Coached into Silence is a feature-length documentary which deals with the sexual abuse of boys within the world of organized sports.
The film will tell the stories of a diverse group of boys whom the system failed to protect. Far more sinister than those failures of prevention, this film will also shed light on the organizational, institutional and legal systems which have conspired in attempting to silence the victims, while protecting their profits, their reputations, and in some cases the predators themselves.
Shielded by schools and leagues, these molesters can maintain their access to hundreds or thousands of children over the course of decades. For some of these coaches, their protection was on the field or on the court results. Their influence was strengthened with each trophy and each championship. Winning, and the fundraising ability that it created was all that it took for some organizations to look the other way. For coaches, all that it took to prevent suspicion over years and years of these abuses was their charming demeanor and a ready smiles. Some of these child molesters will live out their lives free and unprosecutable by the law--unregistered and unrestrained--resulting in an entire generation of crimes against children that could have so easily been prevented.
As Prof. Marci. Hamilton so succinctly put it in her book Justice Denied, "It is an either/or choice: we can either protect the predators or the children." Yet as one insider told us, the belief is that "Institutions live longer than people, and so sacrifices must be made."
These abuses know no boundaries and we are determined to represent the full scope of this issue. Children of all ages and ethnicities, of every socioeconomic status, from every sport and across all levels of sport have fallen victim to sexual predators who have been hiding in plain sight. We will be speaking to those who have been anonymous and those who have been All-Stars and Olympians. They are willing to recount the nightmares that they survived with the hope that other children may be spare the hell that they endured.
The film will explore how these abuses occur, the personal and societal cost, and paths that survivors have taken through the darkest times. It will also investigate what can and must be done in terms of education, awareness, reform & prevention.
We have been filming Coached into Silence intermittently over the last eighteen months, as finances have allowed. We have spoken to some of the most influential people in youth sports and professional sports. We have interviewed leading voices in the fields of psychology and the law. We have shot in courthouses and State house, and have had incredible access to ongoing criminal and civil cases. Every day not spent shooting has been put to use getting every piece in place, researching and pre-interviewing those who will take part in this final phase of production.
The funds that we are hoping to raise on Kickstarter will be used for the last travel-intensive portion of our shoot. This final phase will turn the spotlight over to those who have survived these abuses and become the true experts on this subject.
Although I have worked on projects produced and directed by Oscar nominated documentary filmmakers (Bret Morgen, Lauren Lazin), i am not a documentarian by trade. I am a writer first and foremost, but as I have found myself saying so many times throughout the course of this project...there are the stories that we write, and there are the stories that write us. The experience of a dozen years spent working in independent film will be put to use in service of the goals of Coached into Silence. The same can be said for the talented professional crew that I am very fortunate to have assembled. You don't get folks to work on a project like ours because they are chasing a large or easy paycheck. If you are going to face the horrors of the sexual abuse of children day in and day out...you have to believe that this work matters. You have to care. Once you scratch the surface on this subject, it is impossible not to feel a responsibility to help those that are in silence and shadow every day. We are also very aware that countless children are in harm's way at this very moment.
Nothing will stop us from finishing this project. What your support can mean is the difference between finishing it in 3 years, or having it out in the world where it can make a difference, 6 months from now.
Though this project will begin 'coaches abusing boys'-specific, it is this world of youth sports that will be our window to the larger issue, regardless of gender or connection to the abuser. These are abuses suffered by millions of boys & girls, survived by tens of millions of men & women in this country alone. These are all too common stories, and in sharing these stories through this project we can all work toward the goals of supporting the survivors, further education the masses about this issue, and preventing these abuses in the future.
We look forward to continuing the conversation here on Kickstarter and on CoachedIntoSilence.com & www.facebook.com/coachedintosilence . When the issue is silence, any related conversation is an immediate reward.
Thank you very much for taking the time to consider supporting this project.
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A specially designed Coached into Silence WHISTLE and lanyard, along the the Coached into Silence POSTCARD and personal note of thanks from the director.
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Your choice of a specially designed Coached into Silence BASEBALL or HOCKEY PUCK. (Signed by the director, if you like, or not if you don't like people you've never heard of scribbling on your stuff.) Also, as a THANK YOU on our WEBSITE, your name will be put on a banner and hung from the virtual rafters, just like the all-time greats! *You can see our 'retired backer numbers' here: http://tinyurl.com/65qnyef
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"Unembarrassed. Unashamed." T-SHIRT . In one interview with a coach who had abused boys for decades, he cavalierly justifies the sexual abuse by saying that he was teaching lessons about "Being unembarrassed and unashamed." This shirt aims to take the power of those words back. The 3/4 sleeve baseball-style t-shirt comes with the #16 on the back, representing the 1 in 6 boys who have suffered these abuses. You will also receive the Coached into Silence WHISTLE & lanyard, the personalized Thank You POSTCARD, and the Thank you on our website.
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Personalized TROPHY (you choose the sport) in recognition of your efforts to help make youth sports safer! Your will also have a Thank You on our website, and receive the Coached into Silence WHISTLE & lanyard, as well as the personalized Thank You from the director on a Coached into Silence POSTCARD.
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For foodies rather than sports fans: (within 100 miles of NYC) Chef Tania Collazo of The Healthy Table (www.taniacollazo.com), has generously offered to come to your home and create an organic, local, healthy, delicious meal for you and a guest. It's your choice: any cuisine and all ingredients. (I'm sorry to say that the cost of those ingredients is not included. Something to keep in mind when considering that Almas caviar or those white Alba truffles!) This package includes your SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT in the film, the SIGNED 8x10, your choice of BASEBALL or PUCK and our Coached into Silence WHISTLE & lanyard.
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