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A Visit With Authors Heidi Phillips-West and SkyyBanks

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Please join us as we speak with new authors HEIDI PHILLIPS-WEST and SKYY BANKS, "SOUL ON FIRE" on this very special edition of AUTHOR SPEAK. We are dedicating this show to the subject of the ugly societal phenomenon of domestic violence, which not only is our guest a survivor of, but I as your host is also a survivor as well. The only way to eradicate this phenomenon is education, prevention and self-examination. Take the Quiz below and be honest with yourself.. I urge EVERYONE, especially WOMEN and TEENS, to take a few minutes to ask themselves the questions stated below: 1. Does your husband or boyfriend act controlling, putting you down in front of other people? 2. Does he act extremely jealous of others who pay attention to you, especially men? 3. Does he control your finances and behavior, even with whom you socialize? 4. Does he act violently, losing his temper, striking or breaking objects? 5. Does he make you feel uncomfortable, uneasy or afraid by using certain gestures? 6. Does he tell you that you that you are 'nothing', and can't make it alone? 7. Does he grab, push, pinch, shove or hit you? 8. Does he call or page you often during the day, or just show up to 'check on you'? 9. Does he blame you for how he feels or what he does? 10. Does he pressure you sexually for practices with which you are uncomfortable? 11. Does he make you feel like there 'is no way out' of the relationship? 12. Does he use drugs or alcohol as an excuse for hurting you? IF YOUR ANSWER TO ANY OF THE ABOVE QUESTIONS IS "YES", DON'T FOOL YOURSELF - YOU ARE IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP!!! **If you are in immediate danger, call 911!!** *For confidential help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)* OR NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) www.ndvh.org OR NATIONAL TEEN DATING ABUSE HELPLINE 1-866-331-9474 www.LoveIsRespect.org HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY... STOP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE!