SORT BY Relevancy
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Topic: Communication which is a major contribuiting factor in healthy relationships. Tune in on how we actually commuincate with each other.
Guest Speaker Dr. Gilmore
8:00pm to 9:00pm
Topic: Missing Persons
Guest Speaker: Volunteer from Texas Equusearch.
The Aftermath of Violence: Trauma & Abuse
Harris County Precint 7 Domestic Violence Deputy Program
5290 Griggs Road, Houston, TExas 77021
24 hour dispatch 713-643-6602
Victims Services 713-643-66773
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Tonight's special guest is Annie O'Sullivan from Oregon, a returning NAASCA family member, child abuse survivor, author and advocate for adult survivors of child sexual abuse. Annie says she's, ".. advocating for adults who have survived childhoods of sexual abuse, be it violent or not, [and] have a need to be validated, recognized and heard. How frustrating to have lived a life so colored by abuse that one is not allowed to discuss it in polite company. How sad to be careful not to offend someone with who you really are, when the truly offensive individual is likely lurking around happily." Her book, "Can You Hear Me Now?" is a collection of short stories built around art therapy, old photos, and the memories of a child. It drops you into the mind of the child as she tells her shocking story from a very different and important point of view; hers. The reader is taken on an intimate life journey through the eyes of this child’s confusion, misunderstanding, will to persevere, and seek goodness in the world. It’s the true story of careening through Annie's life with her dysfunctional family as she experiences violence and abuse without a compass, to ultimately, against all odds, prosper. It is also the story of the toll taken 50 years later on the body, caused by mental and physical abuse. This is not your typical survivor story. You won't be able to put it down. “Can You Hear Me Now” is the voice of a child you as you have never heard it before.
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Tonight's special guest is Dr. Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, founder and CEO of "Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse, Inc.", a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization, with a Mission to expose and stop child sexual abuse and help survivors heal worldwide. Their goals are: 1) to promote healing of victims and survivors; and 2) to celebrate the lives of those healed. Through their work, "Stop The Silence" aims to address the relationships between CSA and the broader issues of overall family and community violence, and violence within and between communities. Their focus underlines the importance of a shift in focus on positive development within our social complexes (e.g., the relationships between men, women, adults and children, cultural groups) to support peaceful - and to hinder violence-prone - relationships. "Stop the Silence" is also known for its annual "Race to Stop the Silence" event held in Washington DC each April and for its partnerships with such organizations as the annual International Violence and Trauma (IVAT) convention in San Diego and "The Lamplighters Movement."
All you have to do is turn on the morning, afternoon or evening news, and it is filled with violence. All forms of violence can be seen all around us. Be it racial, domestic, self-distructive, what have you, violence has become the norm. We've got to put an end to it!!! Tonight's show will deal with, once again, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, which never takes a vacation. Hosts, RC and Mz. TJ want to know, if you know a family member or a friend who is in a domestic violence relationship (male or female) would you try to help? Let's purpose to help those, who may not be able to help themselves, why, BECAUSE WE CARE.
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Tonight's special guest is Yanette (Lola Lola) Novoa, LCSW, from Miami, a child abuse survivor who studied psychology at Florida International University and is now writing a guide related to the issues of child abuse and trauma. Lola is the Founder and Director of Find The Way, LLC, and is publishing a new guide related to learning how to heal from child abuse and trauma. She says, "I know the pain, I know how it feels." Lola's childhood was taken away. She had been assaulted and raped from the age of 4 to the age of 12, ending in an illegal abortion at 12 in the presence of the perpetrator who forever changed her life. The new guide book, "Dare to Let Go and "Thrive": A Self Help Guide for Learning to Thrive After Experiencing Sexual Abuse", will be out next year. It invites the reader to learn the fundamental difference between "Thriving" versus surviving. Surviving is being able to function within a society. "Thriving" leads to living a meaningful life. Former victims of sexual assault can use the steps and strategies in this self help guide to point the way in becoming the thriving individual they are meant to be. Ms Novoa believes the key to all malice is "Prevention." In the long run, it is easier and cheaper to prevent than to treat. She specializes in working and assisting individuals of all ages that have suffered sexual abuse and are in need of finding their way to living a more meaningful life via different therapeutic techniques. Lola says, "I put together this guide mainly to .. give you some techniques to solve your own problems related to the long term effects of sexual abuse that you are carrying with you either consciously or unconsciously .. to be the thriving individual that you were meant to be.
