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The HOSTs of our shows are all NAASCA volunteers / survivors. Episodes feature Special Guests, Special Topics and / or News.
All our talk shows are recorded and are later available as "on demand" podcasts. Descriptions include links to supporting materials.

Episodes - 2021 Original Air Date Description
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2770

Special guest ?
Friday
10/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2769

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
10/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen (Bobbie Joy) from Milford, Massachusetts. Her award winning memoir, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' describes her childhood world of violence. She was victimized from age 2 to 8 by her grandfather, sexually assauted at 11-12 by a youth pastor, raped at age 18, and suffered sexual addictions in her marriage causing severe Complex trauma resulting with PTSD. After 38 years, Bobbie Joy now facilitates 'Beauty Out of Ashes' support group and has had many media interviews, including the 'Dr. Oz Show'. Her Humanitarian Aid Work has taken her to the Philippines, and a 4 minute YouTube film of her experience can be seen on her website, www.listentothecry.org. She has a God given passion, purpose & advocacy calling to help survivors everywhere including prisoner's & sex offenders all over the world. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2768

Special guest ?
Wednesday
10/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2767

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional -Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
10/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2766

Special guest Peter Elsley
Monday
10/11/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Tonight's special guest is Peter Elsley from Ontario, Canada.

-- much more info to come --
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2765

Special guest ?
Friday
10/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2764

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
10/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2763

Special guest Robert Kahn
Wednesday
10/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Robert Kahn from Fernley, Nevada, who will introduce us to his children's safety book series. Currently there are eight (8) books, developed these books from his Children's Safety Program which he taught as a D.A.R.E. Officer with a County Sheriff's Department. "Over my sixteen (16) year career" he says, "this program saved 44+ children from abduction."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2762

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Tina Medina, councellor and author
Tuesday
10/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr. Tina Medina from Kansas City, Kansas, sexually molested as a child by her uncle. In recovery, Tina is now a professional writer specializing in public relations, community/media relations, technical and grant writing. "My book series explains how God is capable of healing the wounded spirit of a sexual abuse victim," she says. "The journey to sexual abuse recovery is all about taking tiny steps to release pent up feelings," Tina explains. For her, the spiritual aspect of inner healing is crucial for her full recovery. "My spirit is the essence of me and it needed to be healed in order for me to be creative and fulfilled. Walking those baby steps are huge healing steps because it is our version of walking on water. What was once thought to be impossible is now very much attainable. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2761

Special guest ?
Monday
10/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2760

Special guest Maria Vinci-Savettiere
Friday
10/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Tonight's special guest is Maria Vinci-Savettiere, Esq, from Morris County, New Jersey,  Executive Director of Deirdre's House.

-- much more info to come --
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2759

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Bill Murray, NAASCA founder, 12 Step Recovery
Thursday
09/30/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans over 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2758

Special guest ?
Wednesday
09/29/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2757

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
09/28/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2756

Special guest Amber Jewell
Monday
09/27/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Amber Jewell, LMSW, from Kansas, a returning NAASCA family member and a survivor of many kinds of child abuse, neglect and hurt. She spent many years in foster care along with being in homes fueled by addictions and mental illness. Amber endured a social stigma that many at-risk kids experience as she fought the years of psychological and emotional abuse. As a young adult, Amber faced the risk of death due to long-term effects of child abuse. It was at that time that Amber really began trampling through a deep, adult process towards her own healing. 'Finding Hope: The 12 Keys to Healing Hardship, Hurt, and Sorrow' is Amber's newly released self-help book, available at www.amberjewell.org.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2755

Special guest Jillian Coburn
Friday
09/24/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jillian Coburn from Houston, Texas, a returning NAASCA family member who was last with us in 2014. "I am a survivor of 30 years of multiple types of abuse. Throughout the years I managed to continue pursuing my goals & achieved by far more than I could have ever imagined." A paralegal and author, she's an activist, advocate, speaker and mentor for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2754

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor-professional: Nissi Hamilton: coach, foster care, human trafficking
Thursday
09/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Nissi Hamilton from Houston, Texas, was born to an adolescent mother who had herself been sexually trafficked by extended family members from 11 to 13. "When I was born I was left in the hospital," she says. "Where I was born is still a mystery to me still to this day." In foster care Nissi was abused starting at 14. "I was considered aged out foster care," she reports. "I lived in an empty apartment owned by housing authorities until I was officially kicked off of the property. At 15, I was homeless, no family, no food, no shelter and no one to call mom." But, "Today, I am a proud activist, motivational speaker, coach and life style influencer." Nissi goes on, "I teach young girls and woman how to not come into agreement with the spirit of poverty. Human trafficking is a type of poverty that requires a demonic contract." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2753

Special guest Victoria Kelly and friends
Wednesday
09/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Victoria Kelly from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a long-time NAASCA family member / volunteer. She will be accompanied by a couple friends who are helping her with the AHHHS Event on Sat, Sept 25 (A Helping Hand for Healing Souls). The day-long event (10am to 8pm) will be held both locally, in Fridley, Minnesota, and virtually over ZOOM. It will include multiple presentations for adults (parents and survivors) and for children. Many notable speakers will be featured, too. Contact Victoria for more detailed information: AHHHS1@yahoo.com. She certainly knows her stuff! Victoria was abused almost from birth in nearly every way imaginable, sexually, physically and mentally. Eventually she became reclusive and withdrawn, and began to disassociate, a condition that was later in life diagnosed as MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder), now known as DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). Victoria eventually spent years going in and out of mental hospitals, where she actually was grateful. At least the staff was kind and helpful. "I went to a wonderful psychiatrist and she help me for 13 years with MPD / the ID." She'd been drinking in her youth but sobered up with help from a 12 step group. Her sexual promiscuity led her to numerous bad adult relationships. It took a long time to find the right therapist and path to recovery but now she's integrated and years ago things finally started to come together. Life's still not perfect but now she's active helping the struggling. Among other things, Victoria works to end domestic and sexual violence. She attends support groups, speaks out at rallies and conferences, supports police, volunteers at shelters, and works directly with women and children to get their basic needs filled: food shelter and clothing.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2752

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
09/21/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2751

Special guest Darlene Clark
Monday
09/20/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Darlene J Clark from Pulaski, Tennessee, a returning NAASCA family member. She's a survivor of severe child abuse and author of 'Born In A Living Hell,' about her tortuous childhood. She relates, “I was abused, basically since birth. As a child, I had believed everyone gets abused during growing up." She explains, From the army line-up being whipped either with a switch, belt or whip to being shot at in my dad's crazy game of hide and go seek, and worrying about whether this was going to be the day they murdered.” When she was 4, her aunt grew tired of picking up the five kids (ages 2 through 6) repeatedly abandoned by their mother at a grocery store, so her mom and dad divorced. Her father remarried, as Darlene describes, “Dad met my stepmom who I loved because we have a meal every day, a bed to sleep in, instead of having to eat raw oatmeal from a box because both parents abandoned seven of us for a week. My stepmom later was crude. She would dip my nose in manure, drag me through the house by my hair, kick me in the rump while doing dishes, and held me down while her son raped me. I even got beaten for sneaking out to worship God.” Overhearing her stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother planning to kill her and make it look like suicide, Darlene married her boyfriend before the plan could be enacted. An online support group inspired her to write her book, because the others were unable to write their own. She would be telling their stories as she told her own. The book talks about just some of the events Darlene endured as a child to 18 years old. She shares. "I am triumphant over the abuse, so now I share my story to help others."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2750

Special guest Aland Stamps
Friday
09/17/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Aland Stamps from Bay City, Michigan, a former foster youth who grew up in foster care during the late 70's and 80's after his mother, who was a heroin addict, eventually lost her parenting rights as a result of her addiction. After 11 years in foster care and 20 different placements (foster homes, group homes and institutions), Aland aged out of foster care and into homelessness. Within the first two and a half years of aging out, Aland couch-surfed, became a crack addict and alcoholic. He ate out of soup kitchens daily and bounced around from homeless shelter to homeless shelter on the streets of the Cass Corridor in Detroit. He was in a near-fatal car accident, sold drugs to support his own drug habit, was convicted of three felony drug charges and sentenced up to 20 years in prison for probation violations and felony assault. Aland served 7 of that 20-year sentence before being released. Aland shares his story and recovery principals to youth across Michigan and he has started the first-ever foster care recovery support group for anyone who has experienced foster care regardless of age. Foster youth are resilient. Finding jobs, building businesses, graduating from college, and other steps to success are all things a current or former foster youth can do with ease. They are naturally fighters. However, living, enjoying, and sustaining those things are a challenge for those who haven't found recovery. River Jordan, Inc. has a system that works because its programs and services have elements of best-practice models including 'California's First Place For Youth' housing model and the evidence based Peer Support model.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2749

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
09/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, an educator, consultant, author, and Minister, who promotes prevention and healing from child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters, is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. A four day online workshop will be held in October. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2748

Special guest Claudia P Marulanda
Wednesday
09/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Claudia P Marulanda from New York City, New York, who is  originally from Colombia. Her child abuse started early. "I was abused by two individuals when I lived in my country," she says. "One was a family member, my mother's cousin, and I believe the abuse started when I was very young. I might have been four or five years old, possibly younger. The second person who abused me was a man who lived in the house and I was about 7 years of age." Claudia was also abused in America. "When I was 10 years old, I came to live to the USA, and this is when my stepfather sexually abused me." Claudia explains, "At 19 I became pregnant with my son. Luckily I was able to finish college and graduated with an Art and Advertising degree. I became an Art Director in the Publishing industry until I hit an emotional rock bottom, as I like to call it." She continues, "My healing journey started right before age 40. I had hit an emotional rock bottom and it led me to enroll in a self-development course. This is where the opportunity to speak about what had happened came up. I refused to talk about it at first, but something within me told me to let it out." Claudia has been doing well. "I'm a visual artist and I realized that art played a huge roll in my healing journey. I started drawing and painting when I hit the emotional rock bottom. Art is basically what has helped me express myself and it has helped me reflect on my life. I'm now beginning to do art workshops and courses to support women in their healing using art as the vehicle."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2747

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
09/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2746

SPECIAL SHOW -- Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor and Board Member, Penelope Benis
Monday
09/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
SPECIAL SHOW: Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-family member, using an OPEN MIKE forum. ~~ Led by Penelope Benis, members of our NAASCA Board will take a deep dive into NAASCA's mission of child abuse intervention, prevention and recovery. We will take a close look at the breadth of NAASCA's programs such as our Global Recovery Group, Worldwide Ambassador Program, the Recovery Groups on ZOOM and BlogTalkRadio talk shows, our healing as an adult recovery resources and so much more. We will let you know how to navigate through our website to find articles, statistics, protecting our kids, about our founder and how to become more involved as a volunteer at NAASCA. It's going to be an informative and enjoyable show. How well are we doing? What could be eliminated and what added to contribute to our mission statement? MISSION: We have a single purpose at NAASCA, to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect .. and we do so with only two goals: (1) educating the public, especially as related to helping society get over its taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse (CSA), presenting facts showing child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone, and (2) offering hope and healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery ~~ Are we helping the community .. the survivor? ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2745

Special guest Chrissy Marie
Friday
09/10/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Chrissy Marie from Turlock, California, born the only child of parents who were very loving and are still married, going on 53 years. "My older cousin was my abuser," she says. "I do not recall anything before the abuse. My earliest memory is preschool age." Chrissy goes on, "I remember being so confused and feeling scared anytime he was around, and he was around me a lot. It lasted until after I was married and only stopped when I came out about the abuse. I was 26 then, for a total of over 20 yrs." Chrissy started therapy for the first time in her mid 20s. Professional services helped her a lot. "I have spent a lot of time in patient in the psych hospital as well I have been in therapy on and off thru my adult life. Currently I'm in therapy and have 8 ½ years clean from meth & opiates I still have a lot of flashbacks. I've grown a lot in the past couple of years. I feel stronger than I ever have but still feel angry often." Chrissy has not yet started talking to help adult survivors of child abuse victims today, but says she'd like to in the future. Nor has she yet spoken to groups, saying, "Not yet, but I'm so thankful to be participating in this [talk show].
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2744

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
09/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen (Bobbie Joy) from Milford, Massachusetts. Her award winning memoir, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' describes her childhood world of violence. She was victimized from age 2 to 8 by her grandfather, sexually assauted at 11-12 by a youth pastor, raped at age 18, and suffered sexual addictions in her marriage causing severe Complex trauma resulting with PTSD. After 38 years, Bobbie Joy now facilitates 'Beauty Out of Ashes' support group and has had many media interviews, including the 'Dr. Oz Show'. Her Humanitarian Aid Work has taken her to the Philippines, and a 4 minute YouTube film of her experience can be seen on her website, www.listentothecry.org. She has a God given passion, purpose & advocacy calling to help survivors everywhere including prisoner's & sex offenders all over the world. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Th. eir trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2743

Special guest Crista Johnston
Wednesday
09/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Crista Johnston from Nashville, Tennessee, a child abuse survivor, an activist and a future writer. Christa was adopted when she was 3 weeks old, " .. to take care of my adoptive dad's sexual gratification needs," (for all the things her adoptive mother would not do). "So I was raped hundred of times," she says, beginning at 4 or 5 and lasting for 8-9 years. "I was trafficked, exploited, enslaved, and abused mentally, emotionally, physically and sexually." After she came forward to the police and confessed, but they did nothing, and her father was allowed back into the house in 30 days. "Pure hell! I felt fear, hurt, and betrayed," she explains. "I moved from home as soon as I graduated from high school and moved to Chicago 10 years later." Crista reports, "I have anxiety, depression, insomnia, and C-PTSD and have been in therapy since I was 13 years old. "But I really started healing when I had my abuser arrested last year on my birthday. Now I look forward to healing on a daily basis for the rest of my life." Crista is moving forward. "I just completed a training where I am now a Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. I am working with mental health diagnosis, specializing in Trauma and Child Abuse. I want to help survivors heal because my case is the second in all of TN that had my abuser arrested after decades (there is an 11 year window with no SOL). I have spoken about my abuse in groups which has www.fromvictimtosurvivor.org, and hopes to write her memoir, a 'tell all' book.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2742

