National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

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NAASCA Highlights
- Note from Bill -
I'm hoping that after more than 30 years of sobriety and recovery from the issues initiated by my severe abuse as a child our new www.NAASCA.org non profit can resonate with hope for those who have found it hard to share their abuse stories. The primary mission at NAASCA is to reduce the incidence of child abuse for today's at-risk kids, and to offer recovery to those many millions of adults who still suffer from the pain and consequences of the abuses they experienced in their youth.
HOME PAGE
programs / projects
RECOVERY
together we can heal
RESOURCES
help stop child abuse
ABOUT
a little about us
CONTACT
join us, get involved

I especially encourage sharing in groups or with trained and experienced trauma recovery individuals, but recognize that no matter how it occurs the sharing of one's story for the first time in an appropriate setting can be described as the transition point away from victim hood. This is the beginning of recovery.

Secondly I'm hoping our new effort can help bring attention to a growing problem the scope of which few understand.  Its simply unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of young Americans fall victim to pedophiles, molesters, kidnappers, child pornographers and traffickers each year (see the statistics below).

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Here are a few things about me, the most recent at the top:




A survivor shares his story: “Together we can do what we cannot do alone”
Bill Murray -- NAASCA.org
  A survivor shares his story: “Together we can do what we cannot do alone”

by RAACE.org - Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere

4/9/2015

Bill Murray, survivor, public safety advocate (LACP.org), founder of National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA.org), host of the Internet talk radio show "Stop Child Abuse Now" (BlogTalkRadio.com/Bill-Murray), and founder of ASCAA, a 12 Step recovery program for adult survivors of child abuse (ASCA12step.org), shared his story with RAACE.

I was sexually abused for several years, starting when I was 11. I didn't tell anyone, and internalized my fear, anger and shame. An introvert with a temper, I started doing badly in school and getting into trouble. I hated myself, and began drinking heavily as soon as I could get my hands on alcohol.


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  Ashes 2 Beauty - Child Abuse interview of Bill Murray - (60 min)
Many thanks to Kelley Alsobrook from "Freedom from Bondage" radio for giving me the opportunity to speak out against child abuse and trauma on her "Ashes 2 Beauty" talk show. I'm always glad to promote our cause and invite others to join the NAASCA family! We also appreciate the chance to educate the public and help it break through the American taboo of talking about childhood sexual abuse.
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Bill Murray
Experience, Strength, Hope
  Bill Murray - Experience, Strength, Hope
Breaking the Silence for Child Abuse Victims

This half-hour radio talk show interview of Bill Murray, hosted by Elaine Crocker, was recorded on March 2, 2014.

In it, Elaine asks Bill to briefly talk about his past, explain his advocacy work and to describe the pandemic of child abuse and trauma in North America.

Bill is convinced through his own life's personal experience that children need and deserve the help of a community that in the main chooses not to recognize their desperate situation.

The very topic of "child abuse" is largely taboo, yet kids don't have their own voice, so their pain is often suffered in silence. It's up to us .. the aware adults .. to speak for them ..

CLICK HERE to play the 1/2 hour radio talk show interview
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MALE ABUSE AWARENESS WEEK 2013

- a video featuring NAASCA founder Bill Murray

Here, finally, are some video highlights from the recent annual fundraiser to raise awareness for male victims of abuse, held the first week of Dec 2013 - in San Francisco.
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Bill Murray
NAASCA founder

Breaking the Silence
Speaking the Truth
  BREAKING NEWS -- Northeast Los Angeles coverage about the launch of this NAASCA non profit:

NELA Man Hopes to Break Silence for Child Abuse Victims
Montecito Heights resident and Los Angeles Community Policing Founder Bill Murray's
latest mission is to provide a voice and resource for victims of child abuse.

NOTE from Bill -- After more than 30 years of sobriety and recovery from the severe childhood sexual abuse I experienced in my youth, I'm hoping our National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, www.NAASCA.org, will offer hope to adults who have found it difficult to share their unexposed and hidden abuse stories. We especially encourage sharing these secrets with knowledgeable councilors or in appropriate groups. This is the beginning of recovery. Secondly, I'm hoping our grassroots efforts will bring attention to a growing pandemic problem, the scope of which few understand. It's simply unacceptable that each year hundreds of thousands of young Americans fall victim to predator pedophiles, molesters, rapists, kidnappers, child pornographers and human traffickers.

At least 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse and trauma before their 18th birthday. As few as ten percent of these youthful victims have an opportunity to expose their predators while young, so the vast majority of a currently estimated 42 million American survivors of child abuse came into adulthood burdened with the devastating and debilitating secrets of their youth.

Here's the story as it appeared in the Patch
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NELA Man Hopes to Break Silence for Child Abuse Victims

Montecito Heights resident and Los Angeles Community Policing Founder Bill Murray's latest mission is to provide a voice and resource for victims of child abuse. by Maria Zamudio

Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch

December 29, 2010

Los Angeles Community Policing founder Bill Murray is about to take the next step in his life of public service.

Murray, who has become a familiar voice in Northeast Los Angeles communities and beyond through his online radio podcast, Community Matters, is now set to launch the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA) on Jan. 1.

