» » Road to Change: The Walk to Stop the Silence, Stop Child Sexual Abuse (2017)

Short summary

Across the world, 1 in 5 children will be sexually abused before the age of 18. In 2013, Matthew McVarish, actor and child sexual abuse survivor, walked 10,000 miles around Europe on 'Road To Change-Walk' to 'Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse'. In 2015, he returned to Scotland hailed a hero.

The walk started from London on 31st May 2013.

Matthew McVarish walked to and spoke in 29 different countries over a period of 20 months.

The project survived on public and very occasional corporate donations. The total amount raised was almost £60k.

A small team of two or three on the road supported McVarish on his mission.

McVarish and some of the team met with the Pope at the Vatican in September 2014, where both McVarish and the project were blessed.

Mcvarish was awarded an Honorary Doctorate upon his return.

McVarish was awarded the prestigious title of Top Scot in November 2014 for his tremendous efforts.

The project was designed over the period of a year as part of the European programming for Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.

The project was overseen and facilitated by several international non-governmental organisations including: The Moira Anderson Foundation (Scotland) Ariel Foundation International (America) Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc. (America) Innocence In Danger (France) Not On Our Watch Foundation (America) Raphael Foundation International (Scotland)

The Statutes of Limitations is a time frame put on reporting a crime, limiting how long it can be reported after the incident. McVarish was walking to raise awareness of this legislation and ultimately to have the time frame on reporting child sexual abuse across the EU abolished.

Most of the documentary was shot on a Canon EOS 600d, and occasionally an iPhone 4.

The project made national TV, radio and press news in almost every country visited.

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