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Tina Medina, councellor and author
Tuesday
09/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr. Tina Medina from Kansas City, Kansas, sexually molested as a child by her uncle. In recovery, Tina is now a professional writer specializing in public relations, community/media relations, technical and grant writing. "My book series explains how God is capable of healing the wounded spirit of a sexual abuse victim," she says. "The journey to sexual abuse recovery is all about taking tiny steps to release pent up feelings," Tina explains. For her, the spiritual aspect of inner healing is crucial for her full recovery. "My spirit is the essence of me and it needed to be healed in order for me to be creative and fulfilled. Walking those baby steps are huge healing steps because it is our version of walking on water. What was once thought to be impossible is now very much attainable. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Holly Davy
Monday
09/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Holly Davy from Saginaw, Michigan. She was sexually abused from age 5 to 10 by an older male cousin, a violent young man who later killed 4 men and is currently serving life in a Super Max prison. "I didn't speak of my abuse to anyone until I was 26 years old," she says. "I finally told my mother when I was 34. I felt so much shame, guilt, disgust and fear about it that I feared anyone knowing so deeply that I could not bring myself to discuss it with anyone. I held in all the pain, which now crushes me because I have a daughter who is 6 years old and I cannot wrap my head around someone her age holding all that in." Holly goes on, "Shortly after my abuser moved away my younger sister was diagnosed with Leukemia and treated at a hospital 3 hours from our home. The next 5 years my parents were non-existent in my life. My older sister had a boyfriend she spent all her time with, so from the age of 11-16 I was basically left to fend for myself. This left me with abandonment and neglect issues on top of the sexual abuse." Fortunately, Holly found her way to recovery. "I'm finally FREE and at peace and have self love. I hate to use the word grateful, but it's the closest word to describe how I feel about my past because it's made me be able to truly understand others in times of suffering and has given me the ability to help others through their struggles wherever they may be, and that is so powerful and a true gift. It's made me realize what I want to do and how I want to spend the rest of my life."
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Special guest Teresa Syms
Friday
09/03/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Teresa Syms from Woodstock, Ontario, a returning NAAACA family member. Teresa is a survivor of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. She was the youngest child born with a physical disability that delayed her ability to walk and was raised on a tobacco farm by a hard-working alcoholic father and an unstable deaf mother neither who knew how to love or nurture their children. She recalls being forced "to kneel on beer bottle caps nailed to plywood in front of a full-length mirror” as a frequent punishment. As a teen, Teresa used alcohol and tranquilizers to numb emotional pain and once attempted vehicular suicide. In 2003, Teresa walked away from her lifetime of abuse, neglect and trauma, the domestic abuse from a marriage of 23 years and a life that was slowly killing her. Not long into her second marriage, a marriage of 'true love', she was in a severe auto accident resulting in chronic injuries for 9 years. Having faced death, she found courage to break the cycle of generations of abuse and began her healing process. She wrote the award-winning book 'A Century of Secrets', detailing her journey to uncover the lies and overcome the adversity. Today she is a multiply certified empowerment coach who founded Teresa Syms Coaching where she specializes in offering programs for personal and professional growth to survivors of trauma. She is also certified as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and in Neurolinguistic Programming. Teresa uses her story as living proof to other survivors that “through courage and determination you can give yourself a brilliant future.” We are so glad to have Teresa return!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
09/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Lisa Zarcone
Wednesday
09/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lisa Zarcone from Massachusetts, a returning NAASCA family member and the NAASCA Ambassador for her state. A child abuse survivor and activist, she's the author of 'The Unspoken Truth, A Memoir.' Her book is about childhood neglect and abuse at the hands of her severely mentally ill mother and others. Lisa says, "I wrote my story to promote awareness for mental health issues, child safety and to bring a voice to so many who have the same unspoken truth as myself." She uses three words to describe her childhood experiences: horrific, disgusting and hideous. Her home life left a lot to be desired. "My mother would bring all types of strange people into our home, which set me up as prey." Lisa buried the abuse deep inside herself for years. In the 'The Unspoken Truth', she shares her story through the eyes of a child, giving the reader a first-hand view of abuse through the child's perspective. This is a profound look at her life as it has unfolded. Lisa gained her voice by validating her story, and she healed through the process. By looking at the views and perspective of the people in her life that hurt and abused her, she found understanding and forgiveness. It was a difficult journey to get to this point in her life, but she dug deep into her past and sifted through the rubble piece by piece. Lisa is passionate about advocating, raising awareness and pushing for change! Her motto is 'Embrace The Journey', because you never know what will fall into your path, and every moment is a valuable lesson.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Bill Murray, NAASCA founder, 12 Step Recovery
Tuesday
08/31/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Luke Wiersma
Monday
08/30/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Luke Wiersma from Dyer, Indiana. Luke was abused at 16 by  an older woman aged 22 who was a 'friend' of someone he was in school with. For the next two years she provided intoxicants to the boys and either convinced or forced them to do sexual things with her and she'd perform sexual acts on the youngsters. Luke, an addict, got hooked, and says, "I was under her control. The choice was following her lead and be able to get high, or to object and be sick because of withdrawal. Manipulation was her greatest tool. I did not want to be sick, so I did what was necessary to get the drugs I so badly needed." He became desperate. "Usually, I was too messed up to fight much. None of this is hard to do with someone who is drunk or high. I was unable to consent. Even if I was, I was only sixteen and was legally unable to. She was twenty-two and she knew what she was doing was wrong. I remember hearing banging, the sounds of screaming in excitement, and laughter. I do not know who's but these details stick with me to this day. I remember the park and the bathroom where this all happened." As high school ended so did the abuse. "This continued until I reached the age of eighteen. At the age of eighteen it all suddenly stopped. I am still to this day unsure why, but I thank God for this. Only thing I could think was I aged out. There was at least one other victim I know of but due to discretionary reasons I cannot include that in these writings. I did see him at one point attempt suicide and I attempted unsuccessfully 4 separate times." Thankfully, Luke got sober instead.
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Special guest Nikita Bacote
Friday
08/27/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nikita Bacote from Florence, South Carolina, who was in the Foster Care System. Her goal now is to give a voice to those who have none. My abuse started since I can remember," she says, ".. at 5." She continues, "My mother had men in and out of her life. The last one would almost beat us to death." But it got worse when she married Nikita's step-father. "While they were married he would abuse her then they would beat us so badly we would bleed through our clothes .. for years. It wasn't until one day she couldn't take it no more she went into a mental hospital and we went to Foster Care!!" She felt, ".. lonely, lost, hurt and just not wanting live anymore. I said no child should have to go through this." Nikita goes on, "I had to get plenty of counseling. I had to learn that those things that happened to me were not my fault, and to love myself, because no one never told me they love me unless they were told to. I still have moments of trying to slip back but now I am a mother of two beautiful girls I want them to know it's ok to have your moments but that I don't let it take me back to those dark place. God put people in my life to keep me motivated and push me out of my comfort zone." She concludes, "Every day is a fight to stay alive. But I push through it everyday through Grace and Mercy and God. Now I am an advocate for those who don't have a voice in the Foster Care System and everyone who needs my help has someone to speak to them."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Nissi Hamilton: coach - foster care, human trafficking
Thursday
08/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Nissi Hamilton from Houston, Texas, was born to an adolescent mother who had herself been sexually trafficked by extended family members from 11 to 13. "When I was born I was left in the hospital," she says. "Where I was born is still a mystery to me still to this day." In foster care Nissi was abused starting at 14. "I was considered aged out foster care," she reports. "I lived in an empty apartment owned by housing authorities until I was officially kicked off of the property. At 15, I was homeless, no family, no food, no shelter and no one to call mom." But, "Today, I am a proud activist, motivational speaker, coach and life style influencer." Nissi goes on, "I teach young girls and woman how to not come into agreement with the spirit of poverty. Human trafficking is a type of poverty that requires a demonic contract." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Chrissy Mariie
Wednesday
08/25/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Chrissy Marie from Turlock, California, born the only child of parents who were very loving and are still married, going on 53 years. "My older cousin was my abuser," she says. "I do not recall anything before the abuse. My earliest memory is preschool age." Chrissy goes on, "I remember being so confused and feeling scared anytime he was around and he was around me a lot. It lasted until after I was married and only stopped when I came out about the abuse. I was 26 then, for a total of over 20 yrs." Chrissy started therapy for the first time in her mid 20s. Professional services helped her a lot. "I have spent a lot of time in patient in the psych hospital as well I have been in therapy on and off thru my adult life. Currently I'm in therapy and have 8 ½ years clean from meth & opiates I still have a lot of flashbacks. I've grown a lot in the past couple of years. I feel stronger than I ever have but still feel angry often." Chrissy has not yet started talking to help adult survivors of child abuse victims today, but says she'd like to in the future. Nor has she yet spoken to groups , saying, "Not yet, but I'm so thankful to be participating in this [talk show].
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
08/24/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Pam Geoffroy
Monday
08/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Pam Geoffroy from Temiskaming Shores, Ontario, a child abuse survivor and an early years practitioner at Timiskaming Child Care Early Years Centre which provides a safe, positive learning environment for children and their families, respecting their cultural and linguistic differences. The agency's goal is to provide programs and services that will help promote the optimal growth and development of children. Pam was molested beginning at age 9 by a male friend of her aunt. "As soon as I was able, age 16," she says, "I moved out of the house. I was depressed and suicidal but determined to get out. I left for the summer and returned in the fall, when school started. I left again the following spring and was living on my own before my high school graduation." One can guess wat happened next. "I abused drugs and alcohol, and lived in a physically abusive relationship, but worked two and three jobs to be able to stay out of the family home. At age 18 I began to attend counselling. I wanted to protect others, so talked about it to anyone who would listen." Pam took her perpetrator to court. "At age 36 I found out he had molested several of my cousins, and it was then that I pressed charges. It took 2 years + to get through the court system, and it cost me some family members who choose to side with him and my mother, or who didn't want to ‘rock the boat.'" He was not convicted but that didn't stop Pam from serving the community. "I love working with families and children. And my passions include child abuse prevention and empowering women."
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Special guest Brian Morrison
Friday
08/20/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Brian Morrison from Scotland, UK, whose child abuse began at home. His mother struggled with mental problems and his father disappeared. He spent the bulk of his childhood in state-run care (similar to the US foster system) and he actually thinks of this time as a good experience. But he was dismissed from care as he was becoming 16, later finding out that kids who were still in the system at 16 became wards of the state. Brian found he was wasn't able to be comfortable at home so he took off to London. He fell in with less than upscale 'friends' and companions. Brian says, "Coming from a background of being brought up children's homes as a child, abuse, mental health, homelessness and 20 years of daily drinking / alcohol addiction till being given approx imately 6 months to live in March 2005 due to my alcohol dependency, before entering alcohol treatment on 30th June 2005." He goes on, "Having now been alcohol free since 30th June 2005 (15+ years) I have been helping as many people as possible, by mentoring those struggling with alcohol or new to recovery PLUS sharing my life story on Stages, TV and Radio to show there is a light at the end of the very dark tunnel of alcohol addiction." Brian may also write his own book "THE LIFE OF BRIAN" to share his story in the hope of it helping others. In any case he's staying busy. "I have also set up a social enterprise (community interest company) recently, by the name of BizSocial Networking, which aims to support those in recovery following struggles with alcohol addiction." Brian tell us he's the Founder of M.A.S.C.A. (Male Adult Survivors of Child Abuse), a new charity being set up in Scotland.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
08/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Stephen McEvoy
Wednesday
08/18/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Stephen McEvoy from Covington, Louisiana, who was sexually abused by clergy member at 12 yrs old. He says, "Today, as I reflect more and more about so many things throughout my past, it's a wonder that I survived. Raped as a child, became an alcoholic, felt suicidal, got sober, raised a family, owned businesses, suffered a fractured back, survived a stroke, was bitten by a poisonous snake, and relived the sexual abuse in my mind, leading once more to suicidal thoughts and feelings." He continues, "So much has happened over the past year and a half - states of deep depression, drinking, and having to confront the hell of the last 43 years. As each day passed, I wondered if and when it would all end." Stephen explains, "God may not answer me through his voice, but he answers through my family, friends, and even strangers who have come into my life, and those voices are strong. I thought God had abandoned me when I was abused. But it was the church who allowed it to happen, something I could not comprehend as a child. Instead my mind focused with tunnel-like vision on the person who assaulted me and the school where it happened. I don't know if I will ever feel comfortable stepping foot inside a church again, but at least I'm now able to have a relationship with God that isn't dictated by my past." Things are better now. "With the support of family, friends, co-workers and others, I've gained more and more strength. I realize now that my tears, when this topic takes center stage, are tears of joy, and not just pain, because of the support I've gained throughout this process. Finally, I have no more fear. I am a person, a son, a husband, a father, an uncle, and a grandfather."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
08/17/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Holli Kenley
Monday
08/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Holli Kenley from Rancho Mirage, California, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a California State Licensed Teacher. She holds a Master's Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage, Family, and Child. Holli currently works in the field of psychology as a speaker, and a workshop presenter. Through her gentle but powerful informative and restorative approach, Holli engages clinical and lay audiences, empowering them with strategies to embrace well and whole ways of being. She has been a six time peer presenter at the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists' Annual State Conferences and a featured or keynote speaker at college level clinical programs, state and national advocacy organizations, and educational institutions speaking on the topics of betrayal, cyber bullying, screen dependence, the power of self-worth, relapse, and sexual abuse recovery. She's also the author of multiple books, including 'Daughters Betrayed By Their Mothers: Moving From Brokenness To Wholeness' which is an intimate exploration into the lives of daughters who were wounded by their mothers and who chose wellness over victimhood. Their stories are a testament to the power of choice, perseverance, and resiliency. Another book is 'Breaking Through Betrayal: And Recovering The Peace Within', a ground-breaking book providing the readers with a proven process tailored specifically for recovery from betrayal injury of any kind. For the first time, those who have experienced 'betrayal' will understand why they have felt 'confused' and 'worthless'; and 'powerless'; and will be provided tools for 'breaking through their betrayal' and restoring their mind, body, and spirit.
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Special guest Annie Handy Prater
Friday
08/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Annie Handy Prater from Tampa, Florida, abused by her older brother starting at age 7. "My abuse was incest, rape, and there was some torture as well," she says. "The worst feeling I had was FEAR; however, I experienced shame, guilt, hopelessness, helplessness, anxiety, worthlessness, weakness, hurt, despair, and most of the time, I felt empty/numb." She knows there's a lot of work to do. "My healing journey is far from over, unfortunately. I still have a lot of shame and other negative feelings. I am currently doing talk therapy and EMDR with an amazing therapist. I had an open case against my brother for about 7 or 8 months, but they recently decided they cannot take my case. I still have issues with self-harm and overcoming all of the lies that he fed me." Annie explains, "Right now, I post on my Facebook about different feelings and ways of coping (healthy or not) that I have. I just try to be real about my journey. I wrote to the senate and congressman in the state of Missouri to try and bring attention to the shortcomings of the justice system. I have started a book, but who knows if that will ever get published." Annie hopes to inspire others. "It takes such incredible strength and bravery to break the silence after abuse. It is NEVER too late to heal, and if you don't give up, healing exists for every one of us. I know first-hand how painful and lonely and hopeless this journey feels, so please know that there are people out there who will sit with you IN the darkness and be your light. The most important piece I had to learn the hard way is that the only way out, is THROUGH."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Lena G Clark - mental health expert
Thursday
08/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Dr. Lena G. Clark from Alpharetta, Georgia, a Domestic Violence survivor, coach and author. She's an expert in the area of mental health. "My abuse was domestic abuse by my husband," she explains, "who committed suicide after being diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia." She goes on, "I started my healing journey a couple of years after my husband's death. I started writing my book, entitled 'An Amazing Mind'. Lena is now at peace. "I assist others by coaching and mentoring. Currently, I'm a Mindset Coach and I have a Ph.D. in mental health care." Lena regularly speaks at various groups, churches and schools. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Jessica Brown
Wednesday
08/11/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jessica Brown from Huntington, West Virginia. As a very young child she endured severe child sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, domestic violence and complex trauma at the hands of her biological father and older brother. "I was isolated and was not permitted to have friends, which was strictly enforced by whatever means necessary," she says. "My only friends were cats." Jessica goes on, "A radio played in the basement constantly so the neighbors couldn't hear the screams. He would tell me not to cry because it didn't hurt when he would beat me. There were constant battles with the neighbors where my dad would pull guns on the neighbors if they turned around in our driveway, which was at the end of a dead end street." It was a horrible life .. and only got worse. "Breaking the forced silence, I lived in and attempting to get help when I was 10 years old nearly cost me my life, but I knew he had to stop because my dad was dangerous." She goes on, "My brother picked up where my dad left off and he blamed me for the things that my dad did to him. Until the day he died in 2020, my brother made it his life's mission to punish me for what my dad did to him, everything from beating me with a belt and stealing my identity to trying to kill me with a butcher knife." Jessica's healing now. "We all have a story, you are not alone, life is a blank page waiting to be written, it's up to us to decide how we want our story to read. The one thing no one can ever take away from you is what you know and you never know what is possible if you never try."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
08/10/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Cathleen Pizzutello
Monday
08/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Cathleen Pizzutello from Robertsdale, Alabama, born in a New Jersey ghetto to a 15 year old prostitute and heroin addict. Given over to her mentally ill grandmother, her home life was torture with her hateful two sisters and her tortuous mother. "At 17 I moved out with my first room rental," Cathleen explains, "and the married couple's husband raped me. Many photographers approached me to photograph me, often drugging me." That was just the beginning, but now she's better, serving the community. "I dedicate my life to educating the world on the way our government trafficking children through our courts, embassies and Missing and Exploited Bureau. My mother after 63 years of denial reluctantly and privately admitted to not only what I had insisted happened in the family with my great grandfather (in great detail) of incest but also bestiality." Her grandmother was mentally ill. "I thought [she] was my mother, [and she] did regular enemas on me. I remember screaming and crying." At one point Cathleen thought of this as preparation for future abusers. "Occasionally my young mother would come to visit. I would observe furniture throwing and fighting. Grandfather would try to remove me," she says. "One day she invited me and my sisters to ride in her car but said I would have to be blindfolded. It was the last I saw the people I thought were my parents." Now in recovery she says, "It has only been my pursuit of Christ and His Mercy that my sons and I are alive today. I am looking to finish and publish our story."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2720

Special guest Nic Grover
Friday
08/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nic Grover from Hutto, Texas, who was abused physically, verbally and emotionally by her parents, primarily by her mother. Nic says, "The abuse started when I was 4, until the day I left for college (with my mom). And when it came to my dad, it continued until my early 20s." Diagnosed with PTSD, she recently started therapy. "I don't look at myself as a victim or survivor," Nic explains. "I guess, I don't identify as either. For me, it came down to restoring my faith in Christ, and really growing in my relationship with Him." She goes on, "Because of my abuse I isolated myself a lot and didn't have a lot of friends until I left for undergrad. I never felt valued or loved. For me it came down to writing and allowing myself some form of expression that no one could take away." Like many abused children, Nic survived because she left the area, out of her predators' reach. "I left for college, and for me it meant going 12 hours away from home. I recently started therapy. I was diagnosed with PTSD, and have had a few pretty bad breaks, causing me to reevaluate certain aspects of my life. It wasn't until 2020, when a lot of the world shut down and I finally realized that I couldn't do that anymore. It's a work in progress. It's hard, sometimes seems impossible, but I'm working on myself."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2719

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
08/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2718

Special guest Shannon McGraw Carr
Wednesday
08/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Shannon McGraw Carr from Kingwood, Texas. Her grandfather raped several generations of the family. She was so young when the abuse happened that her early memories are in bits and pieces. But she does recall that, "I was raped in high school and raped again in college, and I do believe that in some way that is related to the fact I was abused by my grandfather. As I stated, my boundaries were all messed up." Shannon explains, "I began the first part of my healing journey when I came out with the rape in college (I was 19 years old) I began therapy and even spoke about date rape for the college." Shannon goes on, "My abuser only liked young children. And my mom did keep us to where we only saw him once or twice a year. When I was raped in  college I told my parents and that's when my mom finally came out with what happened with her dad. That's when she told her brothers (she was the only daughter in the family) and from that point we didn't see that side of the family for 25 years." She lived as a ‘victim' for many years, until she was 27. "Then I found the way to recognizing that I could survive this," she says. "Through therapy, EMDR, etc. and speaking to audiences, writing books. I went from surviving to thriving. I began Hopeful Hearts Ministry 9 years ago and we help survivors of abuse find their voice." Still not satisfied, she went back to school. "I have been a Mental Health Peer Specialist for about 4 years now and I've been running the nonprofit for almost 10 years. In helping others, writing books, and speaking about the abuse and the effects have led me to a great amount of peace, forgiveness, and even understanding."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2717

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Tina Medina, councellor and author
Tuesday
08/03/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Dr. Tina Medina from Kansas City, Kansas, sexually molested as a child by her uncle. In recovery, Tina is now a professional writer specializing in public relations, community/media relations, technical and grant writing. "My book series explains how God is capable of healing the wounded spirit of a sexual abuse victim," she says. "The journey to sexual abuse recovery is all about taking tiny steps to release pent up feelings," Tina explains. For her, the spiritual aspect of inner healing is crucial for her full recovery. "My spirit is the essence of me and it needed to be healed in order for me to be creative and fulfilled. Walking those baby steps are huge healing steps because it is our version of walking on water. What was once thought to be impossible is now very much attainable. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2716

Special guest Dr. Asa Don Brown
Monday
08/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr. Asa Don Brown, a returning NAASCA family member from Quebec and upstate New York. An author, speaker, and clinical psychologist, it was during his formative years that he endured a number of hardships and personal challenges. Yet, he would not allow these hardships or challenges to prevent him from reaching his ultimate ambitions in life. He's been a featured columnist and an occasional editor for more than 450 publications. Dr. Brown's work has been featured in a variety of professional and popular journals, magazines, and online columns. As someone with an eclectic ethnic background, Dr. Brown has always tried to learn as much as he could about his heritage. As a proud Native American, Dr. Brown appreciated learning about his ancestral lineage. Being born and raised in Oklahoma, his formative years taught him to appreciate the value of human life and life in general. It was during his formative years that he endured a number of hardships and personal challenges. He has a passion for cooking. It is not uncommon for Asa to experiment on his family and friends with new recipes and recipe concepts. He really enjoys spending time with his children in the kitchen teaching and exploring with them the art of cooking. As a clinician, he has frequently recommended cooking as a therapeutic approach to solace, solitude, and comfort. The atmosphere of Asa's kitchen is a place of calmness, cheer, and capable of rejuvenating the inner-person. Dr. Asa Don Brown is the author of Interpersonal Skills in the Workplace, Finding Solutions that Work, Waiting to Live and The Effects of Childhood Trauma on Adult Perception and Worldview. Dr. Brown is ambitious to complete his first novel by the end of 2021.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2715

Special guest Richard Windmann
Friday
07/30/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Richard Windmann from Fort Worth, Texas, who was sexually abused in Boy Scouts by four leaders who passed him around, by a sex crimes detective who worked on his case who was later jailed himself, and later by the janitor and a priest at a Jesuit high school. Richard's childhood was filled with sexual abuse. "I was a typical mid-city kid." Unbeknownst to his mother the boy scout troop he joined was started by pedophiles and all four of his Boy Scout leaders raped him. "Men would fly in from out of town to have sex with me. It was two years before detectives would find this pedophile ring. Then he contacted two police officers and one told him not to call back. "As a kid I did not know to call the District Attorney," he explains. "Then the sex crimes detective also raped me and scarred me by showing me a picture of a dead teen. I was then called in to a court case against this sex crimes detective. The court found that my testimony was believed over the detective's testimony." Richard stays busy helping others. "I find my healing through helping others find their voice," he says. "I am the president of a group which helps adult survivors of child abuse try to get justice and tell their story. The name of the organization is 'Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse'." SCSA is an advocacy and support group for victims and survivors of childhood sex abuse. They offer resources and support free of charge to victims and survivors. The mission of Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse is to empower victims to become survivors and thrive. "Through understanding, empathy, education and advocacy, we support you and your loved ones in your healing journey," he says. "We will listen to you, believe you, and we support you."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2714

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Angela Maskevich - Childproof America
Thursday
07/29/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Angela Maskevich from Childproof America, where the mission is to educate, equip and empower America's parents in the protection and defense of their children, and improve the quality of aid to impacted families. As advocates, they provide legislative pathways for concerned Americans to enforce harsh penalties to those violating the innocence of our children. The vision is to have a community free of sex trafficking where evildoers know they are not welcome and our children are safe. Angela pursued her degrees in criminal justice and psychology with the goal of ending human trafficking and heal those affected. She also volunteered as a Sexual Assault Advocate, assisting those affected by sexual assault find a safe space in their healing journey. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2713

Special guest Dianna Bellerose
Wednesday
07/28/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dianna Bellerose from Los Angeles, California, originally from Bulgaria, who was physically and emotionally abused by her father. "I remember one time when I lied that I would be at a friend's house and went to see a movie," she says. "I saw him coming towards us, and I started shaking. He approached us and grabbed me by the hand and started to kick me in front of everyone. I fell on my face and when we got home, he spanked me to the point where I could not sit for a long time." In adulthood, Dianna repeated her mother's mistake. "I got in a relationship with the someone who treated me the same as my dad. I could not stand any of the abuse. My healing journey has started after my abusive relationship ended." She goes on, "I started to help victims of abuse and domestic violence in 2008 with my first book, 'Fire and Ice', which is based on my life experiences." She's now become an activist. "I felt the freedom and relaxation of my body and soul. Staying away from a toxic environment is the key to healing and rebuilding yourself." Being in recovery's great. "Right now, I feel so good, no matter what, thankfully I am given the strength to cope with everything. I have never felt so strong and confident in my life, and I am not afraid of anything that life throws my way. I am gaining more power and believe that I am capable of conquering even the scariest things." Dianna stays busy. I share with victims and tell them never allow yourself to be treated with disrespect and made to doubt your opinion, who you are and what is right for you. Do not settle for anything less than love and respect."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2712

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
07/27/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2711

