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The HOSTs of our shows are all NAASCA volunteers / survivors. Episodes feature Special Guests, Special Topics and / or News.
All our talk shows are recorded and are later available as "on demand" podcasts. Descriptions include links to supporting materials.

Episodes - 2020 Original Air Date Description
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2440

Special guest ?
Friday
07/10/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2439

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
07/09/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2438

Special guest ?
Wednesday
07/08/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2437

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Carlotta Taylor, Foster Care / Law Enforcement
Tuesday
07/07/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Carlotta Taylor from Clinton, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse by her own family and in foster care. After searching for her purpose for years, she learned it was to share her story and inspire others who may be going through what she endured. In her debut book, 'No More Flinching', Carlotta outlines five key steps to overcoming adversity. A former homicide detective, child protection detective, and former federal officer, with over 15 years law enforcement experience, she knew she had to use her knowledge and wisdom to effect greater change in and around the community. She's the founder of 'Somebody Step In', a non-profit for foster children, teens and young adults. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2436

Special guest ?
Monday
07/06/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2435

Special guest ?
Friday
07/03/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2434

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
07/02/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2433

Special guest ?
Wednesday
07/01/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2432

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder - 12 Step Recovery
Tuesday
06/30/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host is Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2431

Special guest ?
Monday
06/29/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2430

Special guest Bettina Hauser
Friday
06/26/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Bettina Hauser from Miami, Florida, a survivor of sex trafficking. She came to the United States from Hungary at the age of 21 as a result of a human trafficking ring based in Florida. She was a part of the organization for a little over than three years but what’s impressive is how she grew through the pain. Now Bettina's dedicated to help other female survivors to overcome of the consequences of human trafficking, and through her educational program help them build a successful future while they will be able to become the healthy part of the society again.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2429

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Felicia Reed, Trauma Informed Life Coach
Thursday
06/25/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Felicia L Reed, a trauma-informed Recovery Coach who suffered the entire spectrum of abuses from the age of 5 to 51. That was the point when she started a healing and recovery process. Learning about and using coaching and self-healing techniques saved her life. Felicia founded Put It In Perspective where she currently works to teach these tools to groups and individuals. In addition, she has worked in community service programs as a key volunteer and activist for youth and women, and serves on cyber awareness forums that promote online safety. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2428

Special guest Sky Lea Ross
Wednesday
06/24/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sky Lea Ross from Pasadena, California, a returning NAASCA family member and a survivor of child abuse. She was burned with cigarettes, scratched by fingernails, slapped in the face repeatedly, referred to with racial slurs and profanity and neglected, causing her to be deprived of a 'normal' childhood. Born and raised in the poorer parts of Northern Pasadena, Sky had to navigate the resources available to her at a very young age, and came from a family with a history of chronic mental and physical illnesses as well as disabilities. She went into foster care at age 15.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2427

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
06/23/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2426

Special guest Dr Kelli Palfy
Monday
06/22/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dr Kelli Palfy from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the author of a new book, 'Men Too: Unspoken Truths About Male Sexual Abuse'. It's available through Amazon. Kelli's a speaker and a registered psychologist at Peaks & Valleys Psychology. She began her professional career working in adult and youth corrections, where she noticed a disproportionate number of males in the system. After becoming an RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officer, she took an interest in investigating sex crimes and went on to specialize in sex crimes committed against children internationally. Kelli is now a trained trauma therapist and public speaker on the topic of male abuse.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2425

Special guest ?
Friday
06/19/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2424

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
06/18/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2423

Special guest ?
Wednesday
06/17/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2422

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
06/16/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.”~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2421

Special guest Alexandria Dean
Monday
06/15/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Alexandria Dean from Franklin, Tennessee. She experienced childhood abuse but no longer describes herself either as a victim or as a survivor; she is redeemed! As an activist against human trafficking she's the CEO, President and Founder of J R House, Inc. Also a pastor, Alexandria is the author of 'From Heaven To Hell And Back A Few Times'. The work reveals how she's truly living a joy-filled life beyond the horrific abuses of her past. She says she's overcome these abuses, and is enthusiastic about life and her future. This is a journey of discovery, as Alexandria tells of the things that happen right next door, and in your town, that no one wants to know or speak of.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2420

Special guest ?
Friday
06/12/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Not yet booked.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2419

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - ?
Thursday
06/11/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be ? ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2418

Special guest Isana Wild
Wednesday
06/10/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Isana Wild from British Columbia, Canada, a child abuse survivor and author of 'Unfinished: a Personal Journey of Healing, Self-Discovery and Resilience'. The memoir is her contribution to helping other women who have experienced childhood and adult trauma in the hope that her healing will send a message that forgiveness is possible and that bitterness is not the only outcome. Isana finally feels whole and wants the same for those who have lived through similar experiences.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2417

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
06/09/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a childhood of sexual abuse', was published in July. "I am passionate about telling my story." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2416

Special guest Eleanor Cowan
Monday
06/08/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Eleanor Cowan from western Canada, a gifted writer who has published a memoir, 'The History of a Pedophile's Wife,' that recounts how she and her siblings were treated in childhood and how this played out in her choice of a spouse and father of her children – a man who came to betray her trust by brutally assaulting her children sexually and emotionally. The book seeks to give one possible answer to the question, “How could a mother not know her spouse is sexually abusing the children?”
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2415

Special guest Michelle Frey
Friday
06/05/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Michelle Frey from Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, a survivor of abuse, who also handles child abuse in her professional role as a Forensic Nurse Examiner and RN at York Hospital. She shares, “I have witnessed or have been the recipient of abuse for a large portion of my life. Physical and sexual abuse runs rampant on my father’s side of the family. Incest has affected many of my family members including my father, aunts, and many cousins. My father was an alcoholic and drug addict. My parents had a very toxic relationship where my mom was addicted to my dad and my dad was addicted to everything else. I was sexually abused by my second father’s best friend for 2 years of my life.” Michelle continues, "The harsh realities of child abuse really does feel like an everyday battle that a large percent of the population chooses to ignore. I’m grateful for groups like [NAASCA] where people can come together and feel supported and not under constant attack." About her work, she shares, “As a forensic nurse I could get called to testify in child abuse cases so I have to make sure I don’t do anything where I can be perceived as biased to a defense attorney. I was also a little nervous because I never spoke to a large number of people about my person abuse history. However, I’ve been coming out more and more. I was triggered severely by seeing a person distort child abuse information to suite a personal/ political agenda, as a nurse I feel as though I’m in the middle of this coronavirus war. After I was able to bring myself back emotionally, I feel that maybe it would be beneficial to speak to my experiences in order to help spread awareness and objective information.”
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2414

