry said. “We just take the lead, and bam, they hit a double to lead off the inning. But (Dunigan) ran that ball down. We played good defense and the pitchers did a good job.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MONTEBELLO – So much for the importance of first impressions. The ability to get off to a quick start hasn’t exactly done wonders for the Montebello High School baseball team, which despite taking a two-run lead during the opening inning for the second consecutive game, lost 7-2 to visiting Santa Fe in Montebello Tournament pool play on Wednesday.
Farnborough, U.K. – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineAs part of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation’s (HBC) initiative to enhance customer support in emerging markets, the company announced it is placing customer support leadership and an additional $3 million USD in critical spare parts into the Asia-Pacific region. Steve Porte, vice president, International Support, has relocated to the company’s regional headquarters at the Hong Kong International Airport.“We want our customers in this area of the world to see we are committed to their success,” said Christi Tannahill, HBC vice president, Global Customer Support. “We understand the value of this investment to place not only parts, but also our people in region to deliver on this commitment.”Porte will focus on developing HBC support infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region. He will also provide in-region management of the Asia-Pacific Field Service Representatives.“Hawker Beechcraft is focused on meeting the demand in Asia,” said Justin Firestone, HBC president, Asia-Pacific Region. “Bringing Customer Support leadership into the region and making additional spare parts readily available are two important steps. We are better able to respond to customer demands within the Asia-Pacific time zone and business day with a diverse group of experienced HBC factory staff that are multi-lingual and multi-cultural.”With additional parts in the region valued at approximately $6 million USD, the company continues to build its parts inventory for the entire HBC aircraft lineup to support customers’ current and future needs. The parts are based in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore.www.hawkerbeechcraft.com