Special guest Natasha Mason
Monday
07/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Natasha Mason from East Haven, Connecticut, who reports, "The abuse began when I was about 5 years old by my mother's boyfriend/current ex-husband." She explains, "I basically wore a mask when I was home, I went with the flow of how things went at home. Most of the time I was in my room or I would spend the weekend at my grandmother house whenever I could and occasionally go outside. As time went on the physical abuse began. I was afraid at night, especially the nights that he drank because I didn't know what to expect when he came in. I did not get out of the abuse until I was 28 years old." Natasha gives more detail in her book, 'The Secret Everyone Knew'. "There were times I was depressed. I tried to commit suicide twice. I had low self-esteem and I did not like myself. I had a feeling that if I didn't leave he would kill me. A week before I left he had come in one night and he had been drinking and he was threatening me with a weight. Then he said, 'I'm scared of what I'm going to do to you'.” She believed him. "My healing journey began when I started going to a support group for domestic violence. From there I had the desire to share my story, I begin going to domestic violence conferences and started writing my book. The purpose for writing my book was to let those that have experienced what I have that know that they were not alone." Natasha considers herself a work in progress in some areas. "I know some areas of recovery may take longer than others. I have peace within myself, but I still think about children that have gone through abuse and are adults now and I think about the children that are still going through and I pray for them."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2710

Special guest Lang Martinez
Friday
07/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lang Martinez from Oxnard, California, who was violently and sexually abused as a teenager in Los Angeles. He was often seduced with cocaine and forced to perform sexual acts while underage. He also became a cocaine dealer inside a network of nightclubs and homes for Hollywood's Elite. Throughout his entire adult life, Lang has been trapped inside a life filled with risky behavior, drug addiction, imprisonment, and homelessness. He's had moments in his life where he managed to legitimatize himself with a career and family, only to destroy it all with his addiction and criminal-minded activity. Today, Lang is recovering from a serious methamphetamine addiction that left him homeless and dead on the streets of Oxnard, California. During his recovery, he found the energy to fight and advocate for better homeless services in Ventura County while struggling for his own stability as he continues to reach out to help others and essentially help himself become a better person in the process. Lang is a freak of nature; a street pariah with nine lives. His wealth of knowledge comes from his lived experience through imprisonments, hospital stays, and mental health services. Unfortunately, the sexual abuse and allegations made by his perpetrator severely wounded his brilliant mind. His life of crime, addiction, and homelessness leaves him in a category of degenerates and undesirable found on skid row in Los Angeles. Nonetheless, Lang is purposefully and quickly trying to reinvent himself so he can help others who are victims of child sexual abuse. He's learning along the way as he tries to heal himself by becoming stable and a respected member of society.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2709

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Nissi Hamilton: coach - foster care, human trafficking
Thursday
07/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Nissi Hamilton from Houston, Texas, was born to an adolescent mother who had herself been sexually trafficked by extended family members from 11 to 13. "When I was born I was left in the hospital," she says. "Where I was born is still a mystery to me still to this day." In foster care Nissi was abused starting at 14. "I was considered aged out foster care," she reports. "I lived in an empty apartment owned by housing authorities until I was officially kicked off of the property. At 15, I was homeless, no family, no food, no shelter and no one to call mom." But, "Today, I am a proud activist, motivational speaker, coach and life style influencer." Nissi goes on, "I teach young girls and woman how to not come into agreement with the spirit of poverty. Human trafficking is a type of poverty that requires a demonic contract." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2708

Special guest Elaine Crocker
Wednesday
07/21/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Elaine Crocker from Fredericksburg, Virginia, who was sexually abused in her family starting at about 5 years old, as well as being raped later by neighborhood boys at 11. She says, "I experienced drug addiction for about 10 years, I would say that I am hyper vigilant, I don't trust easily, I'm very careful about my interactions with men. I have been in therapy in the past for short periods at a time. I am writing my autobiography and felt that therapy wouldn't hurt as I writing about things that bring up feeling and thoughts, so I am beginning therapy again." She goes on, "My journey started with drug rehab, I had to get off the drugs first and foremost. In rehab I began to get counseling and opened up about my experiences with sexual abuse. Talking about it was helpful. After rehab I was very involved in the Narcotics and Alcohol Anonymous program, where I was able to share and hear other people's stories and healing process which helped me tremendously in getting my life on track." Elaine explains that she's much better now. "For the most part I am at peace, my life is calm and quiet, I have a few close confidants, my faith in God sustains me more than anything else. I volunteer with RCASA (Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault), I've spoken on panels for them, I was involved in some SAAM online events, I work on their online Support Group." What does she now know? "First, it was not my fault. I carried blame and shame that did not belong to me. The road to recovery is long but worth it. Tell, tell, tell. Seek/accept help. I was a victim but I am a survivor. Yet I Stand!"
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2707

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
07/20/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2706

Special guest Talia Fletcher
Monday
07/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Talia Fletcher from Clemson, South Carolina, who was abused by both her father and mother. "I am in a better place emotionally than I have ever been in my life," she says now. "I am still conflicted, as my brain tries to keep me in the same abusive programming. It is a daily struggle of being aware of what I am thinking so that I can catch myself when I start falling into that old programming. There are layers and layers of pain that I am working through, and probably will continue to work through for the rest of my life." Some of what she does involves writing. "I left business coaching and started to focus on my blog. I wasn't sure what it morphs into (still not sure, but it is out there), but I have heard from people that it has helped them, and that I have helped them. Finally, I really feel like I am helping people." Recovery is satisfying to Talia. "I am helping by telling my story. I hope it encourages others to tell their stories. There are differences in everyone's story, but there are commonalities too. We no longer need to stand or feel alone. What happened to you, to me, changed the way our brains developed. The neural pathways that were created during our childhood abuse were designed to protect us. But we don't have to stay in that survival mode. It is possible to retrain our brains."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2705

Special guest Brenda Crompton
Friday
07/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Brenda Crompton from Toronto, Ontario, a physical and emotional abuse survivor who suffered both at home and in foster care. Her schizophrenic mother burned her as an infant and beat her when she was 3-4. Brenda was taken by children's aid on her 8th birthday. "The abuse made me feel powerlessness, confusion, not understanding why other kids did not get beaten," she says, "not understanding why this was happening to me, not understanding why everyone in my life (except my dad) hated me." After many years of adult trauma, Brenda now shares her story as an activist. "I have received lots of therapy of different types (talk, cognitive, energy, EDMR, neurofeedback to stop being in fight/flight, biofeedback (to calm my physiology), somatic healing, inner child work. I had lots of emotions trapped in my body, showing up as illnesses not front language-based trauma, still have flashbacks of people hitting me but far less common now. For a long time, I would collect blame from others, like stepping in front of a business topic 'bullet' and take the blame. Until I realized what I was really doing and that I don't deserve that, so I don't do that anymore." Brenda further explains, "As children we are incredibly resilient and need to first do whatever we need to do so that we can survive the trauma, and then trust ourselves and give ourselves permission to let go of the trauma. We need to each out for help, it's a sign of strength. The importance of forgiveness, not for them who wronged us, the forgiveness is for ourselves." Brenda is active in the survivor community. "I am writing my book and I have spoken to groups as large as 250 people about my story of trauma and how to create a wonderful life after it."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2704

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
07/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Allen Vandever
Wednesday
07/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Allen Vandever, a returning NAASCA family member from Chicago, Illinois. Allen is a contemporary artist who's turning the tragic stories of his youth into his life's passion. "I wake up every morning and open up a coffee shop [joined by his wife Dawn] where unexpected people walk in to get a free cup of coffee,” Allen explains. "We talk to them about the epidemic of child sexual abuse. We give them flyers with information." Many sign up for their newsletter. Childhood Fractured is a non-profit humanities-based human rights initiative centered on preventing the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, through contemporary art. Allen explains, "Our initiative operates on a multitude of levels to best foster civic engagement. We bring up our mission in an upbeat way. We are proud we are survivors and even more proud of what we are doing. Instead of the dark clouds that normally come into the room when this subject is brought up, the sun shines on all of us and we are able to talk about one of the worst things in the world and have a smile on our face and flaming passion in our souls." He goes on, "When there are no customers, we have a whole team making art, writing books, reaching out to sponsors, writing grants, and working on social media, prevention, awareness, and educational programs. Our big goal is getting survivors to become activist warriors for children's rights. As children, we had no voice. As adults and as survivors, we have a voice, and united we can change things and we will fight for children's rights to not be molested, to not be abused, to not have their innocence stripped away from them."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2702

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
07/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Becky Ianni
Monday
07/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Becky Ianni from Burke, Virginia, a victim of childhood sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. "In 1965, when I was 8, a newly ordained priest, Father Reinecke, joined our parish," she says. Father Reinecke used this trust and love to sexually abuse me. I think this is one of the aspects of being abused that hurts the most. He was my friend, my own personal representative of God and he betrayed me. "Father Reinecke abused me in my own basement and in the vestry of the church. I never told anyone as a child. His sexual abuse made me feel dirty and at fault. It was implied that if I told anyone God would be mad at me and I would go to hell." She got help instead. "I was in a very dark place. Another victim of my perpetrator suggested I contact SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). I called SNAP and that phone call changed my life. I began to go to their support groups and by listening to others stories I began to heal. I was in therapy for 8 years and my therapist gave me many tools to help me help myself." Becky goes on, "As I got stronger, I began to volunteer with SNAP. I have answered the helpline, helped organized our national conference, trained other leaders and have been a board member for the past 5 years." Becky's message is clear, "My support to those just starting their journey is that there is hope. Your journey is yours alone and everybody's path to healing is unique. I am here to support you. You are not alone. It wasn't your fault and I believe you."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2700

Special guest Keith Hoerner
Friday
07/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Keith Hoerner from Murphysboro, Illinois, who had 11 siblings. Two of them, including Keith, were 'Targeted Children', selected by their mother for severe physical and mental abuse. "My childhood, witnessing my sister getting abused, and in turn—myself—was the baseline for all known memory as a child," Keith explains. "This led me to alcoholism and a diagnosis of PTSD. But I proved resilient: growing relatively strong though on a withering branch. The abuse never ends; survivors learn to manage it." He's an author now whose latest book is a memoir, 'The Day the Sky Broke Open'. "My childhood, witnessing my sister getting abused, and in turn myself, was the baseline for all known memory as a child; this led me to alcoholism and a diagnosis of PTSD," he says. "But I proved resilient: growing relatively strong though on a withering branch. The abuse never ends; survivors learn to manage it. I have been in and out of therapy my whole life. I am now 59 and do see a psychiatrist still, but mainly to oversee/manage my medications. Healing through writing has been key to my health in all ways. I learned that my only 'escape' was to forgive; this was not to accept the abuse as justifiable in any way, but to not allow her to own/hold my heart anymore." Keith's life is better now. "My wife and I celebrate 30 years of marriage in four months, no children. I published a memoir / novella after getting my MFA entitled 'Missing the Mark', which spoke to my abuse. At the encouragement of readers who 'wanted more,' just last month Adelaide Books in New York published a novel-length memoir of my story: 'The Day the Sky Broke Open.'"
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2699

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Lena G Clark - mental health expert
Thursday
07/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest is Dr. Lena G. Clark from Alpharetta, Georgia, a Domestic Violence survivor, coach and author. She's an expert in the area of mental health. "My abuse was domestic abuse by my husband," she explains, "who committed suicide after being diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia." She goes on, "I started my healing journey a couple of years after my husband's death. I started writing my book, entitled 'An Amazing Mind'. Lena is now at peace. "I assist others by coaching and mentoring. Currently, I'm a Mindset Coach and I have a Ph.D. in mental health care." Lena regularly speaks at various groups, churches and schools. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2698

Special guest Amber DeAnn
Wednesday
07/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Amber DeAnn from Reno, Nevada, who was emotionally and physically abused by her mother from birth. It didn't let up until Amber went off to college. "The mental putdowns and the emotional belittling left me feeling worthless, and helpless which grew into constant anger and hate of my Mom and a strange financial codependency," she says. "I lost all connection to who I was, what I wanted, what I liked. It was like living in a dark cave with no opportunity to see or walk in the light of day and feel happy." Today she's much better, succeeding as a Coach! “'I can't cope with life' was the message from my parents and so when Mom was in an angry state about her  life she would beat me and emotionally belittle me. My Dad and brother just ignored me. The abuse started when I was born though I don't remember much about it and the emotional putdown lasted until Mom died when I was in my mid 40's." There have been many repercussions. "Currently I'm recovering from PTSD, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia which developed from my trauma, beatings, and inner emotional conflict about my value. I found spirituality through a 12 step  program when I was in my 30's and that program forced me to be honest about my feelings toward my parents, my revenge actions, my buried self-image, self-respect issues." Amber goes on, "I believe it is essential for us survivors to identify our imprints (accepting the mindset, habits and lifestyle patterns of our caregivers) and learn how to shift them so we can feel worthwhile, have fun and lead a life of creating as explained in Law of Attraction."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2697

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Tina Medina, councellor and author
Tuesday
07/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Dr. Tina Medina from Kansas City, Kansas, sexually molested as a child by her uncle. In recovery, Tina is now a professional writer specializing in public relations, community/media relations, technical and grant writing. "My book series explains how God is capable of healing the wounded spirit of a sexual abuse victim," she says. Tina has been developing counselor's guides. She began her healing with the help of the Pentecostal Church in 1998. "The journey to sexual abuse recovery is all about taking tiny steps to release pent up feelings," Tina explains. "My spirit is the essence of me and it needed to be healed in order for me to be creative and fulfilled. What was once thought to be impossible is now very much attainable. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2696

Special guest Michelle Bond
Monday
07/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Michelle Bond from Mansfield, Ohio, who grew up a latchkey kid. Unfortunately she and her twin were left to the mercy of their older brother. He abused them mentally, physically, and verbally. "The abuse lasted 28 years in my family," she says, "even though my social worker knew about the abuse from my brother was continuing to abuse me. I felt scared and fearful of my brother. I felt shame and helplessness. This pain caused me to act out as well." Michelle offers a free book about her experience entitled 'Mind, Body, Soul, Survivor'. "I was attacked when I was 20-year-old by a woman and man with a knife in an empty apartment. After the attack and tempted rape, I began seeing a trauma informed therapist," she says. "I have been in therapy all my life. I currently see a therapist for PTSD. I am disabled because of the PTSD. I am working part-time and now have a non-profit. It's a website blog that has my book for free." Michelle explains, "I still have flashbacks, anxiety, but time has tamped down fear and I use grounding techniques such as phoning a friend. I'm a life-long learner about myself through therapy and spent 5-6 years of nursing to achieve a BSN. I was an Army National Guard in Ohio for 6 years." She concludes, "Speak about your trauma to heal which will cause you to shine. Report and don't wait any child abuse as an adult. Check on Statute of Limitations and report to police to make society aware of the statistics."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2695

Special guest Dr Debra Warner
Friday
07/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
SPECIAL SHOW -- Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host, Dr. Debra Warner, Psy.D., is a long time and engaged NAASCA family member who's a Los Angeles based Forensic Psychologist and a professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She'll help lead tonight's discussion. Dr. Deb will be with us to do this episode about The SCRIPT Conference (full disclosure, NAASCA is an annual partner in The SCRIPT Conference!!). SCRIPT is a FREE two-day-long annual event that will be held in mid July via ZOOM, in much the same way the normally in-person event was held last year. She'll be joined by several others, including some of her student SCRIPT volunteers and perhaps some of the SCRIPT presenters. An educator and violence prevention expert, Dr. Deb is author of the book 'His History, Her Story: a survival guide for spouses of male survivors of sexual abuse and trauma', which is available through her web site at DrDebraWarner.net. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2694

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
07/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2693

Special guest Victoria Kelly
Wednesday
06/30/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Victoria Kelly from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a returning guest. She's a child abuse survivor and long-time NAASCA family member / volunteer. Victoria was abused almost from birth in nearly every way imaginable. She was sexually assaulted starting as a baby .. an experience that was repeated by numerous predators and perpetrators and went on and on. In addition her alcoholic father beat both Victoria and her mother. But Victoria thought that was simply what happened to a child and a woman when they happened to be living on the wrong side of the tracks. She became reclusive and withdrawn, and there was little justice meted out to any of Victoria's predators. Early on she began to disassociate, a condition that was later in life diagnosed as MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder), now known as DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). Victoria eventually spent years going in and out of mental hospitals, where she actually was grateful. At least the staff was kind and helpful. "I went to a wonderful psychiatrist and she help me for 13 years with MPD / the ID." She began drinking at an early age but sobered up with help from a 12 step group. Her sexual promiscuity led her to numerous bad adult relationships. It took a long time to find the right therapist and path to recovery but now she's integrated and years ago things finally started to come together. Life's still not perfect but now she's active helping the struggling. Among other things, Victoria works to end domestic and sexual violence. She attends support groups, speaks out at rallies and conferences, supports police, volunteers at shelters, and works directly with women and children to get their basic needs filled: food shelter and clothing.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2692

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder, 12 Step Recovery
Tuesday
06/29/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2691

Special guest Dr Lena Clark
Monday
06/28/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr. Lena G. Clark from Alpharetta, Georgia, a Domestic Violence survivor, coach and author. She has two sisters, and is the mother of four beautiful children. "My abuse was domestic abuse by my husband," she explains, "who committed suicide after being diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia." She goes on, "Often I was verbally and emotionally abused due to his sickness. I would often experience my husband going through tremendous mood swings. I was able to get away from my husband after he passed." Today she considers herself healed from her negative feelings. "I started my healing journey a couple of years after my husband's death. I started writing my book, entitled 'An Amazing Mind'. Lena is now  at peace. She says, "I assist others by coaching and mentoring. Currently, I'm a Mindset Coach and I have a Ph.D. in mental health care." As author of 'An Amazing Mind', she speaks at various groups, churches and schools. A reader on Amazon describes the book saying, 'This is one of the most heartfelt books I have read. Lena's takes you on her journey of love, frustration, pain, and the infinite love of God as she tells you her story. Her words illuminate strength and the courage to reach out to others who may be struggling trying to understand a major mental health issue such as suicide. I feel her passion and respect the work she has done to bring this issue to the forefront.'
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2690

Special guest Jessica Wesley
Friday
06/25/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC


Tonight's special guest is Jessica Wesley from Houston, Texas , a survivor of child abuse who grew up in Christian Science. "My mother was neglectful and abusive because of her mental illness and alcoholism. I blamed myself for my situations and felt all of it was my fault," she says, "especially when my parents divorced when I was fifteen. I then began to mask the overwhelming pain with drugs and alcohol." After her father died, Jessica began to seek out the attention of men to fill the emptiness that drugs and alcohol could not satisfy. "I was high every day, XTC, cocaine, LSD, marijuana, alcohol. I would stop at nothing to mask the pain and feel 'normal'. My mom started drinking alcoholically to cope with the divorce." Trying to support her alcoholic mother and a younger brother, Jessica found work as a waitress. A friend told her about a job at a local gentlemen's club. "I stayed for 10 years." Jessica became a blackout drinker and cocaine user. One night she woke up in the wee hours of the morning and found she had been sleeping on a pool table. "That whole day I was unable to keep any food or water down. Almost like my body was purging itself." She goes on, "I drove myself to the emergency room. Dehydrated and desperate for it to all end I felt my body shutting down and feared the worst." It was perhaps the best decision Jessica ever made. "It was there in the hospital that my life changed forever. I knew at that moment I had met my Savior and experienced God's amazing power of healing immediately. The old life was dead and I was made a new." It was a life changing experience. "I was transformed, fully restored, redeemed." After intense Christian counseling she's much better. "I now work with women and strippers to come out of that lifestyle."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2689

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Nissi Hamilton: coach - foster care, human trafficking
Thursday
06/24/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Nissi Hamilton from Houston, Texas, was born to an adolescent mother who had herself been sexually trafficked by extended family members from 11 to 13. "When I was born I was left in the hospital," she says. "Where I was born is still a mystery to me still to this day." In foster care Nissi was abused starting at 14. "I was considered aged out foster care," she reports. "I lived in an empty apartment owned by housing authorities until I was officially kicked off of the property. At 15, I was homeless, no family, no food, no shelter and no one to call mom." But, "Today, I am a proud activist, motivational speaker, coach and life style influencer." Nissi goes on, "I teach young girls and woman how to not come into agreement with the spirit of poverty. Human trafficking is a type of poverty that requires a demonic contract." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2688