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
06/04/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2413

Special guest Shellilyn Weese
Wednesday
06/03/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Shellilyn Weese from Honolulu, Hawaii, a returning NAASCA family member and survivor of child abuse. She shares, “For nearly 20 years I have been trying to write my experiences of the world as a biracial child raised from birth to 18 years, in an all-white foster home with over 170 children that were abused, beaten, tortured, molested, raped, trafficked, neglected and starved, through our home and foster care systems, and how this suffering has transformed my life to understanding love. With this love overcoming addiction and finding faith.” Shellilyn’s educational background includes nursing and healthcare management, which led to her becoming president of L.I.F.E.H.O.U.S.E. where they rescue abandoned children, providing education, housing and a home life in an energy-efficient, self-sustaining community. As the website explains, "With our passion, dedication and goals of improvement of not just our community, but also the world, we hope to inspire, educate, and provide love to all that we have the opportunity to help!" Shellilyn has finished and published a new book about the abuse her family endured when she was a foster child. She relates, “In April, 2020, 'Learning to Love' was published. The autobiographical novel is not only a personal story, but a tragic one shared in hopes that people might understand the power within us, and also inspire world change by exposing the corruption of the government involvement with the kidnapping and trafficking of children.”
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2412

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Amber DeAnne, coach and author
Tuesday
06/02/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Amber DeAnn from San Jose, California, a returning NAASCA member and child abuse and PTSD survivor who's now a relationship coach, hypnotherapist, author of ‘Release Your Magical Child,' and filmmaker. "Mine is a slightly different story," she says, "since I approach everything from a more cosmic angle." Amber was abused by both parents. She continues, "The emotional and mental shut down and entrapment in low self esteem, cut off from your power, your personality, your interests, your feelings, and your essence as a human, that is the deepest wound to heal." She explains, "The emotional and mental shut down and entrapment in low self esteem, cut off from your power, your personality, your interests, your feelings, and your essence as a human, that is the deepest wound to heal." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2411

Special guest Michael Caruso
Monday
06/01/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Michael Caruso from Ft Lauderdale, Florida, who was sexually abused from 4 to 11 years old by several men where he grew up, Newark, New Jersey. "My father was gone by age 2 (heroin addict) my mom had me at 19 and didn't want a child," Michael says. "There was no love or affection in the family. I was beaten till I bled with wood spoons by my mother, and my grandpa beat me as well. My aunt helped raise me and she was like a best friend. I was rewarded like a dog. I developed a sexual addiction from the early exposure to sex at such a young age. I still have a sexual addiction today that could hurt people if I don’t remain aware of that trauma.” He shares that his grandfather's side of the family practiced witchcraft and worshipped Satan, “I have been haunted by evil since birth. My experiences with the spirit world baffles me even today. I would see spirits before I could speak. My aunt would change my diaper and I would point behind her. She would look and there they were. A lot of creepy things happened then and still do today.” Struggling to find an identity, Michael found his home with the stoners. He got high at the age of 14 and was expelled for fighting by the age of 15. Michael shares, “My mother and I became closer when I was 18. We were only 19 years apart. She was taken from me when I was 19 [murdered]. This character that I created emerged further when I was 21. I became a chiseled very good-looking man and I used that power to get what I wanted.” Although there was much darkness attached to him and around him, Michael had a Praying grandmother. She still has her lips to God’s ear saying, “Protect him. He’s going to do great things”.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2410

Special guest James Buffin
Friday
05/29/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is James Buffin from Toronto, Ontario, a returning NAASCA family member. "After experiencing some horrific sexual abuse and betrayal by a caregiver as a pre-teen I lived a fragmented alienated existence for over 30 years," James says. "Because I was uneducated about the long-term impact of child sex abuse, I had no idea that the problems I carried were actually symptoms of the abuse. By grade eight I was drinking to the point of passing out. Some days I was binge drinking before school. I sat at the back of class and avoided teachers and was successful at not getting caught. I let my appearance go, under the guise of ‘tough guy,’ but under it I was hurting terribly. … One of my teachers affectionately called me her ‘little under achiever.’ Too bad for me she never took a closer look or asked me what was going on." He goes on, "Eight years ago I began a remarkable healing journey. One of the major areas I was blocked was career. All I ever wanted was to be a filmmaker. So, I began filming my own recovery." Given the prolific feelings of release I have experienced with the support of an amazing community in Toronto at a place that runs peer facilitated programs, The Gatehouse, I also wanted to give something back. So I made a video blog featuring empowered survivors." James hopes it will help others. It's used in the programming at The Gatehouse and also the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, one of Canada's top mental health organizations. One of the videos he's most proud of is the Special Episode about the Blue Ribbon March in Bolivia. "I hope you find the episodes useful," James says, "and welcome comments and feedback."
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2409

Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Felicia Reed, Trauma Informed Life Coach
Thursday
05/28/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Felicia L Reed, a trauma-informed Recovery Coach who suffered the entire spectrum of abuses from the age of 5 to 51. That was the point when she started a healing and recovery process. Learning about and using coaching and self-healing techniques saved her life. Felicia founded Put It In Perspective where she currently works to teach these tools to groups and individuals. In addition, she has worked in community service programs as a key volunteer and activist for youth and women, and serves on cyber awareness forums that promote online safety. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2408

