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  • Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1170

    in Self Help

    Tonight's special guest is Vanessa McNeal from Cedar Falls, Iowa, 22, a child abuse and sexual assault survivor, NAASCA activist and documentary filmmaker. Her goal is to help other people heal and to spread awareness on the issues of child abuse and trauma. NAASCA needs MORE young folks in recovery like Vanessa! Growing up, Vanessa a lot of family violence until she was around five years old. Her father would leave the house voluntarily or because her mom would kick him out because of the fighting. "That left me and my older sister home alone with my mom who was very involved in the party scene," she writes. "I wasn't taken to school regularly so I became far behind in school to the point where I had to be placed in a special class for kids that were behind." Vanessa goes on, "Due to the lack of parental supervision I was placed in compromising positions with compromising people. I was exposed to men and drugs. There was a lot of DHS involvement and police intervention. My needs were not met adequately." Her grandmother eventually gained custody of all four siblings. "I was molested by my 2 older female cousins and by my older sister. There were times I went years without talking to my mother. We eventually began having a consistent healthy relationship around late high school." Vanessa's doing better now. "I struggled most of my life thinking that no one would want or desire me because I thought my own mom did not." She concludes, "I am in a wonderful place in my life right now and I have never been happier."
     

  • 01:21

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1168

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    Tonight's special guests are Alan and Barbara Cohen from Connecticut, husband and wife. He's an attorney and author (aka Avi Morris) who's written about the experience of being a foster father in his book "Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young". Barbara's a now-retired teacher, a middle-school language arts and literacy specialist who continues to teach adult literacy classes. It was her observations of children being removed from abusive homes that led the couple to become foster parents. They began fostering teens after their own three sons were grown and on their own. Their experience with a girl and her sister became the models for the novel's main characters, which has led them to become speakers at various foster care foster care and child abuse advocacy groups. Alan and Barbara's family has not been immune from the ravages of child abuse and trauma. Their niece survived the abuses of her grandfather, but is now a major success story. There were extreme bumps along the way, including she and her younger brother becoming wards of the state after falling into drug abuse. She attempted suicide twice before age 17, and was sent to a year long rehab. When she emerged she was dedicated to sobriety, finished high school with a GED, and got straight "A"s in a community college. Her brother, who Alan and Barbara fostered, is the other side of the coin. He is still struggling with drug abuse and in the process lost an academic scholarship to a good university. "In the meantime," Alan reports, "the grandfather's abuse pretty well tore apart the whole immediate family. There are many victims of one person's abuse."

  • 01:25

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1167

    in Self Help

    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

  • Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1166

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    Tonight's special guest is Kari Kelley from Sunnyvalle, CA, a child abuse survivor, advocate and author. Kari shares from her past childhood abuse how she learned to heal the core wound that was key in helping her move forward. Born in Southern California, Kari was conceived as a consequence of her mother being violently assaulted. Kari was adopted twice; once at 9 months old and again at 4 years old. Kari spent her life in this family being abused and neglected. Her experiences in these families left Kari wounded, battered and legally blind. Like so many others who have lived through similar situations, Kari spent years living as a victim until she discovered a deep inner strength and a purpose. She turned her childhood ordeal into an opportunity. She now inspires and assists people to overcome adversity in their own lives. Kari offers support through her Restore Your Resilience program which helps women overcome the struggle of being abused as children. She's been a featured speaker, author and vocalist on a wide variety of stages, panels, radio and TV shows across the United States. She has published her autobiography entitled "Black, Blind and Female." Kari is also featured in the May 2014 issue of Landmark Insights, about the creation, production and performance of her one woman show “Somebody Else's Child”.

  • 00:15

    What You Might Not Know About Intuition

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    Everyone has intuition and in the world of Enegy Work, it is a foundational component in healing.  Just when you've thought you've heard everything there is to hear about it or know about it, you might be surprised by the things that are revealed in this show.  I will talk about where the concept of intuition came from, what distinguishes it from feeling and logic, and ways you can develop it so that it is a tool you can use everyday of your life!

  • 01:31

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1164

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    SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "Child Abuse, Trauma and 12-Step Recovery" - STEP 6 (and we'll include a bit about TRADITION 6) - 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 6: "Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character." ~~ Taking this step did not seem at all appealing to me. The way I processed my fears was by asking which parts of me I thought would be removed, and was I afraid of having to live a life without these very necessary parts of myself. My fear was that this meant I had to become someone fundamentally different from my basic personality and nature. This was because I believed that I was defective, and who I was must be problematic. This too, is another tragic result of trauma and victimization. It is not the intent of Step Six at all. ~~ A child abuse survivor herself, Rivka Edery is grateful for the spiritual recovery she found in the 12 Steps of AA. She's been active in the 12 Step community for over 17 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 7 & TRADITION 7. ~~ Please see our web page at: www.NAASCA.org/Trauma-12Step or write to Rivka at: rebecca.edery@gmail.com

