Tom "Taylor" Pyles is a child abuse survivor and the founder The Blue Ribbon Project. He has been a police officer with Annapolis Police Department for over a decade and is assigned as a Detective in the Criminal Investigations Section. When not working, you'll find him spending time with his family and out enjoying the countryside on two wheels.
One of the best tools in fighting child abuse is having the ability to recognize it when it's occurring. In our Speak Up...Speak Out program, the signs of abuse and neglect are discussed and case studies are provided. Please note this presentation shows the true realities of child abuse and there are graphic images that are included with the presentation. In this program, we will discuss the signs of abuse and what to be on the lookout for, what to do when you suspect abuse, disclosures, supporting the child, as well as mandated reporting in Maryland. We will also speak about foster care and the long term effects of child abuse and neglect.
It should be noted the second half of this program discusses investigations and pattern of injury and is graphic in nature. Our task is not to offend you but to show the realities of abuse within our own communities. Taylor will also discuss his own childhood and how he was placed into care. This presentation is an excellent program and is a real eye opener intended for adults only. This program is used in the training and teaching of law enforcement officers, fire fighters, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Foster Parents, Teachers, among others. We also cover Mandated Reporting in the State of Maryland. CEU's will be provided for those who require them. Seating is limited in each of our classes and registration is required. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided This is a free program with no cost to you (but donations are always welcome).
This program is offered publicly at our facility in Crownsville as well as private training through various agencies and organizations. Please Contact Us to make arrangements or to learn more about his program.
Tom "Taylor" Pyles founded The Blue Ribbon Project in 2013 as a support network for Child Abuse Survivors and to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect.
They say what doesnât kill you makes you stronger. Thatâs certainly the case when it comes to author and public speaker Keith Edmonds. Experiencing a childhood marred by tragedy, he was faced early on with choices no child should ever have to make. âWhen something tragic in life occurs, you have three choices: you can bottle it up, develop resentment, or face the situation head-on â the third being the choice Iâve made.â It is with this resilient attitude that Keith, despite the resonating effects of his tragedy, has been able to build a life he loves and share his story with others.
The events at Penn State may have been a trigger for many men. This article address how to help them begin, or continue to heal.
This article may not have the festive cheer I would hope for this time of year. Unfortunately my mind has been occupied and my heart heavy with the news of scandal at Penn State. This article will be an important on to remember as you gather this season with your friends and family for all of the men in you life, or yourself.
It is refreshing when I hear and read survivor stories...The "survivor" attitude is something I can relate to...and it's great to see people go from "victim" to "survivor". During my journey as a survivor, I've met some great people along the way. One of those is Aprel Phelps Downey. On this page is more information on Aprel's book, "Mending The Broken Parts". It's not always easy to make the journey to survivor.
Regina's book is probably one of the best books I have read when it comes to survivors of abuse. It's an incredible read and an incredible inspiration for adult survivors of abuse. This book was instrumental in my coming forward and speaking more about my childhood experiences as well as the formation of The Blue Ribbon Project.
(From Amazon) Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope.
Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons.
A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all.
Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.
From early childhood, Rosa finds herself in a constant struggle of survival where she is let down by every adult around her except her dear grandfather, Nonno. But Nonno, her only stability in life, has to leave for Italy and then her parents subsequently divorce. Her motherâs work means Rosa is left in the most dangerous hands possible; the hands of a sexual predator.
While this book doesn't fall in-line with Child Abuse, it does tell a remarkable story about SURVIVAL after a trauma. This book also hits somewhat close to home as I both live and work in the city in which this happened. When I first joined Annapolis Police, I did not know Jennifer Wheately-Wolf. In 2010, I heard the rumblings of a "cold case". I then began looking into the case. I discovered that some of my co-workers had worked this case.
You see, back in 1988, Jennifer Wheatley-Wolf became the victim of one of the most serious crimes imaginable. For many years, the person responsible had walked free from prosecution....until a fingerprint hit came back in 2010 and the case moved full steam ahead. It wasn't until things were in motion that I had the opportunity to meet Jennifer and see the outcome of the case. It was Jennifer's book that helped me continue my growth as a survivor and not a victim. It is for this reason, I feel her book is important, even for survivors of child abuse. Jennifer has also been a huge supporter of this website and our mission in helping others.Please check out her book...you will not regret it!
As we matured into adulthood, the whole process of growing up and making a life of our own entailed a great deal of new responsibility. Letâs face it, nobody wants to deal with the chores of daily living, among the most dreaded and overlooked being management of oneâs finances. We all love money, thatâs what we all work so hard for, to earn money and save and spend it as we see fit. Unfortunately, earning money also entails keeping track of your expenditures in order to be fully aware of how much money you have to spend, and how much youâve socked away for the future or a ârainy day.â
Carrying yourself with Dignity and Respect is somewhat of an acquired skill and will take time. Take a moment and think about what your goals are and any mission you may be on. What I want to stress to you is this is not some lesson on prim and proper snobby rich folk technique...It's not about that. It's about the impression you make on people.