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Tonight's special guest is Debra Monk from Enfield, New Hampshire, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse from multiple perpetrators over several years throughout her early childhood and into her early teens. She's now become an anti-abuse advocate who's now writing a series of children's books addressing a topic that's close to her heart. "Most of my abusers were direct or close family members," Debra says. She explains the new book series for children touches on the tough but important topic of family violence and abuse, and what that might look like through the eyes and perspective of a child. That's because Debra eventually came to understand that there was a systematic cycle of abuse within her family that had already been going on for many generations. "I'll address family violence, such as domestic and intimate partner violence, sibling abuse, sexual abuse, incest, neglect and physical abuse. Abuse and malnourishment can create patterns and characteristics that when, if not dealt with appropriately may cause repeated cycles or systems of family violence and abuse to occur later on and well into their adulthood lives." Debra's published before. Her work "A Journey of Poetry from an Adult Survivor of Sexual Abuse" is available as an e-book and author Caroline De Chavigny included Debra's missive in her book, "Letter to a Monster." Debra says her mission and goal is to create positive change that reduces the risk for violence in already broken and volatile homes.
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SPECIAL Show: The National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA Inc) has reached a milestone! We're now a public charity .. a 501(c)3! Help us celebrate! Talk of our future! Please join Bill Murray, NAASCA's founder and CEO, Carol D Levine (Vice-president), Tammy Shoffstall (Treasurer), Christine Lozier (Secretary) and other dedicated NAASCA volunteers as we discuss the history of our early lives (what it was like before NAASCA), the amazing progress our grassroots organization has made (what's happened with our NAASCA family's efforts) and what our future will bring (what it's like now, as we're set to transition into a new phase of our development).
NAASCA's single purpose is to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect from two specific perspectives:
1) educating the public to stop the silence, and 2) offering hope for healing and many services to still suffering adult survivors of child abuse
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Tonight's special guest is Angelique Anderson from Stockton, California, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and activist who's currently writing a short story series called "Little Lost Girl." The first book, "Separation," has been released and book 2, "Home is where the heart is," is releasing this week. It'll shortly be followed by the final book in the trilogy, "Reunited." Angelique plans to include NAASCA info in her books, explaining, "My short story series is a fiction series based on my life. Which is why I wanted to use the resources you have available!" Angelique's an advocate for those who have been abused, and for former foster children. She grew up in dire and tumultuous conditions, bouncing back and forth between her parents, family members and foster care homes, and was abused in many ways. Angelique lived in numerous states all across the American West. All through her childhood she was alternately neglected, assaulted, beaten, treated like a slave, abandoned and left to her own devices. At 18 she was living hand to mouth when she moved in with her boyfriend. They've been together ever since. "I am very happily married to the most amazing, God-fearing man who has stood by me through the healing process and ups and downs that come with that," Angelique says. "We have four amazing kids, and I know looking back that my husband has been God’s tangible hand of love in my life."
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SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "For Our Kids" - Deborah Maddison and Eugenea Couture, Canadian activists from British Columbia, will join Bill Murray to lead this evening's discussion about the Rights of Children and Families in North America. TONIGHT'S TOPIC: "The Courage to Break Free" ~~ PART 1 ~~ It is a tragic irony that society claims to protect victims but when protective parents or professionals try to do the right thing, the victims often suffer retaliation. And worse, the child is not protected. We have all the right slogans like 'end the silence on domestic violence' but when it comes to domestic abuse the system itself often becomes an additional perpetrator, and the victim is punished for speaking out. Join us tonight as we speak with people who both personally and professionally have found the courage to speak out and stand up for both themselves and others going through this .. people who are willing to share their incredible stories. Tonight we are very pleased to welcome author and advocate Maralee Mclean and Domestic Violence expert, author, advocate and former lawyer Barry Goldstein. ~~ Every two weeks a new THEME will be presented in this series, with frequent special guests speaking from their own experience. ~~ Please see our web page at: www.NAASCA.org/ForOurKids or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "Examining Institutional Abuse" with special co-host Dr Jill Jones-Solderman (PHD, MSW, MSHS) ), a NAASCA family member. This is the first in a series of monthly shows where we'll specifically take a look at institutional abuse. Tonight we'll examine the case of a mother, LaRay Mossholder, who Jill has been assisting recently. LaRay will speak of her experience with Family Courts in hopes it'll help others. "My children have been taken from me twice and returned to the hands of their abuser," she explains. "For those of you who have experienced the unjust loss of children no explanation is necessary." And she goes on, "For those of you who have not had such experience with the loss of children no explanation may be possible." ~~ NAASCA knows "institutional abuse" is rampant, worldwide, and dramatically effects childhood experience of our youth, frequently causing trauma that lasts a lifetime. Many issues of child abuse involve dealing with the courts and law enforcement, foster care, child protection services, CASA and CAC organizations, etc. Jill's experience with her Foundation for Child Victims of Family Courts and her US Whistleblower effort uniquely position her to speak to these issues. Every third Tuesday of the month, Jill will present special guests who'll explain the challenges they've experienced while fighting for their own rights, and /or for the rights of their children.