  • 01:29

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1163

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    Tonight's special guest is Justin Hoekman from Chicago, a returning NAASCA family member. Justin endured a childhood filled with sexual, physical, mental, verbal and emotional traumas. As an infant, Justin was adopted into a Christian Reform family of foster parents, and a younger sister was adopted when he was a toddler. Sexual abuse and molesting began when he was 3, and his 13 year-old cousin "played doctor" with him starting at the age 6. When he was 10 he was sexually abused by a family friend. This abuse went on for 2 1/2 years. Justin's dad physically abused him for a decade and he has vague memories of his dad sexually abusing him as well. His mother often witnessed his father's physically abuse but did nothing to stop it. Justin left the house at 17, but he'd begun using drugs to escape the reality of his home. "I have always felt less than, unimportant, and have hated myself for a long time," said Justin. "Currently, it is difficult for me to trust others. I am diagnosed with chronic depression and anxiety." But he now works the 12 step Narcotics Anonymous program, and has a wonderful therapist. "While I am no longer in contact with my parents, my sister and I remain very close. As a child when my dad was beating me, my sister was my saving grace, she would scream and my dad would stop." After working on himself for a number of years Justin's made great progress and hopes to return to school to become and LCSW, a therapist with his own practice. As he says, "I would like to help in anyway I can whether that be a child advocate, helpline, sharing my story, or anything else." He goes on, "All of the horrible things I endured I believe happened so that I may help other overcome and be a survivor of childhood abuse."

  • The Power of a Woman's Intuition

    in Spirituality

    On this Episode of the Oracle Treehouse we are talking about the power of a woman’s intuition.  We women are so powerful creators.


    We were the first healers energy workers and calendars just to name a few. Our intuitive ability has been downed played way to long. Join me as I drop tips on how we females can strengthen our personal guidance system aka intuitive ability.


    I will also be taking your calls for readings and intuitive advice.  

  • 01:32

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1162

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    SPECIAL TOPIC: Lauren Book -- Here's a reprise of an appearance by one of our more popular NAASCA family members, Lauren Book, from SCAN Episode 255 in 2012. Along with her father, Ron Book (SCAN Episode 270), she's gone on in the last several years to promote educating parents and kids about the issues and dangers of child abuse. Here's the show description from 2012: Tonight's SPECIAL GUEST is Lauren Book, 27 year old founder of "Lauren's Kids," was a victim of childhood sexual abuse for six years at the hands of her nanny. Lauren has just completed a 1500 mile walk across her home state of Florida, the third such journey she's accomplished. This time she spent 39 days on the road, one day for each million of the 39 million Americans who have already suffered child abuse. Fully 10 years into her healing journey, Lauren is an outspoken and knowledgeable advocate for the issues of child abuse. Knowing that 95 percent of sexual abuse is preventable through education, Lauren seeks to turn her experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and heal survivors. Lauren's organization educates adults and children about sexual abuse topics through an in school curriculum, a 24-hour Crisis Hotline and speaking engagements around the country. The organization also provides more than 4.5 million educational and awareness materials statewide through direct mail every year. The ultimate goal is to prevent sexual abuse through awareness and education, and to help survivors heal with guidance and support. Among her many admirers (and a blogger on Laura's web site) is Maria Shriver. Describing herself as a survivor, thriver and warrior against abuse, Lauren says, "I survived, I'm ok .. because it's always ok to tell."

  • 00:29

    Intuition: Your Inner Compass

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    Intuition is something that was given to you, to guide you on your journey through life. Learn how you can trust your intuition to lead you to make the right choices, in every situation through life, & lead you to every good thing you desire!

    Sherise Fox will cover:

    What Intuition is, where it comes from, how it works, how to recognize it, the 5 intuitive senses & how to develop & strengthen your Intuition!

    About Sherise:

    Sherise Fox is a Spiritual Life Coach, Intuitive, and certified Reiki Master. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Psychology. Her mission is to bring about spiritual awareness and help people who are feeling stuck and unfulfilled with their lives to recognize and shift into their greatness. Sherise has been offering private coaching since 2003 and has worked with clients across the country. She currently resides in Austin, Texas.

    Visit her website www.SheRiseCoaching.com for additional information.

  • 01:31

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1160

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    Tonight's special guest is Terrance Tykeem from Philadelphia, PA, a former NFL player, singer, author, and philanthropist. He recently produced a feature film titled "Touched" which details how child sexual abuse not only affects the victim but the entire family system.. parents, siblings, friends of the family. Additionally Terrance has a nonprofit, the "We Stand Up Coalition" that would like to create a national memorial dedicated to survivors of child sexual abuse. An author, singer, songwriter, producer, and businessman, Terrance Tykeem was born in Atlanta, Georgia, spending equal time between Atlanta and Philadelphia, before becoming an NFL walk-on. Unfortunately, due to injury his dream of playing in the NFL was short lived. He deftly transitioned from pro-athlete into a career in the entertainment industry. In recent years he has shifted to more philanthropic endeavors working with youth afflicted by abuse, specifically, victims of child sexual abuse. Terrance pulls from his own experiences of being in foster care, witnessing first hand the sexual advances on younger/weaker children. "Touched," his recently created film (and song), feature Tony Sirico, Stephen Baldwin, Mackenzie Phillips, Jaclyn Betham and many many others. The objective is to bring awareness to the International pandemic of childhood sexual abuse.