Special guest Benjamin Duveneck
Wednesday
06/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Benjamin Duveneck from Pewaukee, Wisconson, who was introduced to sexual life through one of his older brothers. "I was separated from my brothers and parents, put into foster care at the age of 2 because of abuse and neglect," he explains. "I would go back and forth between my biological mom and foster mom and at the age of 6-8 is when my eldest brother started exposing me to himself and masturbation. Not to mention my mom would have various partners she would frequently have sex with openly." All of this wasn't easy. "I believe as a result hidden depression and anxiety were just symptoms of the underlying issue of feeling not good enough, less than, guilt and shame and unresolved grief for lost time. I battled sharing my heart and authentic experience with others and masking the pain because it would otherwise become such a distraction that I would feel I couldn't maintain my status or be perceived as normal. It was very deep." He bounced around a lot. "I went to 3 different high schools, asked to leave all of them, and 5 different colleges, therapy, counseling, a therapeutic boarding school and even military school. I consider myself a survivor, overcomer and victorious despite challenges. I am a lifelong learner, continuing to stay immersed in positive transformation to achieve success in every area of life. I have a personal life coach, support groups and I am constantly working to master what I learn and share it with others." Things are looking up. "I currently feel joy, hope, tremendous gratitude (which is authentically what I felt all along, but never seemed to be able to share with others because it would hit me so hard with grief) I feel free, and courageous, and a lot happier."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2687

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
06/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2686

Special guest Simon David
Monday
06/21/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Simon David from Chicago, Illinois. His mother was his early perpetrator, starting the sexual abuse when Simon was 5. "It ended at age 12," he says. "Therefore, I was and am, a survivor of incest." He further explains, "My life was quite awful, as I used to feel very shamed about my body throughout the incest. I felt awkward with myself and didn't know why. In addition, I was ashamed of Mother being so ill-appearing (alcoholism), that I could not bring any friends over to play. I felt ashamed, humiliated, afraid, unsure, tense, worried, anger, confusion and terrified." Simon still works on problems. "I presently deal with many both physical and mental health issues. Many feelings are present as I deal with numerous health matters. My very first 1-1 therapy started when I began to work full time, right after college. I have been on-and-off therapy since then, depending on the availability and financial cost. I am recently back in therapy." It's gotten better. "I could say my healing journey truly started when I started therapy in my early 20s; however, I would say it started after 3 full years of therapy, when I recalled my 1st incest memory and shared it with the social worker. But this was stunted due to the serious blunder that the therapist made when he invalidated my shared memory of my mom's act, by saying that I “fabricated” it with my vivid imagination. This delayed my dealing with the memories for 12 years!" Simon concludes, "I plan to become a public speaker specifically about this topic. I have written two personal short stories about myself, bringing to the surface, some of the many effects on me from the early incest experiences."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2685

Special guest Michelle Goetsch
Friday
06/18/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Michelle Goetsch from Los Angeles, California, a child abuse survivor who shares that she was 6 years old the first time saw semen. "My step-father took off my underwear," she says, "rubbed his penis against me and masturbated until ejaculation." Michelle goes on, "I was isolated as the abuse progressed to daily molestation. By the age of 10, I was severely depressed. I prayed that God would take me in my sleep." She says, "We moved to Oregon; and, for a couple years, lived far off the grid. I was isolated as the abuse progressed to daily molestation. By the age of 10, I was severely depressed. When I was 11, Children's Services came to my school to interview me, but I denied abuse out of fear. Later, after my step-father was arrested for beating my mother (again) a doctor suspected I had been abused. I nervously acknowledged the 5 years of daily abuse." She's getting better now. "My healing journey began when I was given the opportunity to put him in jail long term, and keep him from abusing another child. My testimony in court led to a conviction of 1st degree Child Molestation, Sodomy and 1st degree Rape of a child under 12. I've been in therapy at different times throughout my life; and, upon discussing my childhood, have been told that my mental health is remarkable. Yet, I have made many unhealthy life choices that (in retrospect) were definitely driven by the abuse." As Michelle says, "The abuse need not define us. However, we neither can, nor should, pretend it isn't part of who we are. Only by embracing all parts of ourselves can we truly heal and have anything to bring to the table."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2684

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
06/17/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2683

Special guest Stacey Blanchet
Wednesday
06/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Stacey Blanchet from San Diego, California, sexually abused by her uncle who's now an activist and an author. In her mid 20s she became a CASA  (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Foster youth, working in the court system with at-risk kids. She later put together a documentary, 'The Journey to Myself', all about her life. Stacey has shared her written story as well. Her teaches us how important it is to believe in ourselves, no matter what, and as Stacey puts it in the documentary "to be a work in progress" until the day she dies. "I was 11 years old and it was my uncle on my dad's side," she says. "I was staying the summer in Montana with my aunt and uncle. It was a very confusing and frightening time as I did not understand what my uncle was doing and I was scared of him coming into my room. It lasted almost nightly for two months. He would come into my room and wake me up and have me watch him while he was touching me." That was a while ago. "I am almost 40 years removed from that time period in my life. It has been therapy and love of friends and family and actually dealing with my uncle in the court process as I fought back when I was 19 years old and saw my justice." Stacey explains, "I believe it is very important to fight for the victim. If nobody will fight for you, you will need to and as hard as it would be, you need to cut yourself lose from the family or situation that this person who has hurt you (in some cases they killed the person you could have been) and build a new life. Learn to love change."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2682

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
06/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2681

Special guest John Anderson
Monday
06/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is John Anderson from River Ridge, Louisiana, a child abuse survivor and cofounder of SCSA (Survivors of Childhood Sex Abuse). "My abuse started at the age of nine at St. Matthew in River Ridge, Louisiana," he explains. "It continued for three weeks in class in front of other students. I was threatened and scared. My friends saw Brignac abusing me with their own eyes. So did many other students. They would climb on top of garbage cans to watch him through the windows in the hall. It took the help of one of the witnesses to tell my parents. I couldn't." John goes on, "I started breaking down. My life would never be the same. 6 different schools later I barely graduated. My mother was in her third trimester with my brother while trying to convict George Brignac. We had him arrested and with a bench trial Brignac was acquitted for the reasons of conspiring to expose his celibacy. I had two witnesses. Brignac is the Louisiana's most prolific rapist, managed to get 26 victims after me. I was the first." Today he's getting better. "I do suffer extensive damage physically and mentally. C-PTSD, fibromyalgia, permanent nerve damage, depression and anxiety. I have been going to doctors since I was 10. Today I am disabled, but help run  www.scsaorg.org as Vice President and co-founder with two other New Orleans survivors. I use my experience of 45 years to help any and all victims." John is happier now, "I am a musician on Facebook where I play songs of healing daily. I have been seen in Sports Illustrated, Big Easy New Orleans magazine, NOLA.com, and the NO Advocate newspaper, as well as our local TV station here in New Orleans."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2680

Special guest Lavinia Masters
Friday
06/11/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lavinia Masters from Dallas, Texas, whose  mother divorced her father when she was 2 months old. "My childhood sexual abuse had to start at an early age, before 5 years of age," she says. "I do not remember who the abuser or abusers were because the memories did not return into my late 30's after I started advocating for victims and the rape-kit backlog," explaining, "I was brutally raped at the age of 13 years old by a stranger that broke into our home." She also has a book: 'Breathe Again'. "I was very angry and bitter to the point that I trusted no one. I do not remember getting away from my abuser, I just remember that when we moved to Dallas that I stop having bed wetting accidents and the I have better memories since the age of 7 years old. When it comes to the rape, I held that fear of that stranger for over a decade as he told me that he knew me and my family and he would come back and kill me if he saw the police come out." She goes on, "I am now an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual violence and abuse as well as the rape kit back log of which a law was named after me here in the State of Texas, HB THE LAVINIA MASTERS ACT. I have also started the Hope S.A.V.E.S. Ministry - www.hopesavesminisrtry.org - that empowers victims to find and use their voices through resources, programs and various initiatives and collaborations." Lavinia's spiritual life helps. "I believe that God gives us all the power to live above our abuse with powers given to us and one of the greatest powers is our voice."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Lena G Clark - mental health expert
Thursday
06/10/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest is Dr. Lena G. Clark from Alpharetta, Georgia, a Domestic Violence survivor, coach and author. She's an expert in the area of mental health. "My abuse was domestic abuse by my husband," she explains, "who committed suicide after being diagnosed with depression and schizophrenia." She goes on, "I started my healing journey a couple of years after my husband's death. I started writing my book, entitled 'An Amazing Mind'. Lena is now at peace. "I assist others by coaching and mentoring. Currently, I'm a Mindset Coach and I have a Ph.D. in mental health care." Lean regularly speaks at various groups, churches and schools. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Jane Epstein
Wednesday
06/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jane Epstein from San Mateo, California, an activist now whose sexual abuse began when she was six years old. "My brother, my abuser," she explains, "was 12 when it started. The sexual abuse went on and off for six years." She goes on, "I have been in and out of therapy most of my life. It started when my parents got divorced, but the sexual abuse did not come up until I was severely depressed at age 45." Negative effects still linger and she can't be intimate. Jane explains, "My father was a public-school psychologist, and my mother was an elementary school teacher. I had two older siblings, brothers. One was four years older, the other, six years older than me. I honestly did not realize I was being sexually abused. He left when I was 12. And what he left behind was a child who desired sexual touch and had nowhere to get it, so I became obsessed with having boyfriends." She continues, "One day I woke up in a pool of depression, and I did not understand why. My life looked perfect from the outside. Two kids, a stay-at-home mom in a nice neighborhood, but I wanted to die. I made a conscious decision to quit drinking alcohol and turn over everything in my life by journaling from the very beginning. It was there I discovered the answers and understood why my life was so out of order." Jane is better now. "I am healthy, no longer in therapy or depressed. I am now on a mission to be an advocate for sibling sexual abuse survivors and prevention and awareness. I am reaching out to the media any way I can to bring about awareness to this silent epidemic."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
06/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2676

Special guest Alisa Starr
Monday
06/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Alisa Starr from Seattle, Washington, who was  molested at 13 by a 22-year-old family friend. It lasted for 9 months. "It was the first time a boy had had feelings for me Alisa says, "so at first I felt flattered. But there was shame and secrecy in the 'relationship'." She goes on, "My abuser wanted to marry me. Promising to marry someone at 13 quickly lost its luster. And he was an emotional succubus. I ended our relationship after 9 months." But that wasn't the end of it. "He stalked me. And then started to molest my sister." Their abuser went to jail for molesting them .. for 11 months. "When he got out, he continued to stalk my sister and I. He moved his work to 2 blocks away from us. He called our house. He was in a wedding with my brother. He was still friends with my father. I wasn't free of him until I was 19." Alisa goes on, "I've had 20 years of therapy. I had flashbacks, anxiety, panic attacks and depression. I don't have those feelings anymore. I started therapy at 17. I went to group therapy, worked The Courage to Heal and continue with therapy until today. I've helped other survivors through their flashbacks, new relationships, panic attacks and depression. I'm also writing a book called 'What To Do After Your Kid Is Sexually Attacked: A Handbook', and I've written greeting cards on healing and how to heal." She concludes, "You can't undo the trauma of a sexual attack. But you can love someone through their trauma and accept all of their feelings and stories as they try to recover. Loving them will help heal them. Creating a network of support around abuse survivors and their families is the most important part of recovery."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2675

Special guest Brian Toale
Friday
06/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Brian Toale from New York City, NY, who grew up in a middle-class suburban Catholic family on Long Island. He explains, "I went to Catholic School through high school, where I was sexually abused by the Amateur Radio Club's moderator for most of my senior year." Brian goes on, "Senior Year is supposed to be a time of college preparation and has far-reaching effects on one's future career and life, especially in an elite private school like mine." He explains, "Because I was being sexually abused during this time and spent that year trying to emotionally survive living with the abuse, terrified anyone would find out, I was crippled instead of prepared for my life after graduation." There were many unexpected consequences. "I spent the next 20 years crashing and burning at anything I tried to do to redeem myself in my own eyes, without ever once thinking the abuse had anything to do with my failure at living. After 13 years of marriage, a career that resulted from finally holding a job for a reasonable length of time, and a five-year-old daughter, I hit my worst bottom ever and entered 12 Step Recovery and started therapy." Brian's better now. "I reached a turning point almost five years ago when I sent a letter to my former high school's current administration, the Bishop, and law enforcement to report the abuse and its effects on my life. It was a symbolic giving back the shame I had carried on my back for 45 years to the institution that hadn't kept me safe. That simple act changed my life and started me on a road of advocacy that included lobbying for the NY Child Victims Act, speaking at press conferences, creating a personal website and blog, and becoming a SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) Leader in Manhattan, NY."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
06/03/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Amanda Blackwood
Wednesday
06/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Amanda Blackwood from Thornton, Colorado, a child abuse victim, activist and author, who grew up in a military family and has lived all over the world.  Her father was physically violent (ages 3 to 18), her mother was emotionally and psychologically abusive (ages 0 to 32) and her my brother abused Amanda both sexually and emotionally (age 4 and age 12). "I was sexually abused by my uncle (age 13)," she says. "The childhood abuse started for me at such a young age that I never really knew what life was like without it." Amanda further explains, "I started running away at 15 but the police kept taking me home. Eventually I moved away from home at 18, and my parents bet one another that I would return within three to six months. I did not. Instead, I found myself in much more abusive situations for the next two decades." Now a three-time survivor of human trafficking and seven-time published author, Amanda devotes her time and energy to helping fight human trafficking in several different ways. She sits on the board for one anti-trafficking group in the Denver area and participates in survivor-led leadership for another. Her autobiography, titled 'Custom Justice' will be available worldwide through Amazon on her 10-year anniversary of freedom from trafficking, June 19th, 2021. Amanda says, “I am, at long last, at peace. It's been a long journey to arrive where I am, but having written my full autobiography allowed me to have patience with myself and to understand more about my own reactions to different societal and social triggers. I'm now better able to control my anger and I'm regaining my self-confidence.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Tina Medina, councellor and author
Tuesday
06/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Dr. Tina Medina from Kansas City, Kansas, sexually molested as a child by her uncle. In recovery, Tina is now a professional writer specializing in public relations, community/media relations, technical and grant writing. "My book series explains how God is capable of healing the wounded spirit of a sexual abuse victim," she says. Tina has been developing counselor's guides. She began her healing with the help of the Pentecostal Church in 1998. "The journey to sexual abuse recovery is all about taking tiny steps to release pent up feelings," Tina explains. "My spirit is the essence of me and it needed to be healed in order for me to be creative and fulfilled. What was once thought to be impossible is now very much attainable. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Gregory Williams
Monday
05/31/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Gregory Williams, Ph.D, from Houston, Texas, a child abuse survivor and author of the book 'Shattered by the Darkness: Putting the Pieces Back Together after Child Abuse'. An activist now, he was abused in his family. "My first memory of being sexually abused by my father was when I was 4 years old and the last time was right before my 17th birthday. My dad sexually abused me every day of my childhood and then around 12 years old started involving his friends and several times I was ganged raped by them." He goes on, "I have two older brothers, one five years older than me and ten years older than me. My middle brother sexually abused me for a couple of years during my teenage years along with his girlfriend. In my early years, I literally thought that my abuse was “normal” and everybody's father abused them. But during my teenage years when other abusers came into the picture, life became increasingly  more difficult and darker." Things are better now. "I am in a great place today emotionally and have never been more at peace in my entire life. I wish that I had released the pain years ago, but now taking advantage of this freedom as much as possible. I earned my doctorate in Counseling seven years ago and counsel many survivors. I now travel the country and share my story and help people deal with their trauma." Gregory's next two books, 'Overcoming the Darkness: The Road Map to Hope' and the youth version, 'When Dark Clouds Come: The Road Map to Hope' will be released in Spring of 2021.
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Special guest Janet Simmons
Friday
05/28/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Janet Simmons from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an American, born in Japan in the mid 1950s and raised there with her siblings. Their parents had moved there to do missionary work. A well known marine biologist and teacher, Jack Moyer, famed for publishing a book with Jane Goodall, began sexually abusing Janet while she was only eleven years old. "The abuse started very covertly with a walk with the dogs, a cup of coffee, a massage," Janet explains. "Quickly it escalated to inappropriate touching and then full blown sexual assault lasting for three years." She goes on, "The abuse left me feeling confused, disoriented, elation, wonder, favorite, special, chosen, popular, special, uncertain, scared, fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of lost status." At night he'd place her futon next to his. It went on for years. "I have had extensive therapy over the years, fortunately, doing the work of writing a blog," she says. "Following through and partnering with many others who had been abused by him, has allowed my healing process to rapidly increase. Occasionally, I experience relapse issues related to his abuse and I suffer from high blood pressure." Janet goes on, "Life is stressful, however, I have worked through the pain, confusion, anger, hate, and many more emotions that a sexual abuse victim feels. My peace comes from my relationship with God and I am able to have a full life of success thanks to Him." Janet works with many fellow survivors, and is P resident and CEO of HOPE Ministries, a nonprofit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that supports and helps those less fortunate to meet their basic needs and move forward through workforce development.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Nissi Hamilton
Thursday
05/27/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co-host will be Nissi Hamilton from Houston, Texas, was born to an adolescent mother who had herself been sexually trafficked by extended family members from 11 to 13. "When I was born I was left in the hospital," she says. "Where I was born is still a mystery to me still to this day." In foster care Nissi was abused starting at 14. "I was considered aged out foster care," she reports. "I lived in an empty apartment owned by housing authorities until I was officially kicked off of the property. At 15, I was homeless, no family, no food, no shelter and no one to call mom." But, "Today, I am a proud activist, motivational speaker, coach and life style influencer." Nissi goes on, "I teach young girls and woman how to not come into agreement with the spirit of poverty. Human trafficking is a type of poverty that requires a demonic contract." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Jennifer Michele
Wednesday
05/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jennifer Michele from Walker, Louisiana, whose 'New Daddy' came into the picture when her mother married her new husband when Jennifer was around 7 years old. "Life was never the same again," she says. "The grooming started before they married and finding every reason to hold me, sitting on his lap while touching, caressing and slipping hands in the wrong places." She goes on, "It quickly progressed to long soapy showers to make sure I was clean in the middle of the day then the fondling became more aggressive and intrusive. As well as teaching me how to make daddy feel better. He later raped me and let others do the same." Jennifer explains, "My parents weren't married for long after I was born. At months old my mom joined the service and she left me in my father's care while no one knew she'd joined the service or even that she left for boot camp. During her time away he left me alone in an apartment without supervision for over 24 hours at least. A call to my grandparents about a crying baby next door sent them to my rescue. They then took me into their care for years. My parents divorced and later my birth father left me at the doorstep for the last time never coming back since he remarried and started a new family when I was about 5 years old." She concludes, "After letting the damages of my silence sink in I started Lil Jens Voice FB page in 2017 and then I started a new blog, LilJensVoice.org. Those two outlets are geared for those who may be still in their own self destruction of silence and to share my own journey as I'm going through it myself."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
05/25/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Randy Lail
Monday
05/24/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Randy Lail from Charleston, South Carolina, who was abused by his father. He explains, "My abuse started when I was 3 and ended at 14. A lot of my abuse memories were repressed for many years but through therapy I have recovered most of them. The early years were just with Dad. I didn’t like what he was doing to me. On some level it felt wrong, but it also had a weird sense of normalcy to it." Randy explains, "I am 60 this year. I was the youngest of 4, a sister and 2 brothers. My parents are both deceased. Dad, my abuser, was a larger than life figure who strangely enough I looked up to until he died at the age of 75. My Mom was the consummate Southern Belle, lived by the adage; don't tell anyone your problems, especially the family secrets. Our family was always perfect on the outside." She goes on, "I am no longer in any ongoing therapy; I do see my therapist on an as needed basis to talk through new memories (last time was a year ago). Biggest thing I struggle with today are post effects from all the conditioning I underwent during the later years of my abuse (sexual manipulation & Satanic rituals, i.e.: Moloch)." Randy concludes, "I came to believe and understand the abuse wasn't my fault!!! For many years I could never grasp that truth. For me, healing is a “HEART” issue. Intellectually I knew it wasn't my fault but deep down my heart believed it was my fault. I have learned that without a whole and vibrant HEART, our soul will never truly heal and our SPIRIT can never sore."
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Special guest Diana Strong
Friday
05/21/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Diana Strong from Hot Springs, Arkansas, who was abused by her step-father from 3 years old until just before she turned 18, when she finally ran away from home. "Then I married a man that continued the abuse cycle," she says. "I have been diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. These are 'scars' I carry with me every day. Only those that get really close can see them. At 54 years old, I still struggle in my relationships due to the psychological damage caused from all those years of abuse." Diana explains, "I have been in therapy most of my life which has enabled me to 'present' as somewhat 'normal' in everyday life. Today I am a Certified Self Defense Instructor. I turned my feelings of helplessness into a passion for empowerment. I teach self-defense to all ages and abilities. I also offer my services free to women and children's non-profits and fundraisers and as an outreach to encourage all people to be proactive with their personal safety rather than reactive, when it is too late." She continues to work on getting the word out. "I am currently writing my biography, 'Diana Strong; My Journey from Multiple Personalities to Choosing My Identity', in which I talk in detail about my abuse in detail and my journey navigating life with the repercussions such as experiencing frequent flashbacks and complications from “switching” combined with persistent bouts of amnesia. I spend my time and energy helping others have hope that what has happened to them in the past does not need to define them. I CHOOSE to walk with my head held high and train up Warriors to walk after me for many generations to come."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
05/20/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Dr. Laura McGuire
Wednesday
05/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr. Laura Jean McGuire from New York City, a nationally recognized sexuality educator, trauma-informed specialist, and inclusion consultant who has worked with young adult survivors as well as teen parents struggling to break the cycle of abuse. Although not a survivor of child abuse, Laura did survive domestic violence. Her personal experiences and her work with others has led her to see connections between all forms of abuse. She now has made the goal of “creating a trauma-informed, culturally humble, and gender equitable world is my life's ambition and calling.” NAASCA's family members, mostly survivors, also include many activists and professionals who are a valuable part of the organization. They lend us their own specific experience, strength and hope. We're delighted to have their professional expertise, and they, in turn, learn a lot from survivors! Dr. Laura is glad for the opportunity to interview with NAASCA stating, "NAASCA is an incredible organization doing vital and very pertinent work as to what is going on in cultural discussions right now." Laura continues, "I feel so blessed to know that every day I am working towards being part of the solution instead of the problem." We invite all our NAASCA family to call in with questions or comments for Dr. Laura, as we talk about creating trauma-informed sex/prevention education and having a healthy sex/love life after childhood trauma. Laura has an ongoing column called “Ask Dr. Laura” in 'Out Smart: Houston's LGBTQ Magazine' where she openly addresses sexuality questions while promoting gender equity, queer competency, and cultural humility.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
05/18/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Claire O'Leary
Monday
05/17/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Claire O'Leary from New Castle, Colorado. "I was raised in a catholic family by my natural parents," she says, "with six kids (3 boys and 3 girls), I being right in the middle. The first time I was abused was at 5-years-old by my uncle. The second time was much more painful with my father abusing me from 16 to 18 when I finally was able to leave home after graduating from high school." She goes on, "I was angry all the time but didn't really know why until I went to therapy. After years of  therapy, I moved on to alternative therapies, movement, journaling, and expressive arts which finally enabled me to speak openly about my abuse." Claire is better now. " Today I create a safe space for sexual abuse survivors to share their survivor and recovery story through creativity and writing. I founded Voices Heard, the interactive e-Zine that empowers sexual abuse survivors to shatter their  long held  silence through story-telling and expressive arts. I share my story of abuse as a speaker and writer in order to help heal others." She wants to get her story out. "I am also currently writing a book which is a combination of memoir and self-help to help other survivors find their voice. I recently wrote a blog which was published in IncestAware's blog." Claire concludes, “Don't wait like I did until you're 58 to heal from your unresolved trauma. The sooner you share your experience and seek help, the sooner you can live a joyful life.”
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Special guest Makayla Boatman
Friday
05/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Makayla Boatman from Stephenville, Texas, who grew up in a physical, emotional, spiritual and sexually abusive household. "My father physically, mentally and spiritually abused us," she says. "My nana mentally abused us. My oldest brother sexually abused me. I cannot honestly remember a time in my life where there was no abuse." She left the family as soon as she could. "When I was 18 the morning after I graduated high school (May 2019) I moved out and have not looked back since." In recovery now, she has been in Christian counseling for almost two years. "Life was hard to say the least and honestly if it were not for my relationship with Christ I would not be here today. I struggled with depression and anxiety my whole life," she says. "I never felt truly loved and cared for by any of them but God. I always felt like we were all my dad's puppets, knowing if we objected to anything our life would be even more miserable. Although at the age of 16 I finally stood up 100% for what I believed in." Today Makayla is doing much better. "I feel at complete peace with my decision to completely cut out my family, it was what God showed me was best for my health. I have spoken at Fields of Faith; I have spoken to groups of youth kids at church camps/D now. I have written many things on Facebook. Also have written many poems on my experiences but never published, I've only shared with people God put on my heart. Like my youth girls I teach at my church and some women I've taught at my church that have gone through similar abuse or the same that I have."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2659

