Thursday, January 02, 2014

★ Please Support Genital Integrity Awareness Week 2014 ★



The 21st Annual Genital Integrity Awareness Week (GIAW 2014) will be kicking off March 24th, and we need YOUR help to make this year's 7-day event a life-changing one. As advocates travel to D.C. to participate, and floods of tourists the world over gather in Washington D.C. for the height of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, it is imperative that everyone in attendance has easy to access materials on hand. Items that parents and professionals, young and old, from all backgrounds and locations in life will want to take home with them for further review. Making this happen takes a significant amount of planning and organization on the part of many people, and it also takes financial support.

If you have never been to GIAW in D.C., allow us to paint a quick picture:

You are standing with half a dozen others in front of the U.S. Capitol, and a group of 400 senior high students come up interested in what you have to share. Their teachers and chaperones are doing their best to shuffle them quickly by for a group picture and have them file back onto the bus. A lot of the time they are yelling at students to ignore demonstrators and to 'not take anything!' You have less than 5 minutes to talk with as many of these young people -- future parents who will be determining the rate of genital autonomy in the next generation -- as you can and get items into their hands that they will not toss onto the ground or into the trash, but actually want to take back with them, look up on their phone once they're on the bus, and hold onto for curiosity's sake.

This happens every single hour. Sometimes multiple times an hour. Sun-up to sun-down. The need is great. The impact is monumental. And we need your support in this important effort.


Below you can review how GIAW funds will be allocated and donate as an individual (first names and last initials only are included for privacy) or as a business sponsor with a link back to your site.

Individuals: If you are sponsoring in honor of someone, we invite you to include a note with your gift of any amount.

Businesses and Groups: Please include a note with your organization name/URL. Sponsors will be shared with the peaceful parenting Facebook and Twitter communities, as well as the Saving Our Sons and Genital Integrity Awareness Week audiences on both social networks. Businesses donating $100 or more will also have a hyperlinked image or logo featured on the front page of DrMomma.org throughout the month of March. Google stats puts DrMomma readership at approximately 500,000/month, with 90,000+ on Facebook and Twitter. Sponsors will also be permanently listed at the Genital Integrity Awareness Week website and featured on the GIAW Facebook page. View 2013 sponsors here.

If you have an item you wish to auction to benefit GIAW, email SavingSons@gmail.com

All Supporters: For any donation of $30 or more, we invite you to select one of the Thank You Gift Packs below. Gift packs for donations through 3.18.14 have been shipped. For those donating toward GIAW after this date, gifts will ship April 1. Please email your name, mailing address, and pack selection to SavingSons@gmail.com to receive the shipment.

Note that the GIAW event and peaceful parenting are not registered as federal charities as of Jan 2014, and therefore donations are not currently IRS tax deductible. All activities and events hosted happen because of voluntary efforts and grassroots action and fundraising.

On behalf of the next generation of babies to be born, and the adults they will become -
Thank you for your support!


Code for sharing via email:

By Mail To:

Peaceful Parenting
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Progress To Goal (Updated 3/25):
$2679 raised


GIAW Business Sponsors
Please visit and support these baby-friendly businesses!

Placenta Benefits.info
Placenta encapsulation specialists and training globally.
Local services and meetings from PBi's founder in Las Vegas, NV.


Butterfly Family Support Services
Counseling and lactation services with a focus on the prenatal and postpartum periods.
Serving families in Omaha, Nebraska and surrounding areas.


Amber Lien Images
Professional photography in Griswold, Jewett City and surrounding areas of Connecticut.




Hampton Roads Placenta Encapsulation
Serving expecting and new mothers in Hampton Roads, Virginia and surrounding areas.



Earth Mama Birth
Serving families in Howell, Michigan and surrounding areas.



Know Better, Do Better Birth Services
Serving families in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas.



Mt. Hope Herb Farm and Greenhouse
Hope, Michigan



Intact Michigan
Public Page | Private Discussion Group



Intact Tennessee
Public Page | Private Discussion Group


✰ Semi-Crunchy Creations
Fleece shorts, pants, reusable snack bags, wet bags, pail liners, breast pads and more!


✰ German Made Easy
Universal App for iPad and iPhone


✰ Life Blooms Birth Services
Serving families in Livonia, Michigan and surrounding areas


✰ Honeybuns Cloth Diapers


✰ New Life Images
(business link currently unavailable)



The Village Midwife
Serving families in Hampton Roads, Virginia and surrounding areas.



Top Shelf Cleaning
Professional cleaning in Virginia Beach, Virginia and surrounding areas.


GIAW Individual Sponsors

Nick B.

Danelle F.

Amber C.
"In honor of Collin, who I couldn't save."

Jessica S.
"In honor of my three brothers; because I was protected and they were not."

Vivi M.

"Celebrating Phineas ~ the first boy to be intact in many generations."

Dana C.
"In honor of the babies we have not been able to save, but those whose suffering we will not forget."

Erin D.
"In honor of the two boys I tried so hard to save, but failed."

