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100 Pennies is the story of a young girl living in Quebec, growing up in such poverty that she often fantasized that if she could get people to give her pennies; 100 pennies in fact, she would be rich and could change her life and the lives of her family forever.
An autobiography in the works, the Voice of Leadership's guest is Gaetane Martin, author of 100 Pennies, who graciously and with intense vulnerability, shares her story with our listeners.
Gaetane sheds light on her work, speaking to educators and therapists about the importance of listening to children, and the indiscriminant scope of poverty and hunger, and its impact on our future: our children.
This is part one of 100 Pennies: the beginning. Part two airs next week and takes our guest through to a life that is savored and sends a message of love.
Today we rejoice with survivor and former drug addict Elaine Crocker -Bey. She is not just a survivor, she is a THRIVOR. Elaine is on a mission to share her story to help others.
Being sexually abused led her to a life of drugs and bad choices. Today she is brand new. She is a radio show host and blogs frequently about sexual abuse at www.releaseher.net.
Listen as she shares her journey and her mission to help others.
“When the universe sends you a miracle, and then asks you to surrender to the journey that is about to unfold, you have two choices. You can politely say thanks-but no-thanks, or you can commit your heart and soul to doing something entirely on faith... Breathing Fire, began as a book for others who, like author Chris Davis, had survived childhood abuse, but it quickly transformed into a modern-day fairy tale.
As women, we need to talk openly about topics that have been kept in locked boxes on the shelf. There is no need to feel shame for something that happened that we had no control over. I support courageous women like Chris who not only survive, but empower others to transform their lives to be happy.
Did you know that an estimated 20-40 percent of girls and 2-9 percent of boys are sexually abused by the time they reach age eighteen?
Childhood sexual abuse may hinder the development and growth of relationships and survivors may experience difficulties with trust and affection, fear of intimacy, fear of being different or weird, difficulty establishing interpersonal boundaries, passive behaviors, and getting involved in abusive relationships. sexualizing relationships, inappropriate seduction, compulsive sexual behavior, promiscuity, problems concerning desire, arousal, and orgasm, flashbacks, difficulties with touch, and sadistic/masochistic tendencies.
If you or anyone you know has been abused, I invite you to join me for this important show.
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From the ages of 12-15 David Pittman was a victim of sexual abuse. Today, he's the driving force behind TOGETHER WE HEAL, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about childhood sexual abuse while matching survivors with healing professionals. On this episode he shares his story from trauma, through addiction to freedom from trauma and how he's using his experience to make a difference in the post-trauma world.
Michele’s shows combine scientific research, cutting-edge guests and personal stories that highlight the challenges and successes of deliberately deciding to change the direction of your life. If you could use some inspiration, motivation, how-to strategy or just company along your own private journey, tune in for each episode's insights and suggestions guaranteed to help you move forward. For more ideas about how to create change you choose, visit ChangeYouChoose.com
David Pittman is the Executive Director of "Together We Heal", an organization whose purpose is to provide cost-free counseling and guidance for those who have suffered the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. It works to educate through public speaking, collaborates with other groups to raise awareness and expose the sexual predators methods.
David spent years on a healing journey that continues to this very day. This led him to seek out groups specifically for men as well as those who had been through a similar trauma and ultimately inspired the foundation of Together We Heal. TWH now works with therapists, counselors and groups aiding both men and women in their efforts to heal, grow and thrive.
Web site: together-we-heal.org
www.facebook.com/Togetherwehealorg - the "like" page
www.facebook.com/groups/togetherweheal - the FB group page
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I still believe that homosexuality is not something you are born with. It is a choice. I did not choose to be black, but I was born to be. I believe that some type of abuse occurred to that individual sexually, physically, or psychologically at some point in their life.
Spirit-Life Coach Nikki Jourdan reaches out to kingdom women of childhood-abuse and cycles of fear. Get clarity, understanding and empowerment to overcome the past and live in the present by love.
Caitlin Roper is an Activist, Survivor and State Coordinator for Collective Shout which is a grassroots movement against the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls in media, advertising and popular culture.
Knowing the pain of sexual violence, first-hand, Caitlin is keen to see change and not only awareness but activation and protection when it comes to girls and sexual abuse. After walking through her own abuse journey, she was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and underwent treatment. Caitlin began blogging about her experience in the hope that by sharing openly and honestly she would not only find healing for herself but could help others who are victims or survivors of sexual abuse.
Caitlin had been sexually abused and for years she had attempted to bury it but found the pain of it all continued to pop up every now and then. The pain associated caused extensive distress and remained unresolved. As she sought help and began to speak about her experience, she soon realised there was a deafing silence around sexual abuse and rape. Victims feel a sense of shame for the violent acts committed against them and in our culture they are often blamed for 'putting themselves in that situation'. This only serves to keep victims quiet and allow perpetrators to continue to abuse without consequence.
Tune in an hear this brave girls honest story and follow her through her blog brighterthanbefore.wordpress.com or follow her tweets @caitlin_roper.
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Tonight's special guest is Dr Patrick Gannon, a clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He has worked extensively with high risk children and adults who have been abused over the last thirty five years and lectures widely on a range of mental health issues. Dr Gannon says, "When I started working with child and adult survivors, I identified with many of their feelings although never to the extent that I felt traumatized by what I experienced in childhood. In a sense, I experienced just enough of the emotional abuse to want to do something about it." Based on his experiences in child abuse prevention, he wrote the book "Soul Survivors: A New Beginning For Adults Abused As Children" in 1989. In 1993, he became the Clinical Director of the Norma J. Morris Center for Healing From Child Abuse in San Francisco, where he was one of the founders of the Adult Survivors of Child Abuse self-help program (www.ASCAsupport.org). The 21 steps of recovery outlined in "Soul Survivors" provided the theoretical basis for the ASCA program of recovery. Dr Gannon co-authored the ASCA basic manual and guidebook, "Survivor to Thriver," which describes process of recommended tasks and issues that most adult survivors face during their recovery from child abuse. The second edition of "Soul Survivors" was published as an ebook only two months ago. The ebook contains significant revisions, additions, updated research as well as integrates the ASCA program into the three stage, 21 step program. The Morris Center is sharing in the profits from "Soul Survivors" set at a very low ebook price of $5.99 (Smashwords.com and Amazon.com) to make it affordable for survivors around the world.
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SDIAG sheds light on the silenced topic of Child Sexual Abuse for April Child Abuse Prevention Month. 1 out of 3 girls, 1 out of 5 boys will be sexually abused before age 18.Child Sexual Abuse awareness and prevention. From Darkness to Light survivor stories of Sexual Child abuse and our very own Founder of SDIAG will talk about these silenced topics and the importance of Breaking the Silence.IT IS 98% PREVENTABLE.
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