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
05/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. As an activist, Barbara can regularly be found carrying the messages of prevention, intervention and recovery on podcasts, as an invited speaker and in various groups. Please find her list of numerous upcoming Current Events on her web site! In addition, she and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has amazing energy and a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2658

Special guest HelenMarie McCracken
Wednesday
05/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is HelenMarie McCracken from Tucson, Arizona, telling her story with us for the first time. HelenMarie serves as the NAASCA Ambassador program's Pacific Southwest Regional Director. She says, "My children and my life experience are what attracted me to become an activist and advocate for domestic violence and child abuse." There was sexual assault in her family, too, but while domestic violence is typically not included in the legal definitions of child abuse, NAASCA recognizes the devastating consequences it has for children. Being raised around domestic violence causes trauma even if the child experiences no direct physical harm, such as the emotional, psychological, and developmental impacts that can affect a person throughout their life. HelenMarie is a long-term survivor of narcissistic abuse and domestic violence. For several years now she has been extremely active in educating herself to understand personality disorders and domestic violence. It wasn't until after she finally had the courage to leave the marriage, that she learned truth of what her life had become. She did not know what a narcissist was or realize that she was in a domestic violent marriage. She wants other victims, and survivors to know that they are not alone. HelenMarie wants our youth to be educated with the proper tools for life so they can Recognize, Avoid and Prevent (R.A.P.) a narcissistic, domestic violence relationship. She is dedicated to “breaking the silence on domestic violence” and personality disorders by educating our youth with the Domestic Violence Youth Awareness Week Campaign and program designed for high school level kids. And to create a law, BriElen's  Law, which would mandate every high school in the US to provide Domestic Violence Youth Awareness Week.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
05/11/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Denise Bossarte
Monday
05/10/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Denise Bossarte from Houston, Texas, abused by her maternal grandfather beginning in elementary school. She explains, "I was always afraid to be alone around my grandfather although I never really understood why as a child. I went from an outgoing, creative kid to a shy, ashamed kid afraid of people. The abuse lasted until I was in high school." Denise says, "I still carry a lot of stress in my body, my body remembers being afraid and is constantly prepared for getting hurt again. I am no longer in therapy but went through individual and group therapy in college and grad school." Denise is one of two daughters. "My father was an M.D. and my mother has a graduate degree and ran a dog kennel as I was growing up. I was deeply ashamed and felt I was a bad kid and that it was my fault; there was something really wrong with me for it to happen. My grandfather got prostate cancer and died when I was a freshman in high school." Denise is quite the author, as explained by her web site, 'Thriving After'. Whether writing on overcoming trauma in her nonfiction work or recasting her real-life experiences into award-winning dark urban fantasy in four novels—Glamorous, Beginnings, Return, and Readings—Denise tackles the dark side of things with courage, fearlessness, and compassion. Her self-published book Glamorous was a bronze medalist in 2019's The Wishing Shelf Book Awards in Adult Fiction, and her success with Glamorous earned her membership into the Horror Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2655

Special guest Amanda Goudeau
Friday
05/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Amanda Goudeau from Houston, Texas, whose parents began to abuse her when she was three years old. "About the age of 7," she says, "I was molested by the husband of a babysitter. I was isolated and in a constant state of fear. The physical abuse lasted for 21 years. However, 22-25 years old was emotionally, verbally, and psychologically abused via phone calls and text messages." Now Amanda tries to help others on YouTube. "The major feelings that I experienced during abuse was fear, loneliness, and felt detested by my parents," she explains. "When my fiancé (now husband) gave me a plane ticket to move out of state to avoid harassment, I was able to leave the house with my parents. They still had phone and text access to me, however, because I believed they could improve. I relocated back to the same state as them four years after we married because I felt they had improved. However, after a few days, the verbal, psychological, and fear of violence returned, and I decided I could not bear it any longer and went no contact. I'm working on overcoming my fear of failure as well as the trauma-related (PTSD symptoms)." Amanda concludes, "Now that I'm no longer in that dysfunctional relationship with my parents, I'm at peace and serenity. However, I still have ambitions to make my work align with my passion, which is to help people heal and build healthier relationships with God, themselves, and others. I have a podcast called "Abuse Exposed" that offers listeners insight into the various types of abuse through audio examples."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
05/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Lisa Zarcone
Wednesday
05/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lisa Zarcone from Springfield, Massachusetts, a returning NAASCA family member and the NAASCA Ambassador for her state. A child abuse survivor and activist, she's the author of 'The Unspoken Truth, A Memoir.' Her book is about childhood neglect and abuse at the hands of her severely mentally ill mother and others. Lisa says, "I wrote my story to promote awareness for mental health issues, child safety and to bring a voice to so many who have the same unspoken truth as myself." She uses three words to describe her childhood experiences: horrific, disgusting and hideous. Her home life left a lot to be desired. "My mother would bring all types of strange people into our home, which set me up as prey." Lisa buried the abuse deep inside herself for years. In the 'The Unspoken Truth', she shares her story through the eyes of a child, giving the reader a first-hand view of abuse through the child's perspective. This is a profound look at her life as it has unfolded. Lisa gained her voice by validating her story, and she healed through the process. By looking at the views and perspective of the people in her life that hurt and abused her, she found understanding and forgiveness. It was a difficult journey to get to this point in her life, but she dug deep into her past and sifted through the rubble piece by piece. Lisa is passionate about advocating, raising awareness and pushing for change! Her motto is 'Embrace The Journey', because you never know what will fall into your path, and every moment is a valuable lesson.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Rev. Hilda Thomasine Wren
Tuesday
05/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Hilda Thomasine Wren from Frederick, Maryland, a strong voice on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse and a member of the clergy. She worked at Maryland hospitals with rape victims and is a chaplin who works with hospitals and hospice. She is healed now after staying on her healing journey for many years. She is the author of the book 'A Plain Brown Wren'. Her autobiography is about growing up in a household of terror from alcoholics, drug addictions and a aunt who began prostituting her at age 12. She was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by many adults. Hilda relays that her childhood was very hard, because of her alcoholic parents and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her stepfather. Hilda lived in a world of people who drank, took advantage of her and used her as a sex object. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Kathleen Niestadt
Monday
05/03/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Kathleen Niestadt from Louisville, Kentucky. "My paternal grandfather was my abuser," she reveals. "The abuse started right before my 5th birthday. The feelings I had growing up was mostly numbness, depression, anxiety, and fear." Kathleen further explains, "My family was in the next room in my view when he told me he knew I liked what he was doing because I was not making him stop. He continued doing things to me and when I was 7, he first raped me." Healing hasn't been easy. "The current status of my recovery process is good and still difficult for me. I have been in therapy since the end of 2005. I feel hopeful, and happy to help others who have gone through what was done to them, and to educate those who have never experienced this." Life was extremely hard, and she struggled in every aspect of life. "I developed unhealthy dissociation to help me endure the pain," she says. "I was in constant turmoil. The abuse lasted for about 6 1/2 years total before my grandfather died and then it stopped." Kathleen has been diagnosed with Severe Depressive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Complex PTSD. "I am in therapy and have been in therapy since 2006," she explains. Kathleen has spoken about her abuse many times. "I have spoken at the University of Louisville's Human Trafficking Conference and the Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Conference. One insight I will share with other survivors' is 'Do not give up'. Work on your healing in your way, and try new things, journaling, drawing, poetry, movement, breathing, there are so many things you can put in your tool belt to help you move down the road of healing."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2650