Special guest Lika Saliscente-Phipps
Wednesday
05/27/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lika Saliscente-Phipps from Racine, Wisconsin, a returning NAASCA family member. "I'm a survivor of abuse of many levels," Lika says. After living with a physically and verbally abusive father, a passive aggressive and manipulative mother, and dealing with abuse from her siblings, her first attempt to escape the abuse by marrying did not work out. Lika was scapegoated not only by her family, but also by people in her town who spread gossip. She describes the feeling, saying, "My life was hell, and I couldn't get away." However, she did eventually break away from the abuse and in recovery has used her experience to speak out for rights and protection of others. Lika founded Youth Voice Initiative, a non-profit social action group that authors and lobbies laws to protect women and children from dangers that arise from abuse, and other laws that take away tools from child predators who conspire to commit crimes. YVI also addresses the growing problem of domestic violence. YVI gathers support for these laws and builds awareness to the problems that inspire them. Some of the successful laws Lika has lobbied include the state of WI for Act 177, a fair pay bill for equal work, and the "Mini Skirt Bill" which renders the attire of the rape victim inadmissible as evidence against the victim in court. They've also worked on two federal laws called the 'Violence Against Women Act of 1993' and 'The Safer Campuses for Women'. YVI is currently working on several new laws. Read Ms Saliscente's BLOG at: http://likaslaments.blogspot.com.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
05/26/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2406

