Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Gymnasts' wrenching testimonies detail doctor's sexual abuse, cast light on dark Olympic secret

As adults we have power The power now, its time to do something about ending Child Sexual Abuse. Watch this become motivated and join us on our mission to end Childhood Sexual Abuse.
At a remarkable sentencing hearing in Michigan, more than 100 girls and women have confronted the man who abused them sexually for years about the lasting psychological scars. Larry Nassar worked for USA Gymnastics for 29 years, including as a team doctor for four Olympic Games, and at Michigan State University. Judy Woodruff talks with Christine Brennan of USA Today.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


For those offering volunteer services, we finally put together our volunteer program, which you can now register on-line Please feel free to check it out!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

We Need Your Help

We need your help getting child sexual abuse prevention mainstream! As we continue gaining momentum and raising awareness through our art, we need your help. Your altruistic gesture of purchasing our book will tangibly function in a variety of ways. You will possess a thought-provoking work to be shared with friends and family. You will have made a monetary contribution to Childhood Fractured and our mission of raising awareness and preventing child sexual abuse through contemporary art. You will inspire us to continue doing this work. You will be a part of one of the most necessary grassroots movements of the 21st century. You will continue to become part of the solution. We need your help. 
Child sexual abuse is the most under-reported, underrepresented, and under talked about epidemic that one could reason. Let’s look at the numbers. On the lowest end of the spectrum, we have 1 in 10 children face sexual abuse before the age of 18. On the highest end – 63%. This topic needs to go mainstream. We need to garner and foster civic involvement in every level of our society and in every corner of the world. If we don’t then who will?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Art Next Level pod cast conversation about Childhood Fractured


Art Next Level pod cast

Thank you Sergio Gomez for taking the time to Talk to Derek and I about Childhood Fractured and having us on your program.

Childhood Fractured: A Narrative, Gallery Opening and Book Release

“Childhood Fractured: A Narrative” is a special collaborative project featuring Pilsen-based visual artist Allen Vandever, writer Derek Hopkins, and documented by filmmaker Cheryl Manaligod. The team produced a 6-part live painting series at the Ravenswood gallery. With the series complete, Awakenings is pleased to present an exhibit of completed work. The show will open with a reception on Friday, October 20th at 6pm.

The live painting series provided a chance to witness healing unfold through the visual and narrative acts. The paintings aim to normalize the male voice that is often silent in discussions of sexual abuse. The Childhood Fractured team aims to end childhood sexual abuse through contemporary art, and Awakenings aims to make visible the artistic expression of survivors of sexual violence. Together, the two teams are thrilled to have completed this series, the first of its kind for both organizations.

Friday, October 20 at 6 PM - 9 PM
The Awakenings Foundation
4001 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60613

Link to event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1488521238114014/

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Art & Speaking Event - April 28, 2017 Childhood Fractured a Live Narrative part 2 Fracturing of a Child

Writing Excerpt & Event Recap
Derek Hopkins
Event Recap:
We were truly humbled to have another speaking & art event at the Awakening Foundation in Ravenswood. The event was well attended and we are so thankful to all those who showed up to support our cause and to view what we had in store with our initiative. As mentioned previously, writer Derek Hopkins (Co-Founder of Childhood Fractured) is authoring a full length book to document the creative process & stories told by Chicago artist Allen Vandever (Founder of Childhood Fractured).
Derek’s Writing Excerpt following Allen’s Painting: 
“Oh, the things these brown eyes have seen. Yes! They have seen sidewinding murals of life, or, all things beneath the human veneer. And again, we happened upon the familiar. Again, we ventured into the deep-waters of childhood sexual abuse. Allen was in front of the canvas, brave. Cheryl was taking up her cinematic angles. And I was ruminating in a chair. Allen was frantic. It was not difficult to discern from whatever veneer. He was taking heavy breaths behind a heavy mind. A heavy day this would be. He gripped the canvas with a heavy white primer. Anticipation was the blood coursing my veins. I took a choice glance at the audience. And of them I found beautiful shapes, yet, their paralleling countenance was not of beauty. They read of questions without answers. Their eyes were empathetic pools of veneration. Confusion and concern. Doubted by abstraction, or, perhaps, it is my own fear reflected in these English words”

Artist Allen Vandever Tells  His Story Trew words and paint