Special guest Ed Squire
Friday
04/30/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Ed Squire from Denver, Colorado. "My father, his brothers, and sister were sexually abused as children by their stepfather," Ed reports, "who was the same man that sexually abused me. I was sexually abused from age four until ten by three different men." He goes on, "I mostly felt confused when I was four years old because I didn't understand what was happening to me and I learned how to disassociate while I was being abused as I got older, but I remember the feeling of always wishing someone would walk in and discover what was going on." Now he's able to manage his life in a way that is productive, as healthy as it can be, and says, "I have a tremendous amount of gratitude and thanksgiving to be alive and for who I've become." Helping others, Ed runs a non profit organization, 'MeTooWhatNow' and has a YouTube channel. "I'm currently in a relaunch phase where I'm working on a documentary about a lawsuit I filed against the school board and the teacher back in Canada, I'm writing my memoir, and I'm creating an online video course for survivors to help them work through their trauma." Ed is certainly staying busy. "My first written published work is a chapter I contributed to a book called ‘World Changers' in collaboration with an author from South Africa which is in the final stages of the publishing process. I speak as often as I can to other advocacy groups, nonprofit organizations, as well as podcasting and social media summits, since I'm heavily invested in social media and have a podcast of my own."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder, 12 Step Recovery
Thursday
04/29/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Jeremy Bryant
Wednesday
04/28/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jeremy Bryant from Austin, Texas. Jeremy is the baby of 7 kids, and his abuse started at the age of 6. He was molested by his step brother, the oldest of the 7 siblings. The abuse lasted 10 years. At the age of 16 Jeremy reported the abuse to his family. His family told him that he was lying and just wanted money. Jeremy took off from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, at that time and went to California and became a male prostitute. Jeremy chose an alternative lifestyle for years. He has finally after 33 years forgiven. After years of addiction and alter egos Jeremy is healing. Jeremy has been in trauma therapy for years. He states that therapy has saved his life. He's currently processing this all in EMDR and is on the road to freedom. The fight he has fought for the past 30 years has brought attention to child sexual assault. In Oklahoma, Jeremy is currently proceeding with a civil case against his molester. There is a House Bill in Oklahoma that is in Congress that will change the Statue of Limitations to no age limit whatsoever to prosecute child predators. Jeremy is married to his high school sweetheart and is a father and husband. Jeremy wants all survivors to know that, “ .. all survivors must speak up and out [because] there is justice and healing."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
04/27/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Kirsten Olive
Monday
04/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Kirsten Oliver from Ft Worth, Texas, who has memories of sexual abuse at age of 3 to 8 years old. "I was molested by my mother's best friend's boyfriend," she says. "My mother let this man babysit me. I would numb myself and I was terrorized and disgusted. I would throw up afterwards. I peed my pants a lot." Kirsten was later abused by her stepmother. "I am working through a lot of pain and heartache and loneliness. I started on my healing journey when I was 41 because started coming about the severity of being raped and sexually abused." She goes on, "My little dog helped me a lot and watching Mr. Rogers on TV. I would see sex parties between my mom and her friends. There was violence with guns and physical fighting from different people they would bring in. I saw my mom bust out windows with her fist when she was drunk or high. I felt a lot of anger so when I went to my mother's moms house, I would break her toys." Kirsten explains, "I felt like I was this dirty little disgusting girl. I still cry and cry for that little girl and deal with it by not running away from the pain but continue on my healing journey by dealing with it. I felt real loneliness." She thought she was the only one who went through the sexual abuse. In recovery now, Kirsten's getting better. "I am seeing a trauma based Christian counselor who is spirit filled. I went three times to a women's retreat for women who have been sexually abused and more. I am still feeling apprehensive and feel overwhelmed because I am right on the edge of diving deep into my healing."
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Special guest Angela Turpin
Friday
04/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Angela Turpin from Fresno, California, a child abuse survivor, coach and author. She was abused  emotionally, mentally, physically, and sexually, emotional and mentally by her mother. "My mom married the man that was abusing me sexually which started was around 3 years old," Angela says. "The sexual and physical abuse stopped around 7 or 8 years old. I endured mental and emotional abuse until I was 18." After struggling in her personal life and not knowing why, Angela was raped for a second time at 27, and she began to have flashbacks of the sexual abuse. Now she's a 'Breakthrough Coach', blogger and author. "Truth is," she explains, "I didn't really understand any of it was abuse until I was much older. When I looked back on it, when I had gotten older, I just thought it was normal that people grew up with their mothers like that. When I was 27 and had flashbacks of the sexual abuse, I couldn't remember the details. [But] I did remember the physical abuse." Recovery means everything to her. "I am very grateful for my ability to overcome things. I am at peace with my abuser, my past, and myself. That's something I never thought I was going to find." Angela advises that survivors should always hold onto their truth. "People will question it and make you question it. That's okay. That's part of the process. Hold onto your truth despite what everyone tells you and keep moving forward. Don't be afraid to leave behind what doesn't serve you." Angela empowers women to strive for their best lives no matter what they have been through.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Pamela Lockridge
Thursday
04/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pamela Lockridge. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Kim Lakin
Wednesday
04/21/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Kim Lakin from Littleton, Colorado, a child abuse survivor and activist who's the founder of 'Soar On Eagles Wings', where she teaches about prevention and intervention. Kim's an Authorized Instructor and Certified Facilitator for Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children; as well as a facilitator for The Monique Burr Foundation. She speaks from her own experience, "My abuse started when I was 5 years old, with the cousin of my friend, who lived across the street. It continued throughout my childhood by a cousin, by my stepdad and then a stranger." Now she says, "I will always be in the recovery process. I don't think that will go away. I feel that my work with facilitating has been a big part of my healing the past 4 years. I feel empowered and free when I am providing classes for the community." Kim explains, "My mom worked for a judge and my step dad worked for Animal Control. Things appeared normal on the outside; however, reality was, my parents were doing drugs in the evening and weekends. I believe God was a big part of my healing journey from the beginning. It gave me the ability to forgive." Her life is different today. "I am an Instructor and Facilitator for Darkness to Light, Stewards of children. A two-hour class for adults that teaches the 5 Steps to Protecting Children. 1. Learn The Facts; 2. Minimize Opportunity; 3. Talk About It; 4. Recognize the  Signs; 5. React Responsibly. I am also a facilitator for The Monique Burr Foundation for children. I was recently in Stories of Roaring Faith and I'm working on writing a book. I have spoken for MOPs groups and churches, in addition to the classes I facilitate. I've also been on a few podcasts."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
04/20/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special co host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Lindsay Songer
Monday
04/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lindsay Songer from Kentucky, whose mother was sexually abused by her mother’s second husband from the age of four to eighteen. "Her PTSD is what I had to deal with during my early years of development until I left home at age 17," Lindsay reports. "This meant that all my childhood and adolescent growth was hindered by mental and emotional second hand trauma." She explains, "My first memory of being emotionally abused by my mother was when she homeschooled me in second grade." She says of her mother, "She was really depressed and slept all the time which made me feel alone and neglected even though I received a lot of negative attention. She spanked me for not doing schoolwork right at times and this made me scared of her. It also appeared she wanted me to be a child prodigy." Childhood was hard. "I felt anxiety, anger, resentment, rebellious, bad attitude, I felt like I was being indoctrinated at times when my mom made me do and say things over and over again as she tried to live vicariously through me." Lindsay goes on, "I have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and I have PTSD. I still have bad dreams and certain situations I encounter remind me of my abuse, and I still have to watch for triggers when my mom texts me religious stuff." And today? "I am very busy raising two children. I am a Marine Vet and I consider this part of my life as giving me strength to cope and stay busy not having to deal with my past. I work as a nurse in the Operating Room at a hospital. I have managed an inpatient behavioral health unit dealing with mania, psychosis and detoxing from alcohol and drugs."
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Special guest Sean Wheeler
Friday
04/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sean Wheeler from Loveland, Colorado. He says, "Being groomed and sexualized even before entering kindergarten was confusing and fearful. Traffickers like to keep their victims afraid and they did a good job with me. Three things summarize those feelings: shame, guilt and fear." Sean continues, "When my parents divorced and my mom found a new job in another state I was able to escape that network, but the damage was done. There was not just one abuser, and I was offered up to both men and women. There are no outward physical injuries, though I was beaten by the abusers." He explains, "My abuse started with the grooming before age 5, but I was actively networked from 5 to just before turning 10. After that we moved away from that town, however I still encountered predators and the last time I was 'gotten' I was age 19." Sean goes on, "In 2010 I met a lady in my former church who turned out to be a Christian Counselor with survivors of abuse. She started me on a healing process that continues to this day, which I describe in my book 'Wretch – Haunted by Shadows, Rescued by Jesus'." Sean's doing much better today. "How I feel now is a lot better than I ever have in my entire life. I still work off and on with Christian counselors, because while the 'network' I was in lasted for part of my growing up years, it created in me a person who was vulnerable. Later on if people hit on me I complied, because I believed a lie of the enemy that it's what I was created for. I didn't know I had a choice, and quite honestly to a kid who felt alone I figured fake love was better than nothing."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
04/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Doug Probst
Wednesday
04/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Doug Probst from Long Beach, California, a professional musician who survived horrible child abuse, in and out of the system, in prison and on the streets. He chronicled his story in his book, 'Mayotte: Musings Of A Narcissist: A Survivor's Story', saying, "It's a brutally honest description of my childhood, which was scarred with physical and sexual abuse by my parents, priests, probation officers and others who were my authority figures in the LA County Probation System." Now 55 and in recovery, Doug explains, "As long as I wake up grateful every day thanking God for another chance to begin over, I feel very good about the day. I take each day one day at a time. Today is a gift with no guarantees." He goes on, "I was born into addiction with an alcoholic mother and a child rapist father. Later, I was placed into boys' homes where some adults required sexual favors for proper care." This was in Northern California. "My father was a cold, scary man and a child rapist. He raped and beat me and my sister many times from the age of two until I was taken out of the home by authorities at age 12." Healing started in Doug's 50s. "When my son was born in 1990, he changed my life. I was now living for him and I sacrificed my career in music to take care of him full time. I wasn't the perfect parent as I still had a lot of unresolved anger BUT - I NEVER HIT HIM. I couldn't imagine hitting him. Joshua is 31 today and we have a great relationship. I've been a California substance abuse counselor for five years and I facilitate groups on how to heal from sexual assault as a child."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
04/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Mike Tikkanen
Monday
04/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Mike Tikkanen from Hopkins, Minnesota, a returning NAASCA family member. He's perfect for appearing in April, Child Abuse Awareness month. Mike is all about working on prevention and intervention in his home state. The founder and President of 'Kids at Risk Action' (KARA), a non-profit action tank that supports the people, policies, and programs that improve the lives of at-risk children. Mike knows all the statistics of child abuse. He recently worked on a local PSA project, and asked us at NAASCA for ideas about how a survivor can 'Start a Recovery Group'. We recommend his book: 'Invisible Children: Pre-Teen Mothers, Adolescent Felons, and What We Can Do About It'. It's an uncomfortably close look at the American cycle of abuse and its cost. Mike explains, "The need for civic involvement of young future community leaders is the solution to America's 'At Risk Youth' problem. Without today's college students understanding and support, schools will continue to fail, streets to be unsafe, and jails to fill." Mike often speaks at local and national venues and has been the keynote speaker at business, community, and religious organizations. He's led a workshop at the UN in New York addressing the rights of children. Since 1996, he's volunteered in the Guardian Ad-Litem program as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and has worked with many 'Invisible Children' who are part of the County Child Protection System. Contact him at: Mike@Invisiblechildren.org
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Special guest Tona Buck
Friday
04/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Tona Buck from Trenton, New Jersey, whose father was never in her life. "I started being sexually abused at the age of 3 by my mom's then-boyfriend I called him dad," she says. "I was young so being abused was normal, this was the way my abuser showed me how he loved me, as he would abuse me, he would tell me how I was a good girl and how much he loved me. I was abused until I was 7 years old. Eventually, I was able to get away from my abuser when he moved out." Tona recognized at a young age that she loved helping people. She began assisting the Trenton community by taking on many endeavors. The theme of community empowerment is echoed throughout all of Tona's  work. "I started an organization called R.O.S.A (Rising Over Sexual Abuse)," she says, "[where] the mission is to empower children, break the silence against sexual abuse and be the voice for the voiceless." She recently finished composing the documentary, 'Why We Didn't Tell,' a narrative about African American sexual assault survivors. Tona explains, "This year will be our 4th sexual assault month walk." Tona wants the audience to know that not just survivors, but the unaffected community as well, have the ability to choose to be powerless or powerful when it comes to protecting children. "Talking about it is the biggest part of my recovery," she says, "by sharing my stories with others, as I let others know that my pain." Tona concludes her work, ".. has turned into my passion and my purpose. Society must be educated on how to protect children by being watchful and involved."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
04/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. As an activist, Barbara can regularly be found carrying the messages of prevention, intervention and recovery on podcasts, as an invited speaker and in various groups. Please find her list of numerous upcoming Current Events on her web site! In addition, she and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has amazing energy and a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Cathlene Miner
Wednesday
04/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Cathlene Miner from St. Augustine, Florida, whose mother had her at 15. They lived across the street from her grandparents. "Mom grew up in a very abusive home, her father would abuse my grandmother and all of the children." She says, "For my grandmother it lasted till she passed away from a brain injury." Cathlene explains, "From being exposed to domestic abuse as a third-party since a very young age I always wondered why people stay and why abusers do what they do. After raising four children I went on to be certified as a domestic violence advocate and started my own nonprofit ('Hopeful Handbags')." She goes on, "Being exposed to domestic abuse as a third-party since a very young age I always wondered why people stay and why abusers do what they do. I started my own nonprofit 'Hopeful Handbags' to raise hope, help and support to those getting back on their feet from domestic abuse, spreading prevention and awareness, opening the very important conversation so that those still in abusive situations feel safe and confident to reach out for help. We do this by starting with once-loved handbags filled necessities and donating them to those getting back on their feet. That just opens the conversation." According to Cathlene, "A key goal is educating and getting communities involved in domestic abuse awareness and what to look for. 'Hopeful Handbags' is active in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Caribbean, Uganda and South Africa. There have been numerous magazine articles and consistent social media content daily since 2017."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Rev. Hilda Thomasine Wren
Tuesday
04/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Hilda Thomasine Wren from Frederick, Maryland, a strong voice on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse and a member of the clergy. She worked at Maryland hospitals with rape victims and is a chaplin who works with hospitals and hospice. She is healed now after staying on her healing journey for many years. She is the author of the book 'A Plain Brown Wren'. Her autobiography is about growing up in a household of terror from alcoholics, drug addictions and a aunt who began prostituting her at age 12. She was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by many adults. Hilda relays that her childhood was very hard, because of her alcoholic parents and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her stepfather. Hilda lived in a world of people who drank, took advantage of her and used her as a sex object. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Nicole Fontaine
Monday
04/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nicole Fontaine from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the youngest of 10 children. "My parents are residential school survivors," she says, ".. they grew up in Church run schools. Unhealthy relationships are a norm in our community so the abuse was always there. I was sexual abused by a close family member around the age of 5." Nicole goes on, "I grew up in a home that had unhealthy family dynamics, abuse was happening all around. It was mental, emotional, sexual and spiritual. This lasted right up into my adult years and it is still occurring as I look in from the outside. When the abuse occurred I thought it was a normal everyday thing that children experienced, it was happening all around our community." She continues, "I lived with PTSD for all my life, I was stuck in my trauma. In my twenties (after my first child was born) I was fortunate to meet some great helpers along the way, this is when my healing began. I visited with many therapists and also relied on pharmaceuticals to help with depression and anxiety. Nothing seemed to help because I never dealt with my wounded inner child. I am creating healthy boundaries for me and my family." Nichole is busy now. "I work with social services and deliver parenting and domestic violence workshops. I teach my clients and empower them to use their voices to escape from abusive relationships. I share my life story with clients when we are working on genograms and our history as Indigenous people. It is not our fault that abuse happened to us, that took me almost 40 Years to accept that and believe it. We have the power to be in healthier relationships and to be happy."
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Special guest Dr. Teresa Van Woy
Friday
04/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr. Teresa Van Woy from Benicia, California, a survivor of physical, emotional and neglectful child abuse, along with eight siblings, at the hands of their mother. The impoverished family lived in a camper and later at a homeless shelter in San Francisco. "My mother finally found a studio apartment for us in the slums of the Tenderloin district," she says, "amongst the drug dealers and prostitutes. And it was here that my life changed forever. At the age of 7, I was now in charge of taking care of my mother, my older sister, and my younger twin brothers." Teresa, now a Podiatrist, has written a compelling memoir, 'Wildflower: A Tale of Transcendence'. All about her childhood abuse, it's an inspirational memoir, written from a child's perspective, so it includes her adventures and fantasies of living a better life. "My healing began when I started writing my book. My secret had been locked away all my life, hidden from myself and from the world. When that pen touched the paper, unleashing all my past trauma, that's when the healing journey began." Teresa's past is the past. "My mother's abuse to me was rampant, throwing things at me, punching me, kicking, tossing me against the walls, throwing plates of food at me, kicking me outside naked, etc. My only refuge was school and my adventures around the city. Life was very scary." Now she's better. "I am right where I want to be in life." Happily married with three beautiful daughters, she says, “I hope to inspire them to believe in themselves.” She's also an activist in her community, and has spoken at the Solano County First Five event about her abuse.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
04/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest John-Michael Lander
Wednesday
03/31/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is John-Michael Lander from Kettering, Ohio, who grew up in a poor family in a small farm community in Ohio. "My parents were barely living from paycheck to paycheck, feeding and raising six children," John-Michael says. "Springboard/platform diving was an expensive sport" he goes on. "When I was fifteen years old, I took eight in the Junior Olympics and dreamed about the Olympics when a lawyer presented my mother an offer she could not refuse. Through the lawyer, I was introduced to my coaches, the medical team, and sponsors who sexually abused me." Now he speaks out about his experiences. "My life was in shambles, filled with secrets, and confusing. I was filled with such shame and continuously berated and blaming myself as being my fault. I had no one to turn to because when I tried to tell my mom, she slapped me and said that it wasn't nice to make up lies about people." John-Michael is getting the word out in many ways. "I have written the serial ''Surface Series based on my traumatic experience, including 'Surface Tension', 'Cracked Surface', and soon to be published, 'Broken Surface'. I have had the honor to speak at the 2019 and 2020 National Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit in Washington, D.C.; on the Discussion panel twice for the Netflix film, 'Athlete A'; provided testimony for CHILD USA's End Game and to Maryland Legislation's Statute of Limitation Policy; and I have spoken in England and Canada. I broke my silence in October 2018 when I shared my story on the TEDxDayton stage."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder, 12 Step Recovery
Tuesday
03/30/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Charles Prinzen
Monday
03/29/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Charles (Chuck) Prinzen from Fairfield, California, a returning NAASCA family member. A survivor and activist, Chuck is an educator who's worked with youth for many years. His 'Me Inc Now' project offers guidance to teens (and their parents). In fact, in 2018 he was the Keynote Speaker at Banning High School, addressing the Los Angeles Unified School Board (LAUSB). Chuck says that he survived 'cycles of life' and says his story of abuse is no different than many others who have experienced abuse .. the same torment, pain, feelings of loneliness and despair. "It was not till I was older that I could clearly see the past. They say that hindsight is twenty-twenty, mine was not, it was blurry." He goes on, "The first step to seeing the past clearly was when a kindhearted gift of love was given to me by a stranger." Chuck's principal goal to help instill self-worth, self-esteem, and self-respect in today's youth, and that's that 'Me.Inc.Now' (me expressing I need change now) is all about. A brighter future can be achieved by incorporating cultural change in our youth of today through understanding lessons of the past to bridge the ever growing generation gap. Change is built upon a foundation of communication, listening, and love. 'Me.Inc.Now' is committed to inspiring positive thoughts and breaking cycles of anger and resentment that prevent young individuals from being the best version of themselves. "I am thankful for learning that 'love' is most the powerful tool in my emotional toolbox," Chuck writes, "no more sorrow and loneliness, no more bruises, no more pain, no more fear."
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Special guest Rodney Calmes
Friday
03/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Rodney Calmes from Cornell, Michigan, who says, "I met my wife when I was 29 and dated her for about 2 years and got married when I was 31. She had listened to me and became a great blessing in my life. She stands behind me when I run my page and share my story because she knows it will bring healing and help others heal. My wife is a great support." He further explains, "I realize that the things I have been through and the things I have learned from what I have been through had to be unlearned, along with many behavior patterns, self-destructive behavior, thought patterns, and I had to relearn the correct way of doing things. This is a daily process." Rodney details his young life, saying, "From the time I was born until I was 4, my mother and dad were married. My mother was a good mother to me. My dad was an absentee father. I was slow to catch on to things, and my dad showed more favor to my brother during that time. When I was 4 years old, I lived with my grandparents who used to spank me with a 3-foot stick until I could not feel the stick hitting my butt anymore for every little thing. I got at least one round spankings a day." Adult life was tough, too. "I felt that if too many people discovered that I was abused, that they were going to think there was something wrong with me." Now he's healing. "I now realize that God has made me into a beautiful, loving person who even cares for strangers as much as I care for myself. God gave me that heart. I also realize God's love for me, and His love for others, and every person is precious to Him."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Rev. Hilda Thomasine Wren
Thursday
03/25/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Hilda Thomasine Wren from Frederick, Maryland, a strong voice on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse and a member of the clergy. She worked at Maryland hospitals with rape victims and is a chaplin who works with hospitals and hospice. She is healed now after staying on her healing journey for many years. She is the author of the book 'A Plain Brown Wren'. Her autobiography is about growing up in a household of terror from alcoholics, drug addictions and a aunt who began prostituting her at age 12. She was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by many adults. Hilda relays that her childhood was very hard, because of her alcoholic parents and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her stepfather. Hilda lived in a world of people who drank, took advantage of her and used her as a sex object. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Morgan Whiting
Wednesday
03/24/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Morgan Whiting from Louisville, Kentucky. She experienced emotional and physical abuse growing up, but did not realize the level of abuse she'd experienced until she was much older. "From one of my parents, I remember being hit and smacked with switches," she says. "But the emotional abuse is what stuck and continues to be a part of life today. I am also a survivor of adult domestic violence and sexual violence. Some of my major feelings we confusion, a high sense of anxiety, and isolated-where do I turn? Who can I trust?" Morgan explains, "I was adopted at 2 weeks old to two mommas and grew up in Corydon, Indiana. I have 2 brothers, 2 sisters, several nieces and nephews and extended family. But for my story, my chosen family is incredibly important because I had to find safety and support outside of my family system." As she says, "I will forever live with my trauma. I had not effectively moved into my healing until 2020. I had been through numerous therapists but none that truly helped until this last year. I go to therapy with my trauma and leave with it. What I am working hard to learn is how to be my best self while living with my trauma and how to transform it into good." Morgan is now an activist. "Today, I serve as the Statewide Sexual Assault Response Team Coordinator for the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking. I train teams made of up prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners to respond effectively to sexual violence cases in their counties. I am co-chair the Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Coalition and train community [about] human trafficking."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich, minister and therapist
Tuesday
03/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Christine Samad
Monday
03/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Christine Samad from Valrico, Florida. She explains, "My foster parents emotionally and psychologically abused me. I was placed in foster care at three days old. They had six of their own biological children who were older and not living in the house (except for the youngest daughter). I lived in fear. I stayed quiet and isolated." She's healing now. "I started healing during the pandemic when I started recognizing my feelings, and giving myself permission to grieve and feel angry. I started using better help, and when I was ready for in person therapy, my counselor helped me and supported me through the change." Christine explains, "I have a biological father who passed in 2011. I would visit him monthly. He was struggling and working hard with no support. He was trying to raise my sister and not lose us both. He struggled with depression and anger. My biological mother has not been in my life. She has schizophrenia, and set our house on fire when I was a baby." Home life was always difficult. "I lived in a house that was filled with domestic violence, racism, substance abuse and secrets. I learned how to stay quiet and follow the rules to stay safe. I felt unidentified, isolated, depressed. I struggle with OCD and PTSD." Now on her healing journey, Christine says, "I am currently making art and sharing my story. I have started creating YouTube videos as well. I have made goals to speak to parents who want to foster children, and on social media I am creating awareness about emotional trauma. I am writing a poetry and art book and will be publishing it later this year. This will be my third self-published poetry book. They'll be available on Amazon."
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Special guest Jessica Reilly
Friday
03/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jessica Reilly from Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. "I was born in London to American parents who were both adult children of alcoholics", she says. "High WASP and highly dysfunctional upbringing! My father was a pedophile and began abusing me when I was a toddler. The abuse lasted until I was 6 years old - my mother flew back to the USA for her brother's funeral and came back to catch my father in the act of abusing me. He left and my mother pretended everything was OK and refused to address this or any other unpleasant subjects. I learned how to fake everything and wear a mask." She explains, "I learned how to disassociate and compartmentalize at an early age. The abuse started so young I blocked out memories until I was ready to face them and deal with the trauma in middle age. After living in chaos and self-destructive tendencies my entire life, I realized I kept re-traumatizing myself in picking the wrong romantic and business partners." Jessica goes on, "I developed a drinking problem that landed me in evidence-based rehab with the nation's best trauma therapy program. I can't believe I'm the same person...my entire perspective has shifted." As she says, she's growing. "I'm currently working on my first novel - a murder mystery which I hope will bring awareness to this important issue. Pre-COVID, I spoke regularly to local recovery groups and institutions about my journey of recovery and hope." Jessica wants to help others. "It is time to stop the cycle of abuse! We are the lucky ones. We have each other and these forums for support. Our predecessors (and perhaps our own abusers) didn't have that outlet or opportunity. We are too many to be ignored. It is time to speak out and prevent the next generation from the devastating, lifelong effects of child abuse."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
03/18/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Dr. Lori Pitts
Wednesday
03/17/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr. Lori Pitts from Los Angeles, California, whose first abuser was her uncle who was also her god father. This relationship greatly impacted her relationship with the divine. Lori was sexually violated 3'x throughout her life with the first assault starting at the tender age of 5. She was gang raped during high school and was convinced that this was her fault causing feelings of self-doubt. She survived an attempted rape yet again at age 26, during the pregnancy of her youngest child by yet another family member. The primary feelings Dr. Lori experienced were extreme guilt, shame, and confusion of why this continued to happen to her. She was beginning to believe that this was what she was placed here for, to be sexually violated by men. As a former clinical counselor, Dr. Lori is an advocate for mental health and has been in counseling dealing with her abuse for 10+ years. She has most recently dealt with forgiveness of her parents and other adults in her life that did not protect her as a child. Further, she has been working through forgiving herself while removing the guilt and shame associated with the assault. Dr. Lori is currently working on a book to be published later this year, that tells her story shedding light on the many areas of her life that were effected by being sexually violated. Dr. Lori regularly shares her story during the Women's Wellness Circle that is held the first Saturday of each month as well as on social media platforms. Dr. Lori most recently shared her story of Alchemy during the invitation of the Anu Practice where she was the key note speaker for their Sunday Service.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
03/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Mary Knight
Monday
03/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Mary Knight from Bellingham, Washington, a returning NAASCA family member. She is a survivor of various forms of familial human trafficking, including child pornography produced by her parents. A retired social worker, Annie has been a full-time writer and filmmaker since 2010. Knight tells about the path she took to the great life she now has in her personal documentary 'Am I Crazy? My journey to determine if my memories are true'. Mary explains, "My parents were church leaders who took me to church three times a week AND they were my pimps." She's also a survivor of child pornography produced by her parents. As a clinical social worker, Mary Knight, MSW, placed over 100 children in adoptive homes, provided therapeutic services for traumatized children, and, by court appointment, conducted 400 divorce custody evaluations. She has been a full-time writer and filmmaker since 2010. She tells about the path she took to the great life she now lives. "I reevaluated my recovered memories," she says, "on camera." Included are psychiatrist Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, noted psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Loftus and survivor/advocate and fellow NAASCA family member former Miss America Marilyn Van Debur. Mary wants copies of her film 'Am I Crazy?' in the right hands. "Free downloads are available to survivors who can't otherwise easily afford them."
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Special guest Dr. Tina Medina
Friday
03/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr. Tina Medina from Kansas City, Kansas. She was sexually molested as a child by her uncle. In recovery, Tina is now a professional writer specializing in public relations, community/media relations, technical and grant writing. "My book series explains how God is capable of healing the wounded spirit of a sexual abuse victim," she says. "I have a book for preschoolers, schooled aged children, teenagers, and adults. I have writing journals and am developing the counselor's guides at this time." As Tina tells her story, "I was scared when my uncle touched me and was frightened because he woke me up in those instances. Although it only occurred three to five times, and only for 10 seconds or so, I still do not like to be woke up and I do not like for a man to touch me without my permission." Years later, she began her healing through the help of the Pentecostal Church in 1998. "The journey to sexual abuse recovery is all about taking tiny steps to release pent up feelings and when they are gone," she explains, "then the fruit of the Holy Spirit can come in and all is well. The spiritual aspect of inner healing is crucial for full recovery. My spirit is the essence of me and it needed to be healed in order for me to be creative and fulfilled. Walking those baby steps are huge healing steps because it is our version of walking on water. What was once thought to be impossible is now very much attainable. That is the hope of God."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
03/11/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Elizabeth Sullivan
Wednesday
03/10/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Elizabeth Sullivan from Stillwater, Minnesota, a returning NAASCA family member and survivor of childhood sexual abuse and rape and the founder. She's the director of EmpowerSurvivors , a peer-led nonprofit organization that supports those that have experienced the crimes of childhood sexual abuse and rape.  "In 2013 at the age of 42 I broke my silence," Elizabeth says. "Kind of a forced breaking of silence because it came out due to several triggers that ended up putting me in ICU for two days with a heart rate that couldn't be regulated, chest pain and dry heaves. After two days the flashbacks started in, nightmares, intrusive thoughts, hyper vigilance and all of the rest." Her PTSD was basically out of control. "This begun the breaking of silence for me, the two day a week therapy sessions, group therapy and a lot of ups and downs and suicidal thoughts." Elizabeth goes on, "Breaking my silence was the best thing I ever did, and the hardest thing I ever did, and now I want to empower other survivors to do the same and find healing." Elizabeth is a certified peer support specialist. "I am someone that advocates for those that haven't found their voice," she says, "particularly adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse or any person that is poor in spirit or vulnerable. My objective is to help others on their journeys of healing from childhood sexual abuse and trauma as I also progress on my personal journey. My hope and dream are to somehow raise enough money to create a healing center on a ranch geared specifically for those who were sexually abused as children offering something different then the regular clinical setting."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Annie Margis, survivor and recovery author
Tuesday
03/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest is Annie Margis from Long Beach, California, who grew up in a large Catholic family. Most of her five siblings fell victim to a variety of abuses. "My parents never made me feel protected and I lived in sheer terror. I was a social misfit and had terrible social anxiety. My biological dad began molesting me at 3 years of age," she says. "I told the priest at confession that I had sinned against my dad but he told me to go back home and obey my dad. I felt caught in sin permanently and hopeless to get to heaven. I was doomed to go to hell." She explains, "Today I have no shame. My book is a non-graphic novel entitled 'The Ugliest Word'. I am doing research about what keeps people locked away from being able to discuss child abuse. We know how hard it was to live but we don't know how hard it is for someone who has never had to face it as a reality in society before." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Chris Scramuzzo
Monday
03/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Chris Scramuzzo from Denver, Colorado, who says his dad was a sociopath. "My dad told me uncles had sexually abused him. He lived his life lying to gain emotion and innocence." He explains, "His abuse started to me when I was born, he tried to smother me, beat me, sexually abused me, and indented my skull at my soft spot to damage my blood brain which started the vein to fill with toxins until the vein rupture and I had my stroke. It took 29 years to collect in my blood vein to rupture." He goes on, "School was even more of a problem for me because my dad set up my friendship styles which were in lieu. His guilt was laid on my shoulders by making his memories be my memories (ie gaslighting, narcissism). All the way through my school years I had to tell the truth. He would make me be the criminal through identity theft .. it was not my identity it's my dad. My dad wanted me to go to jail or for me to die in jail." Now things are different. "I see a psychiatrist now. I will be reaching out to a trauma-based therapist. Once I started on ADHD meds I seemed to get better. I only began to realize I was on my healing journey in 2018. I went from darkness to light during this time where I began to understand more about what was real in my life and what was illusion from my past. And I also have the recovery from my stroke going on." Chris' advice? “Look for truth, look for security, be firm in what you know, reach out to others who understand and that you can trust.”
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Special guest Tara Flynn
Friday
03/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Tara Flynn from Naugatuck, Connecticut, the younger of two children and who were raised by a single mother. "The father of the children that I babysat for abused me," Tara says. "The abuse occurred over the summer of 2002 between the ages of 14 and 15. I continued babysitting for the family, thinking it was my fault, keeping the dark secret between him and I. Guilt, shame, fear. I felt it all and nothing, at the same time." Now she's changed. "I see how valuable it is for people to put a face to a survivor and be able to relate." Tara explains, "What truly started my healing journey was when my perpetrator was released from prison and off parole and I learned that there were no protections in place. I reached out to a local sexual assault counselor and started seeing her. After about a year, I gained the courage to join 'Jane Doe No More'. There I became part of a family of truly incredible survivors that have help me in more ways than I can mention, throughout the years. They taught me how to share my story. Healing is not a sprint it is a marathon. And I am in it every day." She continues, "I am now an Outreach member with 'Jane Doe No More'. JDNM has been instrumental in my healing. I also co-chair the advocacy committee, where we work on legislation, community & SAAM events, and anything to help advocate for survivors. I work with survivors to share their stories, advance their healing, and help educate others. I have shared my story with anyone who will listen."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
03/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2608