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Tonight's special guest is Myrtle Morrison from Ajax, Ontario, an abuse survivor and author of the book "Mother Dearest, Imperfect Love." Myrtle says, "It's my real life story that I would like to share with the world. It's a book that will take your emotions on a roller costar ride." She warns the reader to "embrace yourself." This is the story of Myrtle's search for love, the challenges she faced in an unkind world, and her triumphant journey to overcome these obstacles to achieve her ultimate dream. Myrtle was born on the island of Jamaica and migrated to Canada in 1976. She's had a tough life but has remained positive throughout. With this book, she is achieving her dream of sharing her story with the world in the hope that it will inspire others to be strong. She bravely tells her life story of a broken girl, who never received love from her mother and never knew the true identity of her father. The story relates how, through determination, Myrtle survived sexual harassment, a near-rape, a murder attempt, and much more to become a respected member of the community, a well-loved mother, and a source of inspiration for others. Now she dedicates her life to helping others, particularly the elderly for whom she has a special love. "Mother Dearest Imperfect Love" has inspired a new generation of survivors.
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Tonight's special guest is Juneann Young from Wildwood, Florida, who's joining us for the first time. Juneann is a survivor of serious child abuse both in her own family and later in foster care, and has been faced with seemingly overwhelming odds to emerge now as the activist she's become. "I am stronger then the ones who had to rape, beat, spit, kick, call me horrible names, judge me, talk behind my back, not believing in me," Juneann writes on her Facebook page, My True Story. "It has made me loving, caring, and I have a love in me for others who need and always do without." She notes that "God has molded my heart to keep on turning the other cheek." She recently was happily reunited with the case worker who was so helpful to her during the foster care period of her life. Juneann's not just sitting on her laurels, waiting for recovery to descend upon her, she's now fully engaged in her recovery, rising above the severe depression and OCD that're a result of her childhood trauma. She's recently compiled her life long journals into a book (perhaps to be published in the future), runs her own Blue Ribbon campaign, and is attending counseling in her area. Her husband and three children are supporting her healing journey now, and a new grandchild has given her a new sense of purpose. Juneann plans on "Spending the rest of my life, saving children from child abuse." We welcome her to the NAASCA family.