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Tonight's special guest is Kimberly Mackanic, MSW, LCSW, a councilor at SAFE in Hunterdon in Flemington, New Jersey, since July 2011. Their mission is to empower adult and child survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, while collaborating with the community to prevent violence and create positive social change. They have a 24-hour hotline and provide safe and transitional housing, legal advocacy, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, community education and PALS, and a unique children’s arts therapy program. SAFE in Hunterdon delivers critical support services to the many families that have experienced violence in their lives. In her role, Kimberly provides individual and group counseling services for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse in the community, as well as to survivors of abuse who are incarcerated at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women (where an estimated 85% of the population are survivors of abuse). She is also a facilitator for the agency's 80-hour Volunteer Training program. Kimberly entered the field after completing her Master's in Social Work at Rutgers University, with an area of emphasis in Violence Against Women & Children, and completed her clinical license in 2014. Additionally, she has discussed her work with incarcerated survivors on panel discussions at V-day Flemington ("What I Want My Words to do to You") in 2014 and at Rutgers University Law School ("Crime After Crime: Debbie's Law") in 2012. Kimberly has also been an advocate for survivors of sexual violence via performances in nine productions of The Vagina Monologues throughout NJ since 2006.
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Tonight's special guest is Melanie Jacobs-Davis from Monroe, Michigan, an abuse survivor who was a victim of rape at 7 years old and a survivor of domestic violence as an adult. Melanie is now an activist fighting against abuse. "I'm taking a tragedy and making it into something wonderful," she says, "so that everything I've been through, will not have been in vain." Melanie relates that she was unlucky in the stepparent department. Her stepmother performed unspeakable acts of verbal and psychological abuse, and her stepfather hated her. In third grade, she began spending a lot of time staying at the home of her best friend, Bessie. But unfortunately Bessie's stepfather, a large man of 280 lbs, began sexually assaulting them. This continued for a year until one night he went too far. "I couldn't keep the secret anymore," said Melanie. "I had to tell someone. I reached out to my fourth grade teacher, and she in turn notified the proper authorities." Her predator eventually accepted a plea deal and was convicted of 2nd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a person under the age of 12 with special circumstances. He got nine years. "The events that unfolded after that in my life were a direct result of the trauma I endured from ALL of the abuse I suffered from, not just the sexual abuse. I had zero self-worth, no self-confidence and I began using drugs regularly to escape the pain." She says "I ended up in one dysfunctional relationship after another until I finally met my ex-husband, to whom I almost lost my life". Eventually she realized things HAD to change. "I got myself sober all by myself and I fought, she says. "I fought like I've never fought before."
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Tonight's special guest is Tim Fisher, a returning NAASCA family member who lives in the Las Vegas area and runs Juvenile Justice Now. Tim, a child abuse survivor, will be with us tonight to describe his experience, strength and hope. Tim was seven years old when he met his predator, a neighbor, teaching Sunday school at the Baptist church. The man began grooming and manipulating Tim and his parents, offering Tim and his sister rides to and from church in his little red Volkswagen. Thus began a situation that was to last seven years. His mother told him that their neighbor needed some help in his yard and around the house and that Tim would be going to go with him on Saturday mornings to help out for a few hours. "My parents must have thought they'd hit the lottery. Here was this fine, upstanding man of God who had taken a genuine interest in their young son’s moral growth and development, says Tim. He goes on, "I’m here today because by the time I had reached my 14th birthday I had been sexually molested approximately 350 times over the course of seven years." He continues, "It took four years for me to become strong enough to come forward. Shortly after my 18th birthday I lit a fuse that would blow multiple families apart." Eventually he went to the Anaheim police and reported his abuse and name his predator. From start to finish it took a year almost to the day for him to be convicted. Eventually he took a plea of guilty to 49 counts of child molestation, lewd conducts involving a minor and with the use of force. Sadly although he was sentenced to 2 to 12 years he was released after serving just nine months. "I’m here to remind you that the abuse never stops for the victim," Tim says, "I encourage anyone who has been sexually abused to make a report even if it happened when you were a child."