Special guest Francine Umaru
Wednesday
03/03/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Francine Anne Umaru from Crofton, Maryland, also known as 'Sistah Fran', was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Englewood, New Jersey. She is proud of her Jamaican heritage. Francine was saved by the pen at a tender age, while suffering from childhood sexual, physical, and verbal abuse by her biological father. "When I was about 12 or 13 years old, I was emotionally, physically, and sexually abused by my biological father," she says. "My mother was complicit and is still married to him. The home I grew up in felt like a place in hell." Francine continues, "The unresolved trauma and toxic stress I carried manifested into Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which I struggle with every day. I started my healing journey in October 2020. I have been seeing a trauma-informed therapist twice a week since then. I am still a work in progress and healing is not a linear process." Her passion for poetry has continued into adulthood. As the founder of 'Break the Silence and Bloom', she carries out her mission to facilitate and normalize conversations around child abuse and neglect; to encourage adult survivors to share their truth in safe spaces and promote healing so they can bloom. "In July 2017, I published my first book of 30 poems, 'Break the Silence & Bloom: My Poetic Testimonies'. There is a process between breaking your silence and blooming -- it is called "healing". We cannot bloom until we do the inner work first."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2607

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Rev. Hilda Thomasine Wren
Tuesday
03/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest will be Hilda Thomasine Wren from Frederick, Maryland, a strong voice on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse and a member of the clergy. She worked at Maryland hospitals with rape victims and is a chaplin who works with hospitals and hospice. She is healed now after staying on her healing journey for many years. She is the author of the book 'A Plain Brown Wren'. Her autobiography is about growing up in a household of terror from alcoholics, drug addictions and a aunt who began prostituting her at age 12. She was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by many adults. Hilda relays that her childhood was very hard, because of her alcoholic parents and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her stepfather. Hilda lived in a world of people who drank, took advantage of her and used her as a sex object. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Cindi Taylor
Monday
03/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Cindi Taylor from Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. "My sexual abuse started at age 7 and continued until I was 15 by my stepfather," she reports. "My mother asked me one day after school if something was happening / did happen between the two of us [but] I didn’t get away until I moved our if the house I grew up in. I was confused, scared. I knew this wasn’t happening to my girlfriends." Cindi explains, " I didn't get away until I moved our if the house I grew up in. I was confused, scared. I knew this wasn't happening to my girlfriends. I have complex PTSD, ADHD. I am completely at peace with the abuse. I know that the abuse was put upon me because I kept a positive attitude, determination and sheer grit about processing through it all and not only surviving, but thriving in spite of everything." Now she's an active advocate. "I have started a foundation called 'A Positive Survivor'. It's on FB and soon to be LinkedIn & Instagram. I have begun to book talks with local AA groups, women's shelters & schools to tell my story. They all need to remain positive and take their individual journey one day at a time. Always breathe, pray and walk daily to help your mind process, digest and work through all things: negative or positive!!"
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Special guest Dwight Hurych
Friday
02/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dwight Hurych from Greensboro, North Carolina, author of the new book, 'Who Else Can Love You?'. Dwight's primary abuse was the emotional neglect inflicted upon him by his mother, his custodial parent. Since infancy, he received no affection, appreciation or unconditional love from his mother, and hardly any recognition. This continued until after he graduated from high school. Trying to connect with his mother only left him feeling utterly frustrated by her indifference and tremendously distraught from her complete lack of compassion. He reports that after a lifetime of struggling with relationships and two failed marriages, he sought therapy and support, so he didn't really 'get away' from the effects of the emotional neglect ingrained in his body until later in life. In relationships Dwight felt like a misunderstood misfit, often exhibiting needy behavior because he was so desperate for attention. Dwight explains he started therapy and Al-Anon about two decades ago. Later, he learned about inner child work and recovery from C-PTSD. Today, he continues inner child therapy for greater embracing of all his inner parts, living more authentically and wholeheartedly than ever before. He recently published a book of poetic affirmations of self-love from the perspective of his delighted inner child. The book is called, 'Who Else Can Love You?' and is suitable for any child, inner or outer. The purpose of this particular show is for me and my guests to discuss the value of inner child therapy in order to give adult survivors tools and options for their own therapeutic healing journey.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Wanda McKinley, 'We Are Survivors'
Thursday
02/25/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Wanda McKinley from Dallas, Texas, founder and CEO of 'We Are Survivors Foundation', an International non-profit Organization for abused men, women and children. Wanda was a victim of abuse for 24 consecutive years. Her biological father began to molest her as early as six. Then at the age of thirteen her biological father and stepfather raped her .. until the age of eighteen. With her ex-husband from the age of nineteen, she endured physical, mental, verbal, sexual and financial abuse until she found the strength to leave at the age of thirty-one. Due to the trauma that she experienced; she began to become an example for others. Wanda is the best-selling author of the 'We Are Survivors Workbook Series'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2603

Special guest Caroline Pugh-Roberts
Wednesday
02/24/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Caroline Pugh-Roberts from London, Ontario, Canada. Born in South Africa, her  family traveled extensively. She was first sexually abused at 8, when she was assaulted while swimming in a lake by a 13 year old boy. "I climbed out of the water and never said a word," she says, "but I was never the same child again." Raped at 14, 16 and 18, she fought back by pushing her last rapist out an 8 story window, killing him. "I had to, it was him or me," she says. "I was also trafficked for 8 years." Now she works full time with those who have been, are or at high risk of being trafficked. "I have struggled with Depression, anxiety, DID, conversion disorder, colitis, migraines. I have had over 10 years of therapy to get to the point where I can now be an advocate." She explains, "The day I finally got away, I stopped the drugs and got serious about not hurting anymore. I am far more at peace with myself. I work full time with those who have been, are or at high risk of being trafficked." Caroline concludes, "I have spoken to and educated over 40 thousand people on this issue, and am writing a book for survivors covering things like, 'Why do I still love him?' I am writing a curriculum that will be mandatory for all residents in the hospitals here. One of the big parts will be how to separate a minor victim from a guardian in order to ask the right questions."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2602