Special guest Dannette Allen
Monday
05/25/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dannette Allen from Seattle, Washington, a returning NAASCA family member. After her birth mother committed suicide, she was raised in a world of physical, emotional and verbal violence. Dannette relates, “As a child, my memories were of living in fear for my life. I was regularly beaten up and beaten down at home by my mother while my father did nothing to stop it. … My parental abuser regularly stated throughout my childhood that I was an inferior race; and because of my inferior race I was stupid, lazy, irresponsible, and horrifically ugly. … My parental abuser stated she was entitled to have a slave. She stated I was her slave.” At the age of 18, with her battle-fatigued mind, God and Dannette sat down to talk. She asked God, "How do I live with everything inside me blasted and bombed to bits, with my heart, the land and even the sky inside me covered in nuclear dust?” Dannette explains her life goals, “There are children and adults living on battlefields of war, being attacked by the people around them. Attacking themselves. I don't want them to be on the battlefields alone. The sorrow could kill all that is living and capable of loving inside them, as it almost did me.” Today, Dannette is seeking to gather a collection of tools, resources, and advocacy that restores the human spirit devastated by violence and violation back to its full range of vibrancy, vitality, of possibility and potential. “It is God's passion and fire that saved me, that kept me alive," she says. "As an adult survivor of child abuse, it is my dream, my vision, my life mission to give nurture to the community of children experiencing child abuse, neglect, abandonment and violation .. and to [serve] the community of adult survivors of child abuse."
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Special guest Andrew Pari
Friday
05/22/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Andrew Pari, LCSW, from the Antelope Valley area of Los Angeles, a returning NAASCA family member who is the founder and Executive Director of Sexual Assault Awareness. Called the ‘nation’s leading authority on the arousal mechanism in sexualized violence,’ Andrew is a psychotherapist with over 20 years' experience treating survivors of sexual abuse and assault, including CSEC and sex workers. "I've done a number of law enforcement/military trainings, along with conferences since we last spoke," Andrew reports, "I speak and train nationally on the experience of arousal during rape/sexual abuse and how that affects survivors." Andrew explains, "What brought me to my work and research was an interaction I had years ago with a colleague who denied sexual abuse/assault when a person experienced arousal during the event." Pursuing the literature and research to see what was out there, he found it was quite common for survivors to delay recovery due to feelings of shame or guilt, and a sense of self-responsibility for childhood sexual assaults. Children are helpless, innocent, and powerless against predators. The 'responsibility' belongs to the predators .. not the child. Andrew shares, "I had assumed this was common knowledge in the field. I have since learned that there is still so much to do in basic education on arousal for survivors. It's an area of great pain, great damage, and great danger for those who don't address it in treatment."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
05/21/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Anne Marie Byzuk
Wednesday
05/20/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Anne-Marie Rose Byzuk from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of many. As Anne-Marie relates, “I have suffered physical abuse, sexual abuse, and mental abuse ever since I could remember, from my mother to her boyfriends to my stepdad. My stepfather started out by resenting my mother for choosing the party life over her children. That’s when things escalated. He was not my only abuser; my first abuser was a babysitter. My stepdad’s friend, I remember visiting the police station. But my mother’s party life led me to meet five or more men who either sexually assaulted me or I had to watch them abuse her. The hardest part about abuse is people not believing you, people denying your truths. Today I am in a healthy relationship of 3 years with 3 fur children: a hamster, a dog, and a cat. But I still have to take each day in stride. I suffer from depression, social anxiety, bpd. I have shut myself off for too long and it’s time I start dealing with my trauma. I try to utilize apps and childhood abuse recovery meetings.” Anne-Marie is a consistent participant on NAASCA's new daytime Recovery Meeting series on ZOOM, and is joining us on the radio show for the first time. As she shares, “For more in-depth type of healing and support, I turn to the NAASCA ZOOM meetings 3 days a week. We’ve become a family; they’ve become a part of my weekly routine. I cannot thank the NAASCA founders enough for this opportunity.” Welcome, Anne-Marie!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
05/19/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Lang Martinez
Monday
05/18/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lang Martinez from Oxnard, California, a survivor of sexual abuse as a 17 year old boy and a recovering addict who has lived a life of trauma with deep socio-emotional experiences. Now he's a 55 year old homeless advocate in Ventura County, just north of Los Angeles. Lang has struggled in his life with homelessness and incarceration, trying to seek meaning while hampered by a dysfunctional upbringing. Today, Lang is clean and sober. His homelessness ended when he made a personal commitment to seek a relationship with God and a promise to atone for his past transgressions and it is also where Lang’s life becomes interesting. In the Spring of 2019, Lang started appearing publicly, speaking during Oxnard City Council meetings and making it known to City officials that he wanted to help the homeless of Oxnard. As an advocate for homelessness, Lang has built a reputation for not being satisfied and that more resources to address addiction and mental health sit at the core of homeless solutions. In fact, Lang has tried to understand the bureaucracy associated with government funding and programs to serve the homeless but does not have the patience to wait when he sees people suffering on the streets. Lang is currently in the process of writing his autobiography “Nobody Knows But Me”, which accounts for his life on the streets and being incarcerated, which was induced by being raped as a teenager. He is on a journey to not only recover a life lost to addiction and crime, but he is also on a spiritual quest to restore his identity through his advocacy and his personal dignity through true love and respect for his fellow man.
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Special guest Danny Jackson
Friday
05/15/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Danny Jackson from Orlando, Florida, a professional, the Senior Hypnotherapist at the Orlando Hypnosis Clinic. In his work, Danny helps people every day through the feelings of abuse or neglect that they experienced as children .. issues that are interfering with, and in some cases, destroying their lives today. "It's truly rewarding work," Danny says. “I had been working with clients as a substance abuse counselor for years, and after that amount of time it was becoming disheartening to see clients I had worked with for months and months in group sessions, individual & family counseling sessions returning 8 – 18 months later to go through these programs again! That started the process of looking for a solution that worked more effectively, which is what brought me to doing the work I’m doing today. As a Certified Hypnotist / Hypnotherapist, Counselor, and EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) practitioner, I have spent the majority of the past 15 years working with clients suffering from addiction and dependence on a variety of substances of abuse. I have had the good fortune to work with several Mental Health Professionals over the years, and to help their clients through hypnosis & hypnotherapy in areas as diverse as Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, ADD / ADHD, and Schizophrenia to name a few. The most significant praise I receive comes from the clients themselves once they experience freedom from the negative thoughts and emotions they have been battling for years, sometimes decades.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
05/14/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Pennie Saum
Wednesday
