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Monday to Friday's "Stop Child Abuse Now" (SCAN) and Sunday's "Community Matters" This Week feature Bill Murray, the nationally respected public safety and child abuse prevention, intervention and recovery advocate. Bill is founder of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), a 501(c)3. Originally he was best known for Los Angeles Community Policing (LACP), his reaction to the events of 9-11-2001. Bill's web site (LACP.org) has been continuously published since early 2002, and is the world's largest grassroots nonprofit effort devoted to community-based policing. In 2009, Bill launched the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA.org) as a grassroots effort, one based on his personal life experienced. "Very few adults escape years of severe childhood sexual abuse, pre-pubescent X-rated photography, sex trafficking, and a two week long kidnapping," Bill writes. "But I have, and for some 35 years I've been in recovery from its devastating effects. Once my parents were gone, I decided to devote my remaining time, money and available energy to this vitally important cause." After years of operating as a grassroots, all volunteer effort, and with over 2500 BlogTalkRadio shows in the ever-growing library, NAASCA became a public charity .. a 501(c)3 .. where the single purpose is to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect from two specific perspectives: 1) educating the public, and 2) offering hope for healing and services to adult survivors. Join our hosts six-nights-a-week (all but Saturday), at 8pm EST (7pm CEN, 6pm MTN, 5pm PAC) for solution oriented discussions about the many issues of child abuse and trauma. These shows always include panel discussions, LIVE chat rooms, and frequent call-in participation.

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Tonight's special guest is Karlene Shoffstall from Evans, Georgia, a child abuse survivor and returning NAASCA family member. Karlene was sexually abused starting at about age 11 by her mother's new husband, her stepfather. Karlene continues, ?My mother and stepfather were married no more than a month, at most two, before he started to sexually abuse me. It was very subtle at first and progressed until it was full penetration." She didn't want to upset the family dynamic with her grandfather's heart condition, and her grandmother's nerve condition, nor wanting to cause her mother to lose another man. She didn't tell anyone. "I also endured emotional abuse by my mother, who blamed me for my abuse. My family has a history of child abuse that has been passed through generations.? Like many, she turned to drugs and alcohol as a teen to escape her demons. As Karlene explains, ?I am breaking the cycle in my family and life; however, my life was in turmoil for many years, and my erratic behavior caused more pain, and I ended up in prison for three years, and continued in a destructive pattern when released. I finally received the blessing of desperation, which led to my healing, and developed a support group through AA.? Clean and sober since 2010, she states, ?I currently serve my community and counsel others in their recovery paths. My sister [NAASCA Treasurer and talk show host, Tammy Shoffstall] encouraged me to tell my story, and serve NAASCA and other adult survivors of child abuse. I never told my mother about the abuse until I was 19, and when I did, she blamed me. She's the ostrich, head in the sand thing going on. She simply is not able to face the truth. She has always tried to discredit me and make whatever I say seem to not be the case. I love my mother. But, I don't like her.?
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