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
02/23/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Susan Glandon
Monday
02/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Susan Glandon from Owens Crossroads, Alabama, who came from a mostly loving family, but was abused by her step-father from about 3 or 4 years old, just after as he married her mother. "The abuse lasted my entire childhood," she says. "The sexual abuse abated physically, when I was about twelve or thirteen, but the physical, mental, and predatory abuse continued until I told my grandmother. My age was then 21, and I was suffering from severe PTSD." She wrote a book about her abuse entitled 'Eighteen Years: Childhood with a Sex Predator'. "I have always counselled and cheered people on," Susan continues."I escaped my abuser every chance I got. Even as a child, I would leave the house, to play, early in the mornings, and not return until late. I was pregnant and married, by the time I turned eighteen. Leaving the house for the first time. I disconnected, or fought the abuse, and there were no feelings attached, as I had no idea what to think. Only to do my best to get through it." She further explains, "I am a sociology minor, loved psychology, read all I can get my hands on, and have made it my mission to literally feed street people, support foodbanks, etc. I get the feeling that homelessness happens after abuse happens. My main insight is that this could have been prevented if my aunt would have spoken up. She was his sister. He abused her, and we have to get rid of the cloak of silence that protects abusers, not victims. He kept me quiet, as well, in childhood, but certainly not in adulthood."
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Special guest David A. Washington
Friday
02/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is David A Washington from Hagerstown, Maryland, who was raped by two strangers at a local park in his community. "The assault was of such a nature that I was taken to the hospital and the police was involved," he says. "As a result of this more predators sought me out and I experienced sexual abuse until high school. I began to use substances while in the 9th grade and was able to move to a crowd that offered protection to some extent." David is featured on video in The Bristlecone Project. He explains, "The major feeling was shame and that I was evil, a sinner, a criminal (the police took me to the hospital, not an ambulance, and my understanding as a kid was that only bad guys go in the car with the flashing lights). I knew people in the community knew what had happened. One because of the police involvement and two because of the court hearing." David began his recovery at 25 when he stopped using substances and went to an inpatient program that specialized in sexual trauma. "It was there that I admitted that I was a survivor and received a diagnosis of PTSD. I am a member of a 12 step fellowship for 29 years now." But, he goes on, "It was not until I was 45 that I was asked to share on Capitol Hill for a Congressional Hearing in 2011 that I went public on a large scale. I have talked about the trauma throughout my life but never in a public setting. This opened the door for me to be heard in conventions and conferences across America. As David says, “We don’t have to be silent anymore and you are not alone.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
02/18/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Jeanette Golden
Wednesday
02/17/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jeanette Golden from Hemphill, Texas, whose abuse started at an early age (about 4 years old). She wrote a book, 'The Warrior Inside', about her experiences. "It was sexual, verbal, emotional, physical abuse, by my stepfather, brothers, uncles, and neighborhood men," she shares. "It was like being in a deep hole, lonely, desperate, hellish, fearful, insecurity. I had terrible nightmares with animals coming at me. I had built walls and even today I am still dealing with some of it." She goes on, "At the age of 14 I decided to leave home in the middle of the night to live in the streets because I didn’t trust anyone. I was homeless for about six months. I left because I knew I HAD to leave. I had already failed suicide. I could see that if I stayed, my future would hold more of the same, as well as prison because of the things my family required of me – such as shoplifting, theft. I felt more comfortable in the streets – I wasn’t scared living in the streets." But she's better now. "I’ve been set free and set free from the snares of the enemy. I am walking free and confident in the power of God’s love and provision for me. I do have great mentors that I can go to if I need to. I am the co-pastor of Only Believe Ministries and I speak in various conferences as invited." Jeannette is Vice President of Lighthouse Development, North Texas Region area board, with Aglow International. “I fight my battles through God.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
02/16/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Ross Stewart
Monday
02/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Ross Stewart from Auckland, New Zealand, who suffered from various kinds of child abuse both in and out of foster care. "Now more than ever I find that I am being re-traumatized every day by such events as it may be a spoken word, a news media item that is constantly being re-lived in my mind for which I have had to seek counselling for to assist in coping with the horrors I went through as a child." He goes on, "It effected my life in so many ways even to this day as it’s a cruel life sentence which I don’t ever want to happen to any other kiwi child, whether it be male or female." Then came foster care. "At aged 18 months old I was removed from my biological mother by the New Zealand DSW (department of social welfare) and placed in foster care homes until finally ending up with a foster family that decided to adopt me at age 7. My memories of the various foster homes were of mostly psychological abuse and some physical abuse which consisted of beatings for bed wetting, these situations continued when adopted. Ross continues, "Aged 8, I was sexually abused by a neighbor's daughter who sodomized me and even raped me many times. At age10, I was sent to a special Government institution for disturbed children where I endured more abuses committed against me by a man who was my dormitory house master. I spent over two years at the hands of the house master's whim even in his quarters each night until I was released back to my adopted parents as being adjusted to lead a normal life."
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Special guest Lovern Gordon
Friday
02/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lovern Gordon from Avon, Massachusetts. "I grew up watching my father abuse my mother," she says, "then I fell into a relationship at 21 with my abuser. The abuse lasted 2 years and felt like life was slipping away with each day that it progressed. I felt isolation, fear, low self-esteem. I escaped in the wee hours of the morning as he slept to go to the hospital to seek help for the injuries I had sustained from the last attack. I still suffer from PTSD and I am now in therapy." Lovern is currently finishing up a DV Memoir entitled 'The Legacy He Left Me to be released on June 1st of this year via Paperclip Publishing. "When the hairs stand up on the back of your neck about something," she says, "listen to it, listen to your gut. Where you are now, if toxic, it’s not where you are destined to be." Ms Gordon is the founder of Love Life Now Foundation, Inc. which promotes year-round awareness around domestic violence (DV), via its initiatives, points people in the right direction for help and helps bridge the gap between DV shelters and communities they serve. She has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including 'CBS This Morning' nationally and NBC’s 'This is New England locally.' "It took a few years to get back to the business of me and realize none of it was my fault," remarks Lovern, "but between prayer, fellowship and trusting my gut, I am more alive than I ever was then.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
02/11/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Sandra Speer
Wednesday
02/10/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sandra Speer from Gulfport, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse who was was born into a dysfunctional family. Her father, mother and 'golden child' brother abused her with violently, emotionally and through neglect. Sandra lived without her mother's love. "I left the family at 17 and was raped by a man that my father moved into the house," she says. "The rape caused me to feel insecure and convinced I wasn’t meant to be happy. I was convinced by both my parents that I would never amount to anything which caused me anxiety and want to commit suicide." Sandra goes on, "I struggled with an eating disorder that has caused me digestive problems all my life and anxiety about food. I had two failed marriages and lost my children but was able to get them back. I felt I never deserved to be happy but I learned to only care what I feel about myself and forget what others thought of me. I began my healing journey as a 58-year-old woman." Things are better now. "Recovery has helped me have the strength to live my dream of helping others. Recovery is rough but worth it. I earned my Ph.D. in Public Safety, which helped to build my self-esteem. Through my company, Life’s Answers, LLC (Site), I offer Life Coaching and Legal Advocacy. Knowing what most survivors are going through and need, I help survivors find the beautiful person they lost."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
02/09/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Teresa Myrick
Monday
02/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Teresa Myrick from St. Petersburg, Florida, a survivor of violent, sexual and emotional abuse. The abuse last all through her childhood. Teresa is now an author, speaker and Life Coach. "I credit it all to self-help books, counseling, the Life Recovery Process and Neuro-Transformational Coaching," she says. "I started addressing the results of my trauma in my 20's. I had moments when I thought I was good and finished with healing (Ha!) only to learn that it is an ongoing process. I am now building my Coaching business." My father was murdered by his best friend when I was about 2 years old. He died in my mom's arms. She subsequently got involved with my brother's father who was abusive. Every Friday there would be a physical fight, resulting in me and my brother huddled up in the corner of an adjacent room listening to the bumps, thumps, mumbles and grunts. This went on for 10 years. My mom finally had enough and put him out! She did not look back. We had a bit of a break until she met her next boyfriend. He touched and rubbed up on me inappropriately from my middle school to high school years. Currently I'm in a 13-year marriage, the mother of 3 boys (two adults, one teen), an author, speaker and Life Coach. I credit it all to self-help books, counseling, the Life Recovery Process and Neuro-Transformational Coaching. My motto:” Be good to you, so that you can be good to others.”
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Special guest Evangelia Vensel
Friday
02/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Evangelia Vensel from Washington State, a child sexual abuse survivor. "Life for me while I was growing up in an abusive family and environment was living in a constant state of fight or flight, Evangelia says. "Anxiety, insomnia, scared to be a kid, lots of physical, verbal and mental abuse, daily. Being neglected, ignored, bullied, called names, left behind, forgotten, emotionally abandoned, and denial of being molested. Silenced. I was always scared or felt alone. I became an addict at age 15." She goes on, "The physical abuse continued up until I moved out when I was 18. But all other forms of abuse continued till I ended my relationships with them all in 2018." That year, Evangelia detoxed and chelated her body from bad bacteria, viruses, unresolved infections, toxins, metals and chemicals from all the pharmaceutical drugs and street drugs left in her body and brain. "I had stem cells treatments to repair all the damage my issues caused by not treating the root cause. Trauma compromises the immune system which keeps us compromised." In recovery now, she says, "Positive thinking brings positive results. If you surrender to the universe it will come full circle and it will reward you with all your desires!!!" Evangelia describes herself as "a fireball always full of energy, always scoping peoples hair out and always, always trying to help others out! I'm married to the most incredible man on earth and I know he is my soulmate! We have two amazing beautiful children together and our love just gets deeper as the years go by! I am one lucky lady!" Evangelia believes you're only as old as you feel, saying, "Age ain't nothing but a number! Moments become memories!"
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
02/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Sharonda Hankins Davis
Wednesday
02/03/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sharonda Hankins Davis from North Carolina, whose incest started when she was 5 years old, continued into her teens years, and caused her to suffer tremendously .. as childhood sexual abuse does. "For a long time, I thought I was ok," she says. "However the damage was severe. My abuse affected every area of my life. With the help of NAASCA and the NAASCA family, things I didn’t know to ask that were key to my healing has been answered." I joined the NAASCA family right at a year ago. Since joining, I have been abundantly blessed in so many ways. NAASCA is not just “a group”, NAASCA is family & we care for one another. It’s wonderful to be able to open up & share without being judged. I have discovered & released so much anger & resentment that I didn’t even realized I had. NAASCA has helped me to understand me. My incest started when I was 5 years old & continue into my teens years &caused me to suffer tremendously as abuse does. For a long time, I thought I was ok however the damage was severe. My abuse affected every area of my life. With the help of NAASCA & the NAASCA family, things I didn’t know to ask that were key to my healing has been answered. I feel such a sense of peace. I strongly encourage everyone to open up & share your story & join NAASCA.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Rev. Hilda Thomasine Wren
Tuesday
02/02/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest is Hilda Thomasine Wren from Frederick, Maryland, a strong voice on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse and a member of the clergy. She worked at Maryland hospitals with rape victims and is a chaplin who works with hospitals and hospice. She is healed now after staying on her healing journey for many years. She is the author of the book 'A Plain Brown Wren'. Her autobiography is about growing up in a household of terror from alcoholics, drug addictions and a aunt who began prostituting her at age 12. She was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by many adults. Hilda relays that her childhood was very hard, because of her alcoholic parents and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her stepfather. Hilda lived in a world of people who drank, took advantage of her and used her as a sex object. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Timothy Phelps
Monday
02/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Timothy Phelps from Somerset, Kentucky, survivor of violence and neglect. In elementary school, Timothy remembers coming home one day and seeing hate and pure darkness radiating from his mothers eyes. He would spend much time with his nose in a corner, with his hands held high. If he became tired and allowed his arms to lower, he would receive a blow from whatever his mother could get her hands on, or simply have his head slammed into the wall. This abuse caused many self doubts, anxieties, fears, and a strong desire to die. Phelps would begin seeking a relationship with God after almost being successful in his suicide attempt, only coming back to life after hearing a voice say, “I’m not done with you yet.” In 2019, after feeling called to tell his story, Phelps wrote his book 'The Invisible Child: Overcoming the Odds', published in 2020. He has forgiven his parents, has built a relationship with them, and received their blessing in his journey to help others, by telling of his experiences. He is the founder of Phelps Can Help, LLC, where he coaches and helps others with their own personal transformation, for the lifestyle they truly deserve.
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Special guest Annie Margis
Friday
01/29/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Annie Margis from Long Beach, California, who grew up in a large Catholic family. Most of her five siblings fell victim to a variety of abuses. "My mother was very verbally abusive and harsh with me. My parents never made me feel protected and I sheer terror. I was a social misfit and had terrible social anxiety. My biological dad began molesting me at 3 years of age," she says. "I told the priest at confession that I had sinned against my dad but he told me to go back home and obey my dad. I felt caught in sin permanently and hopeless to get to heaven. I was doomed to go to hell." She remembers her mom telling her to take naps with her dad. "My boyfriend raped me at 18 and I became pregnant," she continues. "I gave the baby up for adoption but deep darkness and depression made me go back for my boy. I eventually married my child's dad, but he turned out to be verbally abusive and unfaithful." Now far into her healing and recovery, her therapist sent Annie to a peer 12-step incest recovery group. "I still see a therapist, psychiatrist and medical doctor for fibromyalgia related to my sexual abuse," she says. "Today I have no shame. My book is a non-graphic novel entitled 'The Ugliest Word'. I am doing research about what keeps people locked away from being able to discuss child abuse. We know how hard it was to live but we don’t know how hard it is for someone who has never had to face it as a reality in society before."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Wanda McKinley, 'We Are Survivors'
Thursday
01/28/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Wanda McKinley from Dallas, Texas, founder and CEO of 'We Are Survivors Foundation', an International non-profit Organization for abused men, women and children. Wanda was a victim of abuse for 24 consecutive years. Her biological father began to molest her as early as six. Then at the age of thirteen her biological father and stepfather raped her .. until the age of eighteen. With her ex-husband from the age of nineteen, she endured physical, mental, verbal, sexual and financial abuse until she found the strength to leave at the age of thirty-one. Due to the trauma that she experienced; she began to become an example for others. Wanda is the best-selling author of the 'We Are Survivors Workbook Series'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Wendy Jay
Wednesday
01/27/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Wendy Jay from Iowa, whose child abuse started at about 4 years old and lasted through her mid-teen years. Raped at 15, she was first given alcohol by her abuser. "I became a drug addict later," she says. "I suffered suicidal thoughts constantly. I wrote morbid poetry and I was impulsive and homeless. I gained attention and love through sex. I had little value for myself. I started my healing in a treatment facility." She continues, "I actually had moved out and into my mom’s house around 13. From 11-13 I usually spent the night elsewhere so I wasn’t home to be abused. I took on other family’s traits trying to be normal, and wanted to be anywhere but my home. From 13-15 at my moms, I learned to forgive and thought maybe my perpetrator was mentally off. I begin to trust him and even say I love you, because he was my father and I wanted a normal father. Then one night he gave me a bunch of alcohol which I thought was cool, and when I became incredibly intoxicated, he raped me. I never forgave him again, though I have tried through God’s grace. My mom found out after reading my diary and kicked me out at 14." Her life has gotten better. "I’ve definitely struggled through the years but I learn to talk about it and not to be ashamed! I learned it wasn’t me. Luckily today I am a recovering addict, with an amazing husband, and 3 kids. I am blessed to stay home. I still battle depression and insecurities. My kids are never alone with any family members or friends. I’m always on high alert, I don’t want my kids to ever feel the way I have and continue to do at times."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
01/26/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Audrey May Prosper
Monday
01/25/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Audrey May Prosper from Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2009, Audrey suffered a horrific attack by her first husband, leaving her burned over 80% of her body. Soon after coming home from the hospital she began speaking out and educating people globally on how to overcome adversity. Her story of redemption through the Father and her willingness to break her silence inspired a movement that has now touched the lives of millions. Over the last 10 years her story, perspective, and advocacy work has been shared through outlets such as: Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper, The Doctors, 48 Hours, I Survived, and many more. More recently she founded a faith-based women’s network and academy called, Your Thrive Tribe -- designed to educate, equip, and empower women entrepreneurs to thrive in life, career and Christ by providing them with the necessary training, tools, resources, and supportive sisterhood they need to succeed. She also just co-founded a ministry with her husband David Prosper called, Shepherd Revolution Community Center -- to make disciples and teach them to live Biblically, so that we can restore His divine design. Others describe her as AUTHENTIC, empowering, tenacious, inspiring, compassionate, and an advocate for many. Her mission in life is to be the change we want to see.
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Special guest Timika Chambers
Friday
01/22/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Timika Chambers from Portland, Oregon, a survivor of sexual abuse. Timika says, "For approximately five years, from ages 5-10, two male family members violated our relationship's boundaries by forcing and manipulating me to have sex with them. Throughout the sexual abuse, I continued to do the things many children do, such as play with friends and my toys and watch television. After the secret was out, many thoughts visited me, including feeling like trash, scared of men, and how I denied following the Voice within to tell." Timika's experience is not unusual. Many children suffer in silence, waiting it out. She goes on, "At the crossroads of what I do now, I chose to align myself with nature and develop a relationship with God. I consumed the King James Bible and learned the Lord's prayer. Jesus was my first superhero. In my 20's, I saw a therapist for one visit because I thought I had to. I feel blessed that God loves me and that I have my health and sanity. I want to help people find their healing path and live out their divine purpose in life. I am currently finishing up Bent Not Broken, a memoir outlining my healing process."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
01/21/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Elizabeth Gaskins Knight
Wednesday
01/20/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Elizabeth Gaskins Knight from Savanna, Illinois, a Native American. Elizabeth says, "I was kidnapped at age 6 and sexually abused by a neighbor. Next I was sexually abused at age 14 by a community adult man age 22. I have not ever received any justice. I felt violated, helplessness, anxiety and PTSD but I always remembered what I recall my psychiatrist telling me. He was a board-certified sexologist and he would tell me no matter what anyone does to me or says to me, 'I'm still a worthwhile person'." Many indigenous people from around the world have suffered child abuse (and adult injustice) at numbers that are far higher than others in the community. “I began my healing journey and talking about my abuse through writing. I am a published author and I have a special poem that really set me free.” Elizabeth is a court-appointed advocate for the Americans of Invisible Disabilities. She speaks about sexual abuse and advocates for others to talk about their abuse on her blog and also on radio shows. "I believe adult survivors need to be believed and their voice heard," Elizbeth says. "I think when survivors open up, they begin to be able to do self-care and find therapists who will help them keep the mental damage from damaging them physically, mental and physical go hand in hand.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Debra Warner, Los Angeles, Forensic Psychologist
Tuesday
01/19/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Debra Warner from Los Angeles, Forensic Psychologist and professor at the Los Angeles campus of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. 'Dr Deb' is well known to NAASCA members and we welcome her back to the show. Among other things, she is known as a male trauma expert, spouse of a male survivor and author of 'His History, Her Story: a Survival Guide for Spouses of Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse and Trauma'. Tonight we'll be promoting her upcoming participation in the FBI's Community Outreach program on January 25, 2021, on ZOOM, a conference on 'Community Collaboration & Human Trafficking' from 2pm to 4pm PAC time. The event is FREE to the community. Currently, Dr Deb's research focuses on diversity issues connected to forensic community mental health and male survivor trauma. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Nicole Moehring
Monday
01/18/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nicole Moehring from Hinckley, Ohio. Nicole’s daughter and son, who is autistic, were both victims of sexual abuse and assault. As a mother suffering through this unbelievable nightmare, Nicole witnessed the differences in the justice system of how her daughter was believed and treated so well, and her son was not. Nicole quickly began to realize how difficult the road to justice is for an individual with a disability. Nicole was made to feel as if what happened to her son did not matter. She says the current justice system is not equipped to handle these cases. It’s difficult enough to learn your child was sexually abused by someone you knew, and then to learn there is very little help, if any, for children like Nicole’s son. The psychological effects on the victim and their family are insurmountable. It’s a mother’s worst nightmare, one a parent never wakes up from, because the effects of child abuse of any kind last a lifetime. Nicole and her daughter Maci founded 'Voices of Change 2018', a unique organization, advocating, educating for prevention, and empowering children with disabilities who have been impacted by sexual abuse. Many changes need to be made to stop the epidemic of children with disabilities being abused. Nicole says, "We need to remove the stigma of this topic in order to move forward." Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor's Degree in Health Service Administration. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate, non-profit and healthcare environments as both an Admissions Director and Development Director.
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Special guest Peter Elsey
Friday
01/15/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Peter Elsley from Chatham-Kent, Ontario, Canada, a 50 year old originally from Australia, who's been living in Ontario, Canada for 17 years of his life. "I am also a long time survivor of 30 years living with HIV; due to, sexual abuse and other forms of abuse," Peter reveals. "Both my parents had government jobs, they were both alcoholics and gamblers." Peter was 6 years old when he was first sexually abused by an older cousin. It's his understanding that his own sister was also molested by their cousin, beginning at age 3. The molesting happened for many years, until Peter was 14 years. "Silence was never broken from me, news came about over a phone call I had with my mother, when I told her, but right away I was never believed and told I needed to stop the lying. My mother told me over the phone about what my sister had shared. I discovered that my cousin had the AIDS virus." Peter continues, "I endured the HIV virus from my cousin. I never was healed, because I had nobody to believe me. My grandparents, perhaps, were the only people who had believed me. Today, I am still haunted with nightmares, I am on suicidal watch by my specialist/therapist." Peter courageously shares his story to heal and so, others may understand the effects of childhood sexual abuse.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
01/14/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Sherrie Allsup
Wednesday
01/13/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sherrie Allsup from Kansas City, Kansas, a survivor of long-term incest, as well as physical and emotional abuse, by her father. Her abuse started when she was 8 years old, and continued for nine years, until she was 17 years old and moved out of her parent’s home. Sherrie kept her secret from everyone including her husband and children until she was 35. When she disclosed her abuse, she started therapy to begin to heal her past wounds. Sherrie’s husband of twenty-three years was unwilling or unable to deal with her PTSD and deep trauma and divorced her. In addition to her abuse, Sherrie is a suicide attempt survivor. After years of therapy and healing, Sherrie is now married to an amazing man, Gary. With hiss support and encouragement, Sherrie is now the CEO and founder of the non profit Courage Starts With You – By Sherrie Allsup. She travels and speaks at high schools and colleges, suicide conferences, housing conferences, women’s conferences, and has the awesome privilege of educating Police Officers on trauma and sexual assault including how they present. Sherrie has completed over 120 hours of continued education in sexual assault and trauma from agencies such as the FBI, KBI and GBI. She is a speaker for the Texas Department of Justice Impact Panel, she has completed training to go into the Texas prisons and share her story of hope and healing with inmates. Sherrie is NAASCA Ambassador for the state of Kansas and a member of Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN) and currently completing the process to be an expert witness for sex crimes and is starting her first book.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
01/12/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a Childhood of Sexual Abuse'. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2571

Special guest Jordan Masciangelo
Monday
01/11//2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jordan Masciangelo from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by a close family friend. "After years of coping with my trauma through drug addiction, self harm and sex work," he says, "I began to find hope and healing. I began telling my story in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada as part of their inaugural male victimization conference." He goes on, "I began to find hope and healing. I began telling my story in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police in Canada as part of their inaugural male victimization conference. After 25 of these successful conferences, my passion for advocacy took root and I joined many support initiatives across North America including End Child Prostitution & Trafficking Canada, The Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, Corrections Canada, Male Survivor and more, as well as many First Nations support centers." After spending 3 months in the wilds of South America, Jordon discovered the power of travel and adventure in his own healing and started the Kilimanjaro Expedition Challenge - where He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, raising over $10K for Men Healing - a national organization dedicated to helping men heal from sexual victimization. Jordan now serves on the Board of MenHealing, acting as the Special Projects Manager. He also has a short YouTube video about his life experiences.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2570

Special guest Pix Jonasson
Friday
01/08/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Pix Jonasson from Dee Why, New South Wales, Australia. Unbeknownst to her loving parents, Pix endured several years of childhood sexual abuse by an evil predatory neighbor. She has learned from her childhood trauma and subsequent personal tragedies that your past does not define you or your future. Pix coaches others who are stuck in past issues of abuse, shame, guilt, anger and emotional pain to breakthrough and live a life of peace and purpose. Many survivors who are healing eventually see the benefit of using their story to help others. Pix is an example of one who uses her experience to be of service .. just as many NAASCA members do! Overcoming significant life-threatening and life-altering challenges, Pix is an ever-positive, community-minded leader and entrepreneur, who is a sought-after online and offline speaker and guest on various podcasts around the world. Alongside her speaking and coaching career, she is a best-selling author, 'Yes, I Can', with an upcoming podcast, The Couragepreneur, due out at the end of August. She is also building a successful global health and wellness business. As if she wasn't busy enough, Pix works with people who are not where they want to be personally or professionally. Her ideal clients are driven, passionate, heart-centered, kind, caring, loving and spiritual people of integrity with a can-do work ethic, who want to make a positive difference in their life and the lives of others. Pix fits right in with our NAASCA family and we look forward to a long relationship with her there in Australia.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless, Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
01/07/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2568

Special guest Nick Murray
Wednesday
01/06/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nick Murray from Jarrettsville, Maryland. He grew up in an upper middle class family, typical nuclear family. Nick was molested when he was 12 by a 14 year old. Now he's an entrepreneur working on developing a business around helping survivors of abuse share their stories on social media, by sharing his own experience, and educating others. Nick explains about his abuser, "He groomed me and talked about male anatomy. We could go on vacations as a family and I only can really remember that my mom would not always be present because she would be working. She definitely paid more attention than then she does now. I feel like I hold resentment towards my parents," Nick says, "because I never felt support from them emotionally. I don’t have many negative emotions associated with the abuse because I was so young and didn’t realize how bad it really was until the past few years." He's moving his life ahead. "I am an entrepreneur working on developing a business around helping survivors of abuse share their stories on social media, by sharing my own experience, and educating others. I feel like this is the biggest part of my healing, sharing my own experience on social media and hearing others share theirs." This idea is relatively new to Nick. "At first, I just wanted to make money playing video games and live streaming. But then I found a greater purpose, which is to eventually narrow down to helping gamers share their abuse stories. Because I know I used games as an escape and probably many others do."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Rev. Hilda Thomasine Wren
Tuesday
01/05/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight's special guest is Hilda Thomasine Wren from Frederick, Maryland, a strong voice on behalf of adult survivors of child abuse and a member of the clergy. She worked at Maryland hospitals with rape victims and is a chaplin who works with hospitals and hospice. She is healed now after staying on her healing journey for many years. She is the author of the book 'A Plain Brown Wren'. Her autobiography is about growing up in a household of terror from alcoholics, drug addictions and a aunt who began prostituting her at age 12. She was sexually, verbally, emotionally and physically abused by many adults. Hilda relays that her childhood was very hard, because of her alcoholic parents and the physical, emotional and sexual abuse from her stepfather. Hilda lived in a world of people who drank, took advantage of her and used her as a sex object. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2566

Special guest Suzi Patrick
Monday
01/04/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Suzi Patrick from Texas, a survivor of child abuse, spousal abuse and legal abuse. "Now my son is suffering the same abuses at the hands of his father," she reports. "As a child I want through physical and emotional abuse at the hands of my mother who for some reason always seemed to resent me. If it weren’t for my grandmother and my uncle, I don’t know where I would be today." Suzi goes on, "None of this ever happened to my brother. He seemed to never be able to do anything wrong. So obviously this takes an emotional toll on you as well as physical. I then moved into two abusive marriages. The second abuser, even though we’ve been divorced since 2012, continued there’s abuse through the Family Court system and now through the guardianship court." She's not just thinking of herself. "My immediate concern is for my son Shane, who has special needs. He’s gone through childhood abuse and continues to be abused as an adult that has special needs. His father has mastered the art of legal abuse and continues to use the legal system to abuse both of us now through the guardianship court. We went through Family Court abuse for years. As we all know, the legal system wants to keep you bound for as long as they can." But Suzi remains hopeful. "On the bright side, I have been in my first healthy relationship for about six years now. Jim is a good man and has been an amazing help in my healing process. I am nowhere near completely healed but having someone who knows what a healthy relationship is like is a very good start."
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Special guest Charmaine Carter

New Years Day
Friday
01/01/2021
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Charmaine "Tigria" Carter from Richmond, Virginia. She says her childhood was a tragedy. "I was raped by my babysitter when I was 6, molested by my uncle, gang raped by my cousins and brother, and physically abused by multiple family members all before I turned 18. All those things lead to low self-esteem issues, suicide attempts, self-sabotage, drug addiction and prostitution." Charmaine Carter, CEO, Carter Entertainment, LLC, an organization committed to promoting awareness of the effects of emotional, physical and sexual abuse by educating communities primarily through various media formats. (See www.mycarterentertainment.com). She's the author of two published books, one called “Black Family Lies” and the other “Ashley Terrace Murder”. In June 2009, Ms. Carter hosted an internet radio talk show and a cable TV talk show called “Survivors of the Lion’s Den,” designed to serve survivors of abuse. The “Survivors of the Lion’s Den” TV show was on air for 3 seasons. She created a 60 minute, performance monologue in 2011 titled “Black Family Lies Performance Monologue of Abuse & Redemption,” which is based on her book “Black Family Lies,” an autobiographical account of her abusive past. She also wrote a screenplay based on the same book. She was former Editor/Chief and owner of a local Newsletter called Richmond Addiction News (RAN) that had a readership of approximately 2,400. In April 2012 awarded “Vagina Warrior” trophy for her work in the Domestic Violence field. In 2017, she was the Screenwriter and Executive Producer for two short films entitled: A Moment in Space and the Sitter who loved me.

 
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