05/13/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Pennie Saum from Puyallup, Washington, a returning NAASCA family member and a survivor of sexual and emotional abuse from infancy to 18 years old. She now runs the new non profit organization Brave and Unbroken. Her perpetrator was her biological father. Sneaking into her room at night when everyone else in the house was asleep, threatening and violent, he had total control over Pennie’s life. She says, "There were many days I would contemplate, 'Why me?' Well it wasn't just me. He was abusing others as well, my brother, my mother and a couple of my cousins. He played games." She goes on, "Now my life is no longer controlled by him. I just want to share that you can have a life too. There are days when it is still so fresh and painful and overwhelming. Times when I wish I could go back and get some of my childhood back. Then there are many other days that are just normal everyday days. My life has involved a lot of hard work. I want you to know you are valuable, you are worthy of a good life and you aren't to blame!” Pennie was pivotal in the federal bill, Child Abuse Accountability Enhancement Act, being passed into federal law. She has also been an advocate and player in changing the statute of limitations laws in Washington State regarding sexual assault. She states, “I am advocate and change maker, but most of all a voice seeker. I want voices of the abused to continue to get louder and more and I want to change the way the world looks at child sexual abuse and abusers – time for eyes to be wide open.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
05/12/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a childhood of sexual abuse', was published in July. "I am passionate about telling my story." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Valerie Slininger
Monday
05/11/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Valerie Slininger (Val) from Point Pleasant, New Jersey, a survivor of emotional and psychological abuse/neglect and from it developed CPTSD. She's at a place in her healing where she wants to share her story because her mom just passed. "I am the daughter of a sexual abuse survivor who suffered her entire life with unresolved trauma," Val says. "She was an angry, broken woman, who entered into her marriage with no tools for survival. She and my father had a volatile marriage, and my mother screamed and yelled, and put pressure on me to be her happiness, but was never satisfied with me in any way. She took her anger out on me, not so much in a physically abusive way, but what I now understand was emotionally abusive. I left home in trauma myself, as my parents separated for the last time when I was 18. I jumped into marriage at 21, had babies at 22, 24, 26 and 27, and then became chronically ill." She goes on, "I suffered with anxiety and depression all of my adult life, and then finally 2 1/2 years ago became nearly suicidal. I was blessed to enter into a therapeutic relationship 2 years ago." Val concludes, “I have been working hard with my therapist to face and deal with those things that have caused the initial trauma. I am learning tools to manage the triggering and I am well on the path of my healing journey. My mother never found healing. I chose to bring her into my home for hospice and became her primary caregiver. It was the hardest thing I have ever done, because it was such a toxic relationship, but I felt necessary for me to do. I am processing a very complicated grief now, and am thankful to have had the strength to endure. God is the source of my strength, and is my hope for complete healing.”
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Special guest Malisia McKinney
Friday
05/08/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Malisia (Mia) McKinney from Daytona Beach, Florida, a returning NAASCA family member who's back to talk about her recent life and work. Mia is a child abuse survivor of physical and sexual abuse and poisoning who advocates for other survivors through her writing. She recently authored a 12 Step Work Book for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, certainly one valid approach to healing. She's also the CEO and Co-Founder at Advocate Alliance. Mia kept the secrets of her abuse hidden until the age of 34. "My mother used to say to me, 'If you tell anyone they will take you away and kill you. They will believe you’re evil and (you) made me do it!' I grew up thinking people would hate me if I told." Since disclosing her abuse Mia shares, "When we hold the secrets of abuse it pours out in many aspects of our lives." Now she encourages other survivors to find a healthy support system where it is possible to disclose and discuss abuse and recovery. “Telling is healing,” she states. “It's so important to have our pain validated because for so long we had to pretend it wasn't happening to survive." She goes on, "Remember, you are not alone. There is a group of courageous men and women survivors on the same journey who will gladly take your hand and lead you out of that cage. We spent our childhood carrying someone else's secrets and lies, but as adults we can unpack what doesn't belong to us and embrace life on our terms without fear." Tonight Mia wants to address issues of victim blaming and the effects it has on the victim .. the obstacles it puts in front of them, making it more difficult to heal.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
05/07/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Cathy Brochu
Wednesday
05/06/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Cathy Brochu from Jamesville, New York, who says "My personal background as it relates to Child Abuse would be as a survivor of 13 years of incest, a survivor of family violence and as a survivor of sexual assault from non-family members." Above all, Cathy has evolved, moving from victim to survivor to advocate. She has years of experience as an individual involved with the Family Court System (as a young child) and then as a Caseworker for children who were sexually, physically, and psychologically abused by a parent, parents, and caretakers. She has heard the endless stories and cries for help from young, old, male and female. Working directly with victims, perpetrators and families, Cathy has been recognized by some as a 'trail blazer', and has authored three books related to incest, sexual assault, and family violence, "Lost Innocence", "New Beginnings", and "Beyond Survival". She hopes to enlighten, educate, and empower individuals, families and communities to work toward a healthier, happier future for the children and families of tomorrow. Cathy appreciates each and every day. She realizes that she could have been a statistic rather than a person. In this regard, she celebrates beating the odds and is actively making a difference in the lives of others.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Carlotta Taylor, Foster Care / Law Enforcement
Tuesday
05/05/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Carlotta Taylor from Clinton, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse by her own family and in foster care. After searching for her purpose for years, she learned it was to share her story and inspire others who may be going through what she endured. In her debut book, 'No More Flinching', Carlotta outlines five key steps to overcoming adversity. A former homicide detective, child protection detective, and former federal officer, with over 15 years law enforcement experience, she knew she had to use her knowledge and wisdom to effect greater change in and around the community. She's the founder of 'Somebody Step In', a non-profit for foster children, teens and young adults. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Tim Lennon
Monday
05/04/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Tim Lennon from Tucson, Arizona, the President of the Board Of Directors at SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). Tim shares, "I was one of twelve children who grew up in an Irish Catholic neighborhood and went to Catholic school for twelve years. The priest who raped me was an occasional visitor to my home. He was also a teacher at my elementary school and track team coach." The rape happened at home and was violent and life threatening. Tim shares, “I am lucky to be here. At the time I don’t think the rapist cared whether I lived or died. The sexual abuse ended only because the predator was caught by a parent and sent to another parish.” Later, Tim contacted the leader of a SNAP support group in East Bay, saying “Terrie Light was a life safer–I will never forget her support.” When Tim had twin daughters, he dropped out of the SNAP support group. However, when his daughters were 12 years old, it evoked memories of the violent rape when he was the same age. Tim was devastated, as all the memories of the rape emerged and hit him hard, as Tim shares, “I suffered months of all the symptoms of PTSD, depression, anxiety, nightmares, and months of crying. I immediately got re-engaged with SNAP and co-led a support group in San Francisco.” Tim later retired and volunteered with SNAP, as a victim support person for those contacting the website SNAPnetwork.org. Tim states, “When I was sexually abused when I was twelve, I froze. Now, I can fight back. What happened to me should not happen to another child.”
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2390

