Sun04202014

Opinion

Time to say ‘S.C.R.A.M.’ to child rape and molestation

H2D Entertainment, with founder, Sylvester McCracklin, and co-founder, Constance McCracklin, is using arts and entertainment to help power a campaign dubbed S.C.R.A.M. – Stop Child Rape And Molestation.

The objective is to build a bridge of awareness and empowerment of victims who have experienced rape and molestation. Victims are encouraged to understand that they can be healed and delivered.

Research shows that most rape victims are molested as children and that these children often grow into adulthood without ever receiving the proper counseling or treatment that is needed. Painfully aware that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are molested before reaching age 18, the McCracklins – husband and wife – have vowed to help stop child rape and molestation nationwide.

A lot of H2D Entertainment productions deal with child molestation and domestic violence. One day Constance McCracklin shared with her husband that she wanted to start a campaign. She began to do research, partly to come with a campaign name that was unique. God, she said, gave her the name S.C.R.A.M.

The McCracklins put together a Public Service Announcement to begin spreading the word about S.C.R.A.M. As the word spread, they increasingly became aware of people – someone within their inner circle – who had been dealing with the affects of molestation for years.

On victim told Constance McCracklin that the stage play "The Forgotten Son" had brought about deliverance in her life after dealing with the molestation incident for over 40 years. When the woman told her sister about the play and its healing affect, the sister revealed that she had been molested by the same man.

Sylvester McCracklin wrote "The Forgotten son." It was therapeutic for him also. He was molested at age 13, becoming locked into a cycle that made for difficult times as a kid and later as an adult. Eventually, he dug deep, coming up with "The Forgotten Son" as a way of saying, "Hey! If these things happen to you, please tell someone."

Through productions-plays such as "The Forgotten Son," H2D Entertainment brings to life myriad scenarios reflecting molestation and the aftermath, including getting help and the road to recovery. There are no watered-down versions.

For example, "The Forgotten Son" details the story of a young woman who is drugged at a college party, raped and ends up pregnant. Seven years later, she meets the rapist – whom she does not recognize with an altered appearance – and begins a relationship with him that leads to marriage. Her new husband begins to violate her son and does not realize that the boy actually is his biological son.

One of the lessons, said Constance McCracklin, is that so many women put their trust in men so quick without reservation.

After all of its productions, H2D offers free counseling through its partnership with various companies and organizations that provide trained and certified counselors to help victims. H2D funding extends into the first few months of counseling. The funds are drawn from sales of tickets, books, T-shirts and CDs.

H2D is partnered with The Pursuit of God Transformation Center and the 7 P's Outreach Program; Nicole Gates, executive director of Successful Single Moms Memphis; and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for children. Sponsors include Aquila & Pricilla Marriage Ministries, Kingdom Living Life Center, Tammy's Mobile Spa Service, Raffine Entertainment, G.E.M.S., Finding My Way with Kayla Padgett, The Sharen Rooks Agency, and the 2Unique Community Salvation Foundation.

(For more information, visit www.h2dentertainment.com or call 901-691-9856. S.C.R.A.M. T-shirts are now available at www.h2d ­entertainment.com. The cost is $10, with proceeds going to CASA and other selected child advocacy centers.)

(Roshunda Buchanan is publisher of 2Unique Magazine and founder of the 2Unqiue Community Salvation Foundation. She can be reached at thisis2unique @gmail.com. Websites: www.2uniquecsf.org; www.2ushoe.homestead.com.)

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+1 #1 Constance McCracklin 2012-11-29 19:45
We would like to personally thank Tri-State Defender Memphis for publishing the article about the growing national and global problem of child rape and molestation. You all are awesome! Thanks for the support!
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