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Michael Broussard's interactive stage show about childhood sexual abuse, "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor", has been praised by mental health professionals and survivors as a healing tool.
Now presented in partnership with the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" takes a unique approach to fostering an open dialogue on the impacts of abuse. While Michael is telling his story, he also pauses for several feedback breaks throughout the performance, inviting audience members to ask questions, make comments and share their own stories. The debut of the show this past June saw several survivors doing just that: sharing their stories in a safe and supportive space.
"Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" will be staged again on Sunday, November 9th at 5pm and 7pm at the Adrienne Theater in Philadelphia.
Clinician Megan Doyle of Survivors of Abuse in Recovery called the show "a powerful and moving testimonial to the impact of childhood sexual abuse throughout a lifetime" and said "I would love to see the show reach a larger audience to empower and educate a broader community."
Psychologist Elizabeth Dale Blair said "As a psychologist who treats survivors of childhood sexual abuse, I would highly recommend this show to anyone who struggles with the emotional aftermath of these traumas."
Web site: http://sexabusesurvivor.com
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/askasexabusesurvivor
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Himself a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, striving to pull something positive out of the experience with his stage show "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor".
In the show, he tells the story of the abuse I suffered and of the path to healing he found. Throughout the performance there are "feedback breaks" where audience members can comment, ask questions and share their own stories.
When the show debuted as part of the Philadelphia SoLowFest this past June, he was gratified to find many survivors sharing their stories in an atmosphere that was 100% safe and supportive.
After the debut, he partnered with the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, to better promote "Ask a Sex Abuse Survivor" and reach more survivors.
“If I can help one victim survive, I believe I survived for a reason.” ~ Kathy Haley
Kathy Haley’s a survivor of Domestic Violence and Activist. Her story or should we say “nightmare” is one that needs to be told and retold to the millions of women experiencing domestic violence and stalking. Kathy is a regular speaker for the National Institute of Crime Prevention, she has been a guest on the Maury Povich Show, the Radio Talk Show with Host Leslie Marshall and has been utilized by several other domestic violence groups as an expert in the field of domestic violence.
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Tonight's special guest is Polly Moore from Atlanta, Georgia, a returning NAASCA family member. Polly is the Executive Administrative Assistant of Angela Williams, Founder of VOICE Today, a non-profit organization whose mission is to break the cycle and silence of child sexual abuse through awareness, prevention, and healing programs. She began volunteering with VOICE Today on July 17, 2012, the day after she broke her silence. She'd found her voice at VOICE Today's support group the night before. Polly grew up with six siblings in Mobile, Alabama, but was only 8 years old when her father died of lung cancer. Soon two neighborhood boys began to molest her, friends of her older twin brothers. A couple of years later she was assaulted by another neighbor and later by her older brother. She was able to break away from the abuse at the age of twelve, but was by then deep in the darkness of isolation. Polly is now a mother and grandmother, and has lived in Atlanta for the past 15 years. She is contemplating returning to finish her final year at Western Carolina University where she majored in Accounting, and has become a devoted advocate for adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. Polly says she will forever continue to help fellow adult survivors find their voice and welcome their healing through the working of Angela Williams and VOICE Today.
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Relationships are everywhere – inside of yourself – that’s the relationship that you have with yourself – in your personal life, your work life, family life, and in the marketplace and each relationship that you have is an important part of the quality of your life. Even though the purpose of each relationship that we have is different from the others and the levels of closeness and openness might be different, the basic dynamics are the same and there is one thing for sure that is the same in every relationship that you have and that is, that you are in it! So step into your relationships and bring love and life to them with how you are in them!
Author and columnist Ken Solin is a boomer Dating Expert for The Huffington Post, AARP, About.com, and Maria Shriver, and also writes about boomer sex and relationships. Ken’s new book, The Boomer Guide To Finding True Love Online offers real-life boomer dating solutions based on Ken’s online dating experience and the experiences of tens of thousands of readers who comment on his articles. His relationship philosophy is simple. “You can’t think your way through a relationship. You have to feel your way.”
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Strangely enough there is a report out of British Columbian from The Human Rights Tribunal in British Columbia will consider completely eliminating gender designations from birth certificates in response to complaints from the Trans Alliance Society (TAS) and other transgender individuals, according to an article in the National Post.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418965/british-columbias-human-rights-tribunal-consider-eliminating-gender-birth
Did Rand Paul say something so honest, so accurate, that he is certain to be crushed by his fellow Republicans for having dared to utter it in the first place. It has to do with the creation of ISIS.
We also have story out of The Wisconsin Daily Independent "Misleading prevailing wage ads debunked"
Lakiesha Thomas is a New Orleans native who resides in Houston, TX. Lakiesha truly considers herself a mompreneur. She is the proud creator of La’Shaes,LLC which is considered to be a motivational movement throughout Texas and abroad. La’Shaes goal is to cater to every women an girl who may be facing life challenges and looking for a motivational thrust as they move throughout life.Lakiesha seeks to expand this movement through fashion, and motivational speaking. Establishing and launching her first annual Business Women Expo as well as a non-profit group coming in 2016 called Beautifully Created for a Strong Survivor. BCSS will provide an arena for the youth to speak out, without fear of being criticized or judged.
Clemson University football coach Dabo Swinney caused some controversy this week when he was to be honored by a South Carolina lobbying group opposed to gay rights and same-sex marriage. A petition was started urging him to cancel and he did on his own days later, saying he didn't want to be a distraction and did not want to seem to endorse all the group's views. It raises the question of what responsibility a coach has to a diverse student body and how that might clash with his beliefs.