Special guest Alicia Mo'Batti
Friday
05/01/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Alicia Mo'Batti from Sacramento, California, a child abuse survivor who suffered at the hands of her own father. There was intense family dysfunction and mental, emotional, verbal, physical and sexual abuse in the family dynamics. "I didn't think I would survive," Alicia says. She suffered suicidal ideations and attempts until she came to realize her life was never her own. "I survived to be a bridge for others to cross from death to life. That is why I do the work." Alicia is a Rape Crisis Peer Advocate, Domestic Violence Case Manager, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Poet, Motivational Speaker, Life Struggles Counselor, Owner of Purple Eye Publishing, and a Self-Published Author. She is writing a 4-part series titled ‘Earth Angel,’ from the nickname the character gives herself by believing she was put on this Earth only to help people through their life struggles. She felt that she went through her abuse so that she could understand and help others; to rise above the insidious cancer that infests, breaks, and kills the spirit of any human being that has to endure relentless toxic dysfunction. In this story, she is an adult with the task of flying her father, her abuser, home to California so he can be laid to rest after being given a diagnosis of lung cancer with three months left to live. This painstaking assignment changes Alicia from a confused child of domestic violence that is harboring pain from her past, to an Earth Angel of unconditional Love. Earthly life lessons turn her into a spiritual sister Warrior pulling other Souls from Death to Life. Walk through the fire with Earth Angel’s life struggles.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder - 12 Step Recovery
Thursday
04/30/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host is Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Tracey Maxfield
Wednesday
04/29/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Tracey Maxfield, RN, from British Columbia, Canada, who says she's had a very interesting life story including childhood abuse, clinical depression, workplace bullying and suicide attempts. 'Escaping the Rabbit Hole: my journey through depression' is her first book and has received international rave reviews. "In a nutshell, I’ve been to hell and made it out alive," she explains. "I can show that despite experiencing horrific child abuse, you can have a good life. I can show that even after falling down the rabbit hole, you can heal and move forward on a new life journey that is better than you could imagine." She experienced her first episode of clinical depression in her twenties, and has lived with chronic depression ever since. However, nothing prepared her for the acute depressive episode she experienced in 2015. After enduring years of intense work place stress, harassment and bullying, she plummeted into an abyss of darkness, hopelessness and despair the likes of which she had never experienced before. Encouraged to write by a psychologist, Tracey began to heal and found that out of the darkness and despair, there is hope, there is life after depression. She has become a staunch advocate for Mental Illness and Mental Health Awareness and Bullying. She has met with teenagers aged 11 to 15 years to talk about bullying and mental illness. Tracey has made a commitment to make a difference in the world. Her philosophy is to Engage children and teenagers, to Educate them about mental illness and bullying and to Empower them to develop confidence and skills to continue to move ahead in their own life journey.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
04/28/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Angela Hyman
Monday
04/27/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Angela Hyman from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Angela is joining us for the first time and is a survivor of childhood incest. She was adopted by her paternal grandparents, grew up on a working farm in very rural South Carolina. As a young child, she was very loved and protected, until her grandmother became ill when Angela was 11. Angela went to live with her much older, married sister who lived in New Jersey. She was sexually abused for about 4 years by her sister’s husband, who was also a police officer. “I never told a soul, not one, nobody,” Angela says. "I KNEW if my grandfather ever found out someone was going to die, and I wasn't so sure it was going the be 'the bad guy'. I did the almost typical stuff: I began acting out, ran away from home, began drinking, drugging, etc. Married at 19, for 12 years, divorced since 1989 and even he never knew. Of course, I avoided addressing it until everything fell apart in my marriage and my little world. This thing that had happened, that I had no control over, had affected every area of my life, every relationship, work, personal, family, etc., and now it just wouldn't stop. Binge drinking, lost job, in middle of big, messy, nasty divorce.” Angela had been attending AA meetings before she moved to South Florida. The first time she ever talked about 'it' was working the steps with an AA sponsor. Angela saw MANY counselors but would always stop after 1 or 2 sessions, until she finally connected with two counselors: the first for almost 1.5 years before she moved, and the last counselor for over 8 years. Angela admits her “life has been a roller coaster. Probably still need a LOT more [counseling] too, in all reality.”
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Special guest Clark Fredricks
Friday
04/24/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Clark Fredericks from Vernon, New Jersey, a child sex abuse survivor who suffered for years at the hands of his former Boy Scout leader, a Lt. in the local Sheriff’s Dept. Manipulated and taken advantage of both physically and emotionally for years, Clark suffered unimaginable pain for over 30 years of his life. Never wanting to feel trapped again, Clark sabotaged careers and what could have been loving relationships. He used drugs, gambling and alcohol as substitutes for healthy coping mechanisms. Then, by chance, he ran into his predator, accompanied by a young boy at his side. This chance encounter re-opened all of Clark’s repressed pain, and a confrontation later led to a struggle, and the struggle resulted in the man’s death. While Clark spent years in prison, contemplating suicide as a way out, he looked to a power greater than himself for an answer. That answer came, providing a path which would change his life forever. Clark has spent his post prison years on a mission to help others in hopes that abuse survivors and those dealing with addiction can avoid similar peril and pain. He has been instrumental as an advocate in changing the Statute of Limitations law in New Jersey for victims of sexual abuse. Clark conveys hope and healing to a multi-faceted audience. Many have discovered a road to move forward with inspiration and positivity, knowing they are not alone with the secrets of shame and horror from abuse. He speaks to groups of all kinds with the goal of helping other victims move out of the darkness of abuse and into the light of healing.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Felicia Reed, Trauma Informed Life Coach
Thursday
04/23/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Felicia L Reed, a trauma-informed Recovery Coach who suffered the entire spectrum of abuses from the age of 5 to 51. That was the point when she started a healing and recovery process. Learning about and using coaching and self-healing techniques saved her life. Felicia founded Put It In Perspective where she currently works to teach these tools to groups and individuals. In addition, she has worked in community service programs as a key volunteer and activist for youth and women, and serves on cyber awareness forums that promote online safety. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Tanya Cooper
Wednesday
04/22/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Tanya Cooper from New York State, a child abuse survivor. Tanya’s life in foster care began at five, due to her birth mother’s addiction and neglect. Eventually she was separated from all but one of her siblings. While in care, she survived being sexually abused by two foster brothers. Aging out of the foster care system at 18, with no family and place to go, Tanya signed herself back in until age 21. Her book, ‘Surviving Foster Care & Making It Work for You,’ is a self-help book giving foster kids tips on getting through the system. Being a fighter, and working against all odds, she's worked with children for over 2 decades, and has, among many other things, become a motivational speaker and a podcast talk show host. Her life mission is to change the lives of children by teaching youth and telling them to 'take charge of their lives' saying, "You are your only hero!” Tanya has over 14 years of experience working with youth as a clinician, and over 22 years as a youth counselor and teacher throughout various communities. “My goal is to change the attitude & face of kids in foster care, one kid at a time and teach them to go back and help others in care.” She founded 'Foster Kids Unite', which provides nontraditional services for aged-out and foster youth in college and trade school. Created to honor the memory of her birth brother who died at 41 of heart disease, Foster Kids Unite provides gift boxes during December finals, scholarships, and mentoring. Currently Tanya travels the country as a motivational speaker encouraging foster kids to rise above adversity.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
04/21/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Sylvie Bouldin
Monday
