Tonight's special guest is Charles Stecker from Philadelphia, a returning NAASCA family member. In his childhood Charlie survived neglect, physical violence, emotional and spiritual traumas and sexual abuses. He experienced murder, repeated loss of family, friends and belongings, stolen educational opportunities, failures of the Child Welfare System, injustice, and abandonment. Charlie explains, "On February 28, 1967 at the tender age of 2 years old, my younger brother, Edward John Stecker, was murdered by our foster mother. We had been assigned to her home by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services contract agency, the Philadelphia Society to Protect Children, now known as Turning Points for Children." He goes on, "I was with my brother and witnessed his murder. I suffered a severely shattered left elbow causing me limited use of my arm to this very day." One of the most involved abuse survivor / activists we know, Charlie has a web site called "Chahlies Angels" where he offers 'A Voice for the Voiceless.' He's also listed on the Eagle Rare web site where he's devoted to 'Inspiring Victims to become Empowered Victors'. Charlie stays busy. He's a member of the Child Welfare League of America, the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, Shriners International, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Masons, and The Masonic Blue Lodge, along with being a U.S. Coast Guard Honorably Discharged Veteran.
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