Danielle H.
"In honor of the boy I circumcised with my own two hands before I knew better.
It is the biggest regret of my life. Thankfully, I knew better before I had a son of my own."

Erin B.

Gillian L.

Elizabeth P.
"I'm giving toward GIAW because I cannot be there this year and I'm so grateful to those who will be there advocating!
And also because you saved MY son - in hopes that this can save another sweet boy."

Craig A.

Danielle O.

Amanda S.

Candice Y.

Kari O.

Courtney J.

Nancy J.

Christina K.

Lindsey M.

Dana G.
"For my brother, who was not protected, while I was."

Brian T.
"Your mission impacts millions. We hope to help in some small way."

Larry M.

Meghan N-P.

Kenneth S.

Gary H.

Robberto P.

Louise R.

Emily B.
"Everyone ought to have the right to inhabit the body they were born with. Let's spread the word!"

Sarah V.

Gary B.

Dolores S.

Greg R.

Jennifer C.

Heather R.

Kathryn C.

Amanda H.

Tabitha M.

Christina L.

Virginia M.

Candice A.

Taryn M.

Carrie D.

Marigrace M.

Jennifer E.

Tabitha M.

Elizabeth S. 

Jessica S.
"In honor of our beautiful, intact son, Harlan."

Cody B.



Budget Breakdown
Note: Materials will only be ordered in the quantities that funding is raised for.
These are the numbers that have been needed during past GIAW events in D.C. and those we are working to fund for 2014.

Banners and Signs = $700
(if there is a sign you'd like to see professionally created for use at GIAW and future events, email SavingSons@gmail.com)

Postcards, Info Cards, Flyers, Brochures, DVDs, Printed Matter = $1,200

Bracelets (the most popular item given away; 200/day) = $1,050

Buttons / Pins (variety) = $490

GA Kids Crafts & Clothesline Event = $200
Event details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/219799804887671

 Water Bottles, Tote Bags, Stickers, Magnets, Pens = $400
(these additional items will only be acquired if full funding is reached)

Total: $4,040

Not included in this budget is the cost for GIAW hosts to travel to D.C. from Florida and Virginia ($500) and to stay in D.C. for 8 nights ($3,000). David Wilson, of Stop Infant Circumcision Society and founder of GIAW, has been making this journey by his own sacrifice for the past 21 years. Leaders with Saving Our Sons have done the same for the past 7 years. Hotel rooms are being shared by a number of families and participants to reduce cost. Many are making plans to sleep on floors in order to be there to participate in this educational and awareness raising event. We sincerely appreciate all that GIAW hosts and planners do! There would be no event without you. ❤

Find links to all GIAW 2014 Events Here *


Thank You Gifts for You


To receive a thank you gift for your donation of $30 or more, email SavingSons@gmail.com with your name, mailing address, the pack of your choice (A, B, or C), and the bracelets of your choosing. UPDATE: All gift packs have been shipped as of 3.18.14 Donations to GIAW made after this date will ship on April 1. 

A) Advocate Gift Pack ($19 Value)

2 Advocacy Bracelets (select from those here
1 GIAW 2014 Commemorative Button Pin
1 Additional advocacy button or bracelet of your choice (buttons and bracelets here)
2 "His Body, His Choice" Ink Pens
Set of 100 info cards to share (4 different styles - or you may select any from those here)

B) Baby Gift Pack ($18 Value)

12 pack of Calmoseptine skin/rash cream donated by Calmoseptine Ointment [Thee best for baby bums and any irritation on skin of all ages!]
2 Advocacy Bracelets (select from those here
1 GIAW 2014 Commemorative Button Pin
1 "His Body, His Choice" Ink Pen
Set of 26 info cards to share (2 styles)

C) No-Baby Gift Pack ($20 Value)

12 pack of Durex Lubricated (Rainbow Colors) Latex Condoms donated by Durex [Number one rated condom in the world.]
2 Advocacy Bracelets (select from those here
1 GIAW 2014 Commemorative Button Pin
1 "His Body, His Choice" Ink Pen
Set of 26 info cards to share (2 styles)




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2 comments:

  1. This is an incredible opportunity to have a huge impact on the future genital integrity of many unborn babies! I have attended GIAW for the past 8 years, this makes my 9th. We talk with uncountable numbers of young people touring the Capitol. Those that are being hurried on by chaparones are taking pictures like crazy of all the banners - all of our signs have websites on them. We just tell the youth "Go to the website" as they click pictures with their cell phones. BUT, not all are being hurried and many are able to get a full education on the structure and function of the foreskin, the sexual impact of circumcision, the lack of equal protection under law, the violation of medical ethics, the root cause of the medicalization of circumcision: to curb masturbation. They are amazed and they take it all in like sponges. We do HUGE work here!!! The future parents are the ones who will end this. Please help those of us who are able to be there to make sure we don't run out of information to give them. If you can't come, send a donation - every little bit helps!

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  2. I would love to be there, but may not make it this year. Had a great time last year! Thank you to everyone for the great work you do!

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