04/20/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sylvie Bouldin from Las Vegas, Nevada, a child abuse and domestic violence survivor who describes herself as “a 68-year-old six-time winner! Recovering alcoholic/addict, Co-alcoholic, Adult Child of an Alcoholic, Profound Child Abuse Survivor, Profound Domestic Violence Survivor and recently diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. After surviving child abuse, I became what my father called me, ‘The Scum of the Earth’ and spent my twenties with eating disorder after anorexia, after bulimia, a heroin addict, a speed freak, a prostitute, there were suicide attempts, the men who used and beat me, there was the despair - the depression - the hopelessness - the Hepatitis C. That's when I found AA and the first real stability of my life. After 20 years of sobriety I met and married who was to me the most violent man I have ever, and to this day, met. I thought it was about love, but … he started beating me black, blue, green and purple and terrorizing me! It took Herculean effort to 'escape' from him - with very little help! - but I did. This was followed by years and years of isolation, bitterness and a raging addiction to marijuana … My spiritual awakening in November of 2018 has been Life - Heart - and Soul transforming. I now truly KNOW why I'm here on this Earth! I am a self-proclaimed Warrior for gender and racial equity and for the protection of children. For ANYTHING CORRUPT that crosses my path! I am here to turn all of my pain into service!” Sylvie is writing a book, 'Why I'm Here!' (on the Planet), which she calls "a gut-wrenching, transparent documentation of the childhood abuse and neglect that I experienced." Sylvie says, "I have been 'kissed by God' to have had a most profound spiritual awakening and would like to share my experience, strength and hope to suffering callers."
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Special guest Mike Tikkanen
Friday
04/17/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Mike Tikkanen from Hopkins, Minnesota, a returning NAASCA family member, founder and President of KARA (Kids at Risk Action), a non-profit action tank that supports the people, policies, and programs that improve the lives of at-risk children. Mike has an exciting new project he'd like to talk about tonight, Public Service Announcements (PSAs) drawing attention to how the COVID19 pandemic is impacting abused and neglected children. NAASCA has offered to partner with him in this effort! Mike is unapologetically and passionately committed to improving the lives of at-risk children. We recommend his book, 'Invisible Children', an uncomfortably close look at the American cycle of abuse and its cost. Mike explains, "The need for civic involvement of young future community leaders is the solution to America’s 'At Risk Youth' problem." Mike speaks of social and political child protection problems at local and national venues and has been the keynote speaker at business, community, and religious organizations. He lead a workshop at the UN in New York addressing the rights of children. Since 1996, he’s volunteered in the Guardian Ad-Litem program as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and has worked with many 'Invisible Children' who are part of the CPS system. Mike is passionate about improving the treatment of abused and neglected children. Contact him at: Mike@Invisiblechildren.org
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
04/16/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest David Brown
Wednesday
04/15/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is David J Brown from Duluth, Minnesota, an abuse survivor and returning NAASCA family member who's the author of a two novels. The first novel, 'Daddy Had To Say Goodbye', written in the third person, is based on a true accounting of David's life story. "I've now released my second novel," he writes. 'Flesh Of A Fraud' is a continuation, and both books are about a severely beaten child who grows up to become a bully. David was the 2nd of 4 boys. "My dad was a blue color union man. Mother was a stay at home drug addict. I had to repeat the 1st and 2nd grades. The Duluth school district classified me as retarded. My parents placed me in parochial school to avoid the stigma of having a retarded kid." The beatings stopped when David was was ten, when his father got sober. He still couldn't trust his parents. "I was always scared that they were going to kill me. I knew that if I told anyone about it I would get beaten even worse. Teachers didn't dare to ask or want to know what happened to my face." David's two novels are based on his own true story. The character is a severely broken man who hides his mental illness but develops PTSD from his work as a Paramedic and a Police Officer. He suffers lifelong depression and alcoholism, and faces suicide. Thinking that the pain of living had to be worse than the pain of dying is a constant .. surrender is his only hope. David himself is better now and reports he's, "been sober for over 25 years thru the grace of God and the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Lori Golden, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
04/14/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host be Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive." Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. Her book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a childhood of sexual abuse', was published in July. "I am passionate about telling my story." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Darlene Clark
Monday
04/13/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Darlene J Clark from Pulaski, Tennessee, a returning NAASCA family member. She's a survivor of severe child abuse and author of 'Born In A Living Hell,' about her tortuous childhood. She relates, “I was abused, basically since birth. As a child, I had believed everyone gets abused during growing up." She explains, "From the army line-up being whipped either with a switch, belt or whip to being shot at in my dad's crazy game of hide and go seek, and worrying about whether this was going to be the day they murdered.” When sh was 4, her aunt grew tired of picking up the five kids (ages 2 through 6) repeatedly abandoned by their mother at a grocery store, so her mom and dad divorced. Her father remarried, as Darlene describes, “Dad met my stepmom who I loved because we have a meal every day, a bed to sleep in, instead of having to eat raw oatmeal from a box because both parents abandoned seven of us for a week. My stepmom later was crude. She would dip my nose in manure, drag me through the house by my hair, kick me in the rump while doing dishes, and held me down while her son raped me. I even got beaten for sneaking out to worship God.” Overhearing her stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother planning to kill her and make it look like suicide, Darlene married her boyfriend before the plan could be enacted. An online support group inspired her to write her book, because the others were unable to write their own. She would be telling their stories as she told her own. The book talks about just some of the events Darlene endured as a child to 18 years old. "There are a lot of other things which happened," she shares. "I am triumphant over the abuse, so now I share my story to help others."
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Special guest Shirley J Davis
Friday
04/10/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Shirley J Davis from Springfield, Illinois, a survivor of child abuse and a writer for blogs, magazines and websites. Shirley, a returning guest, is the survivor of severe and repeated childhood trauma that included physical, emotional and sexual abuse. "The abuse I endured began when I was a newborn and lasted until I was fifteen years old," she says. "There was [enough] severe neglect and torture involved that made it impossible for my mind to form a cohesive whole 'I'. Instead, I formed dissociative identity disorder, what was once known as multiple personality disorder." It is in this area, DID or Dissociative Identity Disorder, that is the subject of much of the material Shirley writes. "My ego states were kept separated at the developmental stage where they should have come together. So, when I am triggered, an ego state or alter is triggered to life," she explains. "It has taken me more than twenty-five years of arduous work in therapy to overcome the chaos that was my life." She goes on, "I have had six books published that are mental health related, and many children's books," she says. Shirley also contributes to a blog and provides motivational sayings for a smartphone application. "I now spend my time working with others in the DID community and writing to spread truthful information about dissociative identity disorder. My goal is simple, to help others who are struggling to live calm and fruitful lives." We're delighted she's doing so for our NAASCA family!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
04/09/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Rick Cosentino
Wednesday
04/08/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Rick Cosentino from New Hampshire, a returning NAASCA family member and a survivor of sexual assault, physical abuse and emotional trauma from an early age. Rick was raped while in foster care when he was 5 years old. Later, Rick's mother reunited the family and Rick tried put the horror he'd experienced out of his thoughts. He started using drugs at 12-13, burning himself at 14, and left home at 16. He became a "tough guy" fighting to prove he was a man. Rick explains, "I walked thru life angry and hateful. My ex kept asking me what's wrong. I finally told her, and she was disgusted and viewed me as less of a man. My marriage was over." Planning to use a gun to commit suicide, Rick says, "As I started to squeeze [the trigger] my mother came to me clear as a bell in my mind. She said she loved me, she said I was needed. I got angry again, only this time I was angry at the people who hurt me and couldn't let them win by me dying.” Rick felt the first time telling the world his story was freeing; he felt whole for the first time in his life. Last year, his sister heard the radio show and was angry because she said Rick was telling HER story. Although they never talked about abuse, his sister was disgusted with Rick, and they haven’t spoken in a year. Recently, Rick tried to tell his second wife, but she replied that if he didn’t like it there, he could leave. Rick relates, "This time it's totally different. I'm not low, I have no interest in 'dancing with a gun'. I knew I could be a service to others who are living like I did. I'm alive, I'm living proud with no shame and so can they. I'm stronger today. I know I'm in an elite group. I am a SURVIVOR!!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Carlotta Taylor, Foster Care / Law Enforcement
