• 01:31

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1019

    in Self Help

    SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "For Our Kids" - Deborah Maddison and Tracy Baxter, 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: a round table discussion with two families who will speak with us about the effects CPS abuse had on their families for three generations. We often forget the 'ripple' effect of a tragedy, and how it affects not just the people at the core, but all those around them, and often for years to come. We will be speaking with Lina Desmoulin from the Blakout Documentary 'Powerful as God', and her daughter and granddaughter, Deanna and Hillary Paul, from Ontario, whose family was destroyed from the involvement of CPS. We will also be speaking with Reverend Rosemary Dalton and her son, Michael, from Missouri, whose ongoing CPS nightmare has now spanned 17 years. "For Our Kids" show panelist Eugenea Couture, author of the incredibly influential book 'Adoption not an Option' is joining us, too. Trauma is not something that can be confined, compartmentalized, or just 'gotten over', and it is only by speaking up about these issues and demanding change that we can work preventatively from damaging generations of families. ~~ 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: naasca.forourkids@gmail.com

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1016

    in Self Help

    Tonight's special guest is Stacey Lannert from St Louis, MO, a returning NAASCA family member who is a child sexual abuse survivor and activist. But she's much more than that. The founder of Healing Sisters, she's also author of "Redemption: A Story of Sisterhood, Survival, and Finding Freedom Behind Bars" where she tells how 10 years of sexual abuse, including rape and sodomy, Stacey and killed her father in 1990. She was sentenced to life in prison without parole. In January 2009, after 18 years in prison, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt commuted her sentence. He told her he expected her to make a difference with her life. After 18 years in prison, Stacey's now living in St. Louis. She's telling her story so other women can learn from her mistakes. "I created Healing Sisters to allow other sexual abuse victors (we are victors, after all) the opportunity to experience the bond we share and the restoring powers gained from other people who have also suffered," says Stacey. "I believe that every child, woman and man who suffers from sexual abuse becomes a sister because we share a common bond, one of betrayal and suffering. We need one another in order to thrive, and maybe even to survive. I hope in my lifetime we can eradicate, wipe out, and destroy sexual abuse. That surely cannot to be too lofty of a goal, can it? If we communicate, we create. We need to create a safe world for all children."

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1015

    in Self Help

    Tonight's special guest is Erica Hammel from Michigan, a mother who became an advocate and activist because of the childhood abuse of her young child a year ago. The boy, known as Wyatt The Warrior, nearly died from his injuries, and his mother, Erica, become a voice for victims of child abuse. The toddler was abused when he was just 1 year old (he turned 2 in October, 2014).  Wyatt was physically assaulted (shaken baby syndrome) by the woman Erica's ex husband had left her for. The child suffered a major brain bleed, broken ribs, and permanent brain damage and, and was not expected to live. In fact Erica was told he might never even crawl. But after spending 7 weeks at Children's Hospital he was considered a living, breathing miracle. Wyatt is now walking and has literally beaten all the odds. Erica writes, "His father is not allowed to see him. His father's girlfriend had a criminal history of child abuse that he knew of (I didn't know) and he still left Wyatt alone with her. On the days he was going to work he told me Wyatt stayed with his mom." When criminal proceedings began, Erica had to quit her job because Wyatt needed full care. He currently does some sort of therapy 4xs a week. His main problems are he can't talk and he can't eat solid food. As Erica says it, "The fact that Wyatt's abuser had a previous history of child abuse sickened me." She wondered how someone who is convicted of physically abusing a child wasn't on a register sex offender registry." She concludes, "I had to speak up, I have to make a change. We need to protect our children, especially the ones who don't have a voice."

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1014

    in Self Help

    SPECIAL TOPIC Night - "Child Abuse, Trauma and 12-Step Recovery" - STEP 4 - SCAN host Bill Murray will be joined by special guest co-host Rivka Edery, MSW, LCSW, from NYC, 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 4: "Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves." Most survivors, unless they are in a crisis, do not put much thought into what happened; the people, places, things, and reactions to events that have long-shaped their life. But if you have not yet taken a look at the traumas that have shaped your personality, behaviors, fears, and ways of responding in life, Step Four is a good opportunity to stop and think about it. Perhaps you have reached the day when you realize that you are not living your life as you really want to. Perhaps you feel a deep inner longing for healthy, secure attachment, love and a more kind relationship with yourself. ~~ 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 5. ~~ Please see our web page at: www.NAASCA.org/Trauma-12Step or write to Rivka at: rebecca.edery@gmail.com

  • 01:31

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1013

    in Self Help

    Tonight's special guest is Kathleen Milliken from Seattle, Washington, a returning NAASCA family member who's dedicated to finding holistic and empowering ways to help the world heal from domestic violence and abuse as well as life's every day challenges. In 2009 Kathleen wrote a book to help empower women of Domestic Violence and abuse and to help herself heal from past wounds. The title, "Escaping the Glass Cage: A Story of Survival and Empowerment from Domestic Violence" (under the name Schmidt). From this Project Empowerment was born as she felt the pull to do more and reach more people. The mission is dedicated to finding holistic and empowering ways to help our world heal from domestic violence and abuse as well as life's every day challenges. As part of Project Empowerment, Kathleen hosts a BlogTalkRadio show dedicated to empowering lives everywhere, bringing people, stories, ideas and inspiration to help each of us make our world a better place. Kathleen's also a Women's Empowerment Coach. Her focus is to work with women of all ages to help the find their voice, passion and path in life. "You can hike with me," she suggests, "meet for coffee or talk on the phone/Skype. I also do workshops for bigger groups, all designed to help you empower your life, right now!" She goes on, “If you can find that spark, that driving force that pulls you in the direction of doing something bigger than you, listen to it. We each have a voice, we each can make a difference in the world, and it all starts with us."

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1011

    in Self Help

    Tonight's special guest is Mandy Smith from Portland, Oregon, a child abuse survivor, activist and writer. Her "Healing Beyond Survival" BLOG is excellent. As she says, "Any way that I can help spread awareness about abuse, count me in!" To this end she's reaching out to others, and joining the NAASCA family. But advocating for abuse victims wasn't Mandy's orginal goal. "Three years ago, I started out with a plan to write a story," she says, "a personal story about my childhood sexual abuse and it’s aftermath. By the time I had finished the first draft of my memoir, "Secrets In Big Sky Country" (due to be published in Sept 2015), I became aware that it wasn't just my story. There were many others out there with similar stories of abuse." Beginning at age three, Mandy was groomed and molested by her stepfather, the man whom she called "Daddy." At 14, when she broke the family's code of silence, she was shunned. As a young girl her search for acceptance led Mandy down a dark path where she incurred more abuse. When a brutal rape results in pregnancy, the deep love she felt for her unborn baby surprised Mandy. Plans took shape quickly for their new life together. Then, one final act of deception and betrayal by her parents sent Mandy into a four-decade-long abyss of depression, eating disorders and PTSD. But now she says, "My forthcoming memoir is the story of childhood abuse, betrayal and abandonment. But it doesn't end there. My journey has led me to a place of healing beyond survival. I especially hope that adults who were molested as children will read it and know they are not alone. I know that together, we can overcome the shame that comes from secret-keeping. Recovery and healing is possible!"

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1010

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    Tonight's special guest is Jeanette Allison from Monterey, CA, who suffered neglect and emotional abuse at the hands of her mother, a raging and mean alcoholic with Bipolar disorder, a sadistic and narcissistic personality who suffered from a schizoaffective disorder with paranoia. Jeanette's father was the enabler in the family. He worked three jobs to support the family of four. Her mother targeted her specifically, not her more compliant brother. Until recently Jeanette was a single mother and an LGBT activist. She had problems with alcohol in the past and successfully broke free of those problems through the help of AA's 12 Step program which she still practices on a daily basis, targeting the spiritual malady that lead her to drink in the first place. Although AA has been the solution to her alcoholism, she found no relief for trauma she suffered and carried with her from childhood. This is changing now as Jeanette found an answer to addressing unhealed maladies when she learned of Rivka Edery's book "Trauma and Transformation: A 12 Step Guide" and NAASCA's every other Thursday night "Stop Child Abuse Now" radio talk series that's devoted to the application of a 12 Step Program and approach to recovery the trauma of childhood abuse. Jeanette continues to be a shining light, despite suffering from a traumatic work accident, and a rare hand tumor that have halted her dream job as an occupational therapist. As such has a special interest in individuals with disabilities. She married her wife, Jackie Allison, this summer, and strives to be a leader who use her compassion, her kindness and the love of writing and photography to heal others' hearts.

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1009

    in Self Help

    SPECIAL TOPIC Night -"For Our Kids" - Deborah Maddison and Tracy Baxter, 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: With the rampant corruption, racketeering, and utter lawlessness of our legal system and all it's related players, is there any defense they can possibly give to explain the "Kangaroo Court" situation we find ourselves in when sucked into the vortex of misery and destruction that is our system? Is it indefensible or could there actually be a reason for why it is the way it is? Join us as we speak on this topic with people who have been down this rabbit hole. We will explore how and why things got to where they are today with a brand new perspective, as well as speaking with someone who is part of a 110 million dollar lawsuit against the judiciary to try and force change and accountability with the only means they seem to understand - money. We will also be updating you on the Marcky Herrmann case, which only grows more urgent and more corrupt by the day. It's time we speak up and stop the slaughtering of our civil rights. ~~ 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: naasca.forourkids@gmail.com

  • 01:29

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1008

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    Tonight's special guest is Tamra Gregory from Littleton, Colorado, a child abuse survivor, parent and activist who we met recently through NAASCA family member Feather Berkower, also from Colorado. Now middle aged, Tamra was a victim of sexual assaults occurred between the ages of 8 and 12, by family members and a swimming instructor. She reports, "I have been in and out of therapy both individual and group beginning in my 20's through my 40's. In retrospect, a very difficult divorce, my 2nd, was a pivotal event in my healing. The pain of this divorce dislodged me from the anger stage of grief. I think I had been stuck there for 40 plus years." She began telling her story to close friends. While was working on her MPA and enrolled in an emotional intelligence course, Tamra was required to write a bio. It was another opportunity to share her story (with 26 other people) and reap the support that occurs when one takes the risk to be vulnerable and authentic. "I have never confronted my abusers," she says, "but I have shared my story with other family members and although they have expressed sympathy for me, none have really taken a stance in opposition of them." Tamra goes on, "Needless to say, I do not engage with any of them now. The sad part for me is missing all of the family gatherings and missing seeing my extended family." A firm believer in Feather Berkower's work, her Parenting Safe Children web site and her book "Off Limits: A Parent's Guide to Keeping Kids Safe from Sexual Abuse," Tamra is busy giving back. "I spend my personal time volunteering with groups that provide mentor-ship and support for kids in the foster care system."

  • Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1005

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    Tonight's special guest is Chris Mosquera from Cape Canaveral, Florida, an adult survivor of child abuse and activist who's among NAASCA's newest family members. He's telling his story in public tonight for the first time. Born in Puerto Rico, Chris never knew his father. His mother was a German refugee from Hitler's Jewish extermination war who came across the pond as part of the Kinder Care boat lift from London. Mother and son moved to New York City when he was 3, where Chris grew up very poor and always struggling. He thinks his abuse started when he was about 6. He still struggles with any clarity, saying, "Amnesia is nature's way to protect the brain and the soul. I can name a few people in my head and a few incidents. But my memory is mostly in very small and fast flashes." Chris recalls most of his abusers were boy friends of his mother, who thought it was important for a fatherless boy to have father figures and male bonding. "I know there were many men who were fond of my young innocent body and mind. One was a doctor my mother worked for. One was a camp counselor at a sleep away camp. One was a boy friend who raised white mice," he explains. "I was jumped and ganged in the school shower locker rooms." Not long ago Chris discovered his memory problem was related to PTSD, and says, "I have recently come to grips and recognized the abuse issues after 50 years of keeping it inside." Now he's changing his life. "I want to tell the world how evil child sex abuse is and [about] male sex childhood abuse," says Chris. "Advocacy is healing!" he exclaims, concluding, "I will have done my job if one child does not have to spend 50 years dealing with this. It has cost me friends, career, my wife, my marriage, and my family. My life was stolen. I am a survivor and I will survive."

  • 01:30

    Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 1001

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    Tonight's special guest is Nana Brazil from São Paulo, Brazil, a child abuse survivor and NAASCA family member who's been a regular in our SCAN radio talk show's chat room for several months. Now 52 years old, Nana is beginning her healing process using the ASCAA 12 Step program, and is joining us as a special guest tonight for the first time! Her father, an alpha male, was born in Italy and came to Brazil after the World War II. When 5 years old Nana's family re-located for 3 years to the USA, living in Wisconsin. There she suffered bullying in school. "Back in Brazil the first memory that I have is my mom entering my bedroom and catching my dad abusing me. My childhood broke apart." She and her brother witnessed terrible, violent fights. Her parents divorced when Nana was 16. "My mother never talked to me about what she saw. Actually any time that I tried to bring her any problem, the answer was that it was too much for her to handle. My father just wasn't there, ever. The law of the house was secrecy." Her childhood experiences opened the door for many adult problems, including "bad relationships, a 23 year abusive marriage, giving up of great opportunities, and a hard time to manage my financial situation, my business." Four years ago she was able to get out of her marriage with the help of Al-anon. "I went back to my mothers house, the same place of all the traumatic experiences. And that made all the memories come back. But with the memories came help and many doors of healing. Going back to Christianity was one of the doors. The other was finding the SCAN group." Nana concludes, "I want to build a good, joyful, productive life. And to help others to understand that there is hope and to find a path of recovery."

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