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SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "Child Abuse, Trauma and 12-Step Recovery" - STEP 12 (and we'll include a bit about TRADITION 12) - SCAN host Bill Murray will be joined by special guest co-host Rivka Edery, MSW, LCSW, author of the book "Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide." Bill founded the recently launched Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Anonymous (ASCAA). Together they will lead tonight's discussion on STEP 12: "Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other still-suffering adult survivors of child abuse, and to practice these principles in all our affairs." You start your recovery process with identifying, and relating to a Higher Power as you understand this Power. As you continue to apply the principles, and your understanding deepens, you can explain to yourself what this Power is, and how it manifests in your personal life journey. ~~ A child abuse survivor herself, Rivka Edery has been active in the 12 Step community for nearly 20 years. Bill Murray credits his 30 plus years of recovery to the spiritual power of the 12 Step program, too. ~~ Join us every two weeks to further examine a 12 Step approach to recovery from abuse. Next show we'll address STEP 1 & TRADITION 1. ~~ Please see our web page at: www.NAASCA.org/Trauma-12Step or write to Rivka at:email@example.com
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Tonight's special guest is Judy Baldaccini from Pennsylvania, a returning NAASCA family member who's survivor of abuse and author of a book called "Not One of Them" A Story of Adoption, Alcoholism & Abuse. She and her brother, both adopted, were both severely abused by a drunken, enraged father and a mother who hated them. Judy writes, "My case of child abuse was so severe I required over 10 surgeries to repair childhood damage." Her brother, Jim, wasn't as lucky. He suffered permanent brain damage. She explains, "I often jumped in front of Father to try and stop him. My brother has been confined to a mental facility in NJ since age 17" As bad as the physical abuse was for Judy, the psychological and emotional abuse, which continued for several decades, was even worse. From childhood her parents taught her to believe she needed to "pay them back" for having adopted her. But Judy's story is not just about abuse and hatred. Its also about her immense willpower and strength to not let her childhood define her. Its about the miraculous recovery she made to take back her own life and acquire true freedom. As a returning NAASCA family member, Judy joins us tonight to share the strides she's made and the success she's experienced since she was last with us over a year and a half ago.
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Q & A Night - You'll suggest the themes for tonight's show, which will involve any topic from the world of public safety, violence prevention, and child abuse and trauma. Special co-host Dr. Debra Warner, Psy.D., a Los Angeles based Forensic Psychologist will lead the discussion. ~~ NAASCA is pleased to announce that Debra will be making regular special co-host appearances on upcoming Tuesday night question-and-answer style community participation shows. An educator and violence prevention expert, Dr. Warner will assist SCAN host and NAASCA founder Bill Murray field questions and lead a variety of topic discussions suggested by our call-in participants. Debra's understanding of the issues of child abuse and trauma spring not only from a professional perspective, but also from a personal one. Multiple members of her own family have been victims of predators. She'll share how she's participated in their struggle with surviving and thriving. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show .. on the phone or in SCAN's ever-present community chat room. ~~ Please visit our website: www.NAASCA.org
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Tonight's special guest is Charlene Niemi from Newbury Park, CA, a Nursing PhD candidate at Azusa Pacific University in California. She's conducing a research study where she hopes to discover predictors that will facilitate the psychological well-being of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Specifically, she'll examine, as possible mediators, such factors as meaning in life, personal resilience and forgiveness. John from the Morris Center suggested NAASCA to Charlene as an organization that might be able to help her in her work. We were happy to assist. When one answers the survey they read, "The study for which you are being asked to participate is designed to understand the role meaning in life, personal resilience, and forgiveness have in the psychological well-being of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests. Your participation will help improve the knowledge that these factors have in psychological well-being. With that goal in mind I need your help." We wish Charlene every success!
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Tonight's special guest is Holland Meissner from East Brunswick, New Jersey, a survivor of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse who's the author of a book entitled "Dying to be Angry." The work is real, raw, and healing. The roots of the anger expressed in the book come from repressed emotions brought on by abuse. "Being abused trains us to be victims, Holland says. "I am a survivor of abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional) and have written a book titled "Dying to be Angry." She describes it as "real, raw, and healing. The roots of anger came from repressed emotions brought on by abuse--which is shared in the book." This book's about the unmaking and rebuilding of a human being. It's raw and written in today's vernacular. The language is obtuse and profane at times, but it authentically relays the message of anger and its roots. In one chapter Holland seems defeated. “I hope you never know the sting of someone saying they are sorry after they have hurt you to your core," she writes, "and you know they do not mean it.” In a next chapter, she is controllably enraged as she recounts events from her childhood, writing, "Here this six foot tall coward was crouched beside a bed full of little girls.” The Book "Dying to be Angry" is intended to point out the dangers of encouraging suppression of emotions in place of teaching appropriate dispelling of toxic feelings. Purposely a quick read, it's geared toward mature readers at all levels.
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