Tuesday
04/07/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Carlotta Taylor from Clinton, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse by her own family and in foster care. After searching for her purpose for years, she learned it was to share her story and inspire others who may be going through what she endured. In her debut book, 'No More Flinching', Carlotta outlines five key steps to overcoming adversity. A former homicide detective, child protection detective, and former federal officer, with over 15 years law enforcement experience, she knew she had to use her knowledge and wisdom to effect greater change in and around the community. She's the founder of 'Somebody Step In', a non-profit for foster children, teens and young adults. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Victoria Kelly
Monday
04/06/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Victoria Kelly from Minneapolis, Minnesota, a returning guest. She's a child abuse survivor and long-time NAASCA family member / volunteer. Victoria was abused almost from birth in nearly every way imaginable. She was sexually assaulted starting as a baby .. an experience that was repeated by numerous predators and perpetrators and went on and on. In addition her alcoholic father beat both Victoria and her mother. But Victoria thought that was simply what happened to a child and a woman when they happened to be living on the wrong side of the tracks. She became reclusive and withdrawn, and there was little justice meted out to any of Victoria's predators. Early on she began to disassociate, a condition that was later in life diagnosed as MPD (Multiple Personality Disorder), now known as DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder). Victoria eventually spent years going in and out of mental hospitals, where she actually was grateful. At least the staff was kind and helpful. "I went to a wonderful psychiatrist and she help me for 13 years with MPD / the ID." She began drinking at an early age but sobered up with help from a 12 step group. Her sexual promiscuity led her to numerous bad adult relationships. It took a long time to find the right therapist and path to recovery but now she's integrated and years ago things finally started to come together. Life's still not perfect but now she's active helping the struggling. Among other things, Victoria works to end domestic and sexual violence. She attends support groups, speaks out at rallies and conferences, supports police, volunteers at shelters, and works directly with women and children to get their basic needs filled: food shelter and clothing.
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Special guest Dale Hemming
Friday
04/03/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Dale Hemming, a returning NAASCA family member from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Among numerous other issues for Dale is the safety of our children and child abuse. Tonight he'll be sharing about his current billboard campaign that features images and messages concerning Child Abuse Awareness month (in April). Dale leads the effort at Sioux Falls Free Thinkers where the motto is 'Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent!' The web site says, ".. all those with open minds are welcome. 'Free Thinkers' are those that want a world without rules and controls on thought, without mental borders and boundaries. A world where anything is possible." Dale, now in his 70s, became a feminist in 1960 while he was in high school. In college he went further. "I was a campus radical and civil rights activist fighting against the Vietnam War, racism, and for women's rights and gay/lesbian rights," Dale explains. "If one looks at the appalling statistics and facts on child abuse you will understand my involvement in the issue," Dale says. He's addressing these issues head on, and at his own expense. "I believe we need to stop hiding the ugliness of child physical and sexual abuse." His billboard images and wording are as explicit as freedom of speech allows. Dale has appeared on our show many times, always sharing about the terrific work he's doing for his home town. One of our most dedicated volunteer contributors, there's no question Dale is one of our NAASCA family's true heroes !!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
04/02/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Bobby Hyde
Wednesday
04/01/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Bobby Hyde from Miami, Florida, a long-time and well-known regular participant on the "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio shows. This is the first time Bobby will tell his story on his own 'special guest' episode. Growing up in the Boston area, he experienced a significant sense of being alone, neglected, and emotionally kept at bay from his family. He was attached to his grandmother who moved away when Bobby was 12, and to her house (Bobby still visits three times a year), and to Delia, the housekeeper, nurse, maid, and cook who lived with the family for 5 years before passing in 1957. Bobby relates, “My father came home at 5:30 pm. It seems to me he had a great lunch. The browbeating, insulting, glib, disregarding, he levied on us because 'he wanted to eat' was not because of hunger. It was contempt .. gloom and doom.” Bobby talks of “covert, inherent abuse in the person of my father.” Delia was home alone all day every day with no food in the house, and Bobby’s father only gave her a little meat as she sat away from the table at dinner. Bobby says, “I only knew my mother never was home. She shopped at day's end to bring groceries home. Ms. Delia just faded away.” Bobby is now a member of the NAASCA family! He helps the homeless, the downtrodden, the public safety community, in 12 Step groups, and other remarkable service. Hearing there was a shortage of surgical and medical masks, his latest endeavor is sewing them himself, to be used in his local medical community. He offers us the patten, for any others that may be so inclined. An observant Jew, and an active member of his synagogue, you never know where Bobby might pop up!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder - 12 Step Recovery
Tuesday
03/31/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host is Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Lisa Zarcone
Monday
03/30/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lisa Zarcone from Springfield, Massachusetts, a returning NAASCA family member and the NAASCA Ambassador for her state. A child abuse survivor and activist, she's the author of "The Unspoken Truth, A Memoir." Her book is about childhood neglect and abuse at the hands of my severely mentally ill mother and others. Lisa says, "I wrote my story to promote awareness for mental health issues, child safety and to bring a voice to so many who have the same unspoken truth as myself." She uses three words to describe her childhood experiences: horrific, disgusting and hideous. Her home life left a lot to be desired. "My mother would bring all types of strange people into our home, which set me up as prey." Lisa buried the abuse deep inside herself for years. "I fought daily battles with myself to get beyond it. I was still battling my mother daily as I was growing into womanhood." Eventually she married and had children of her own. "I had severe panic attacks, flashbacks and depression. I thought I was crazy and terrified of being like my mother." Lisa says, "I found an incredible therapist who helped me bring my deep dark secrets to the light of day and release them. I had to face my husband and share things with him that he never knew about me after ten years of being together. It was a long painful journey." Then Lisa's father died, which brought up flashbacks. But her therapist explained she was not crazy. She was suffering PTSD. "I had to then jump back into my past and deal with more buried memories, which brought me to deciding to write my book."
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Special guest Charles (Chuck) Prinzen
Friday
03/27/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Charles (Chuck) Prinzen from Fairfield, California, a returning NAASCA Ambassador to California. A survivor and activist, Chuck (aka Coach Chuck) is an educator and the Founder of 'Me Inc Now' Consulting (Me Expressing I Need Change NOW Consulting). This program focuses on bringing awareness and working with young adults to change negative cycles passed down from generations before. Chuck says he survived 'cycles of life' and his story of abuse is one of torment, pain, feelings of loneliness and despair. " They say that hindsight is twenty-twenty; mine was not, it was blurry." He goes on, "The first step to seeing the past clearly was when a kindhearted gift of love was given to me by a stranger." Chuck's principal goal is to help instill self-worth, self-esteem, and self-respect in today’s youth, toward achieving a brighter future by incorporating cultural change through lessons of the past, to bridge the ever-growing generation gap. Change is built upon a foundation of communication, listening, and love. Chuck is committed to inspiring positive thoughts and breaking cycles of anger and resentment that prevent young individuals from being the best version of themselves. "I am thankful for learning that 'love' is most the powerful tool in my emotional toolbox," Chuck writes, "no more sorrow and loneliness, no more bruises, no more pain, no more fear." Chuck was the keynote speaker for Los Angeles and Vacaville Unified School Districts, an emcee at the Power of We Symposium in Atlanta, and most recently a top 25 finalist in the inaugural season of the Next Impactor.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Felicia Reed, Trauma Informed Life Coach
Thursday
03/26/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Felicia L Reed, a trauma-informed Recovery Coach who suffered the entire spectrum of abuses from the age of 5 to 51. That was the point when she started a healing and recovery process. Learning about and using coaching and self-healing techniques saved her life. Felicia founded Put It In Perspective where she currently works to teach these tools to groups and individuals. In addition, she has worