Tonight's special guest host is Barbara Ochoa from San Francisco, a returning NAASCA family member who has been with us several times. That's because Barbara (aka Petra Luna) has a special mission, one which we share with her here at NAASCA. Each year for the past three years, Barbara has produced a series of events celebrating what's become known as Male Abuse Awareness Week (MAAW -- the first week of December). Each year, recognizing that young males have an especially tough time even talking about being abused as kids, Barbara reaches out to this frequently undeserved group with videos, music events, dance and special guest appearances (Help4Guys.org). She encourages victims of abuse to seek help, justice and recovery through her music and nonprofit organization, the P.Luna Foundation. Barbara will be joined tonight by former police officer, Billy Walker, an abuse survivor who serves as a Board Member at Barbara's P. Luna Foundation. He has a BA in Political Science, a Masters Degree in Education and has worked as a police dispatcher, police officer, jailor, deputy sheriff, deputy coroner, prison counselor and parole officer. He's even worked security at the Olympics. "I served in law enforcement for 20 years," says Billy says. "Through my work in law enforcement I have seen the results of heinous acts perpetuated by adults upon children. I joined the P. Luna Foundation in 2005 because I wanted to help in making the world a better and safer place for children." Among other topics we'll be asking him for any safety tips he might have for males to stay safe and avoid predators. We'll also find out what Billy recommends what one should to do about it if one does become a victim.
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