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Tonight's special guest is Kathy Haley from Florida, a gunshot victim and survivor of domestic violence who has become a victim's advocate for DV and those with disabilities. "I am a survivor of domestic violence and am in a wheelchair because I was shot 4 times by my husband in 1992," Kathy shares. "Since that time I have been very outspoken concerning domestic and dating violence. My story is currently running on Discovery ID on stalking." It seems Kathy Haley's estranged husband Dave didn't seem to want to take "no" for an answer, and that included the court order she had against him. Nothing could keep him away. "I was shot 4 times by my [estranged] husband and have been in a wheelchair ever since. One of the bullets hit my right elbow, another struck my upper back. One went in my lower back, and then one in my abdomen. Then he shot himself in the head with his .38 caliber handgun." She goes on, "I speak about what it takes to overcome being a victim and maintain a positive outlook." Kathy offers her experience, strength and hope to anyone who needs it. "I have a very powerful story to tell and I'll do so, passionately, around the country. I am always willing to speak to any groups that would like to hear a tragic situation [delivered] with a bit of humor. It will certainly grab the audience's attention. Please contact me by email if you would like more information." (email@example.com)
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Tonight's special guest is Lynda Allen from Graham, Washington, a sexual abuse survivor, domestic violence survivor and author of the book, "Rose of Robert's Journey thru A Darkened Valley." She hopes that people involved in social service work, Lawyers, Judges, Guardian Ad Litem's and Casa workers will pick up her book and read it. "I was molested by my Uncle," Lynda says. "In that era 1966-1980's it was something that was not talked about. I learned years later that I was not the only victim, but that my two sisters and my cousin, his own daughter, were victims as well. He was never held accountable for the mental/emotional damage he caused us girls." She says, "I believed everyone knew this horrible secret and I was morbidly embarrassed by this. I had friends but no one I really "connected" too. I felt alone and dirty, like something was wrong with me." As ayoung adult she picked abusive men for partners. "The second man I picked was worse then the first." Eventually she realized she needed to change her living situation for the best interest of her daughter. "I made a plan, packed a bag, and ran into a temporary roadblock by my abuser. The following day I moved out." Lynda goes on, "What most of us fail to grasp is the decisions we make where children are concerned directly effect their lives, their own journey. We need to think about that." She concludes, "My prayer is that this book will change the way we think about the legal and moral rights of these innocents. It should be required reading for anyone entering into the social services. I urge you to read this book and demand changes in our broken system, so that others can be saved."
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Tonight's special guest is Elisabeth Corey from Richmond, Virginia, a returning NAASCA family member who is a survivor of severe childhood sex abuse and trafficking. She explains, "My childhood was not a childhood. In my family, men had sex with little girls. It was our normal. It was our culture. And it was generational. My parents grew up with it. Their parents grew up with it. Most of the victims in our family didn't even remember it because the trauma caused memory loss. We were a family of traumatized individuals who were doing whatever it took to survive .. usually at the expense of the others." Elisabeth goes on, "My parents, uncles and grandparents started sexually abusing me when I was 2 years old. This was necessary to break me. I was indoctrinated in to a way of life. I was brainwashed. But there was a problem. As I got older, they realized I was a talker. They had not successfully broken me. I was actually telling people. The good news for them .. nobody believed me." Now in her 6th year of recovery, Elisabeth has worked with many organizations on advocacy, but her first love is BLOGGING about trauma recovery. She writes a blog, at www.beatingtrauma.com, that is currently geared toward the general public and survivors, but is expanding this into a subscription blog for clinicians. It'll focus on trauma theory, research and practice, but from a survivor perspective. She's hoping to include interviews with other survivors and guest blog posts from clinicians.
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