The organization will be aimed at helping child abuse victims cope with their trauma by providing resources and a safe space to talk about their experiences, said Murray, who was a victim of child abuse.

"I've gone through the recovery, and I'm healthy enough to be a spokesperson," the recovering drug and alcohol addict said. "I want to devote my life now to help other people who had the same experiences and have not talked about it, especially men."

Murray said he plans to use the Community Matters podcast to encourage victims, who can remain anonymous, to share their stories. He'll also focus on the issues of sex crimes, sex trafficking and child pornography.

"I hope we can bring many more pedophiles and child molesters to justice and help the public understand the sheer scope of the issue," he said.

The 57-year-old Murray's commitment to community service in NELA dates back to the early 1990s, when he began volunteering with the LAPD shortly after moving to Montecito Heights.

Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Murray founded Los Angeles Community Policing, which has grown into one of the largest forums for community safety issues in the nation.

"I wanted to play a role in keeping my community safe," he said.

Murray is also a board member of the Northeast Community Clinic and in the past served as chairman of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council's organizing committee and as chairman of the Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council's Public Safety Committee.

With the launch of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, Murray is embarking on his most personal campaign.

"I want to take the worst thing that happened to me and turn it into the best thing I have to offer to the community," he said.

Murray, who grew up in New York, was sexually abused when he was 11 years old during summer camp; the abuse continued for three summers.

"He was a counselor, and he seduced me and my family into believing he was a good guy," he said.

The counselor was a photographer and took care of the swimming pool, where Murray spent a lot of time because he was a good swimmer.

The counselor repeatedly tried to befriend Murray until one day he inappropriately touched him in a shower.

"I was shocked," he said. "I didn't know what was going on. I didn't know anything about sex."

NOTE: An accomplished photographer, a lot of the molestation took part in the counselor's private dark room. Over the three summers he used the young Murray as a model for thousands of frames of pornographic pictures.

Eventually, the counselor convinced Murray's parents to let him travel with him Montreal's Expo 67 for two weeks. 

But the counselor had something else in mind, Murray said.

"I was at his mercy," he said.  "It was terrifying. I felt powerless. Ashamed."

The counselor spent the two weeks trying to convince the then 14-year-old Murray to engage in sex, and introduced him to other pedophiles. But he soon grew frustrated with Murray's refusal. At the end of the two weeks, Murray went back home and never heard from him again.

After the abuse, Murray's behavior changed completely.

"I became a problem student and became introverted," he said. "But I didn't tell anyone."

Once Murray started prep school, which was also a seminary, a priest noticed that something was off about his behavior. Murray said he confided the story of his sexual abuse to the priest, who instead of helping took a "special interest" in him.

"I spent the first couple of years of high school trying to avoid the pedophiles," he said. "But eventually I was strong enough to turn them away."

Though struggles with drug and alcohol abuse forced him to drop out of his first attempt at college, Murray was eventually able to attend New York University where he took Film & Television and Journalism.

In his late 20s his girlfriend, who later became his wife, encouraged him to seek therapy, and to reveal to his parents that he had been sexually abused.

Murray eventually found success in the television industry in Los Angeles, doing camera work, production and editing for popular sitcoms like The Golden Girls. In 1984 he also enrolled in a 12-step program to overcome his drinking problem.

After a long journey, Murray says he wants to share his story with others who are victims of child abuse, especially men, and to provide an outlet for abuse victims to share their own stories.

"The first step in to getting better is admitting that it happened and it's really hard for man to talk about it," he said. "It helps to know that you are not alone."

http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/articles/nela-man-hopes-to-break-silence-for-child-abuse-victims



Bill Murray .. a life unfolding -- now you can listen "on demand"

10/12/2009 -- Bill tells his story in public (on a talk radio show) for the first time

On this episode of "Community Matters" Bill Murray, once a severely abused child and victim of sexual pedophiles, kidnapping and child pornography, begins to publicly tell his life story for the first time. Now that his parents have died he feels free to do so.  Mr. Murray, a long time recovering alcoholic and drug addict, hopes that revealing his past will help explain his passion for serving the community and improve his effectiveness on both the forum he's founded here at LA Community Policing and the talk show he now hosts under it's umbrella.


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What are the statistics on boys vs girls who are abused?

Statistics only come from reporting, so we don't have accurate, objective numbers.

But based on the reports we have, it's believed that 1 in 3 girls is sexually abused, and a general consensus of 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 boys is sexually abused.

Some say as many as ninety percent of sexual abuse victims never tell.

293,000 children and youth are estimated to be at risk of exploitation

100,000 are prostituted annually

55% of girls living on the streets engage in prostitution

20% of prostituted girls are transported across state lines for services

The average age of entry for girls into prostitution is 12 to 14 years old
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Join us six nights a week .. on the RADIO !

Please feel free to join our Internet-based, six night a week "Community Matters" and "Stop Child Abuse Now" radio talk radio shows (we take Saturdays off).  All episodes are on the air at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific, and we'd love to have you participate.  Its easy.  You can listen in over our dedicated phone line .. (646) 595-2118 .. or go to the show's HOME PAGE .. www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Bill-Murray
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HOME PAGE
programs / projects
RECOVERY
together we can heal
RESOURCES
help stop child abuse
ABOUT
a little about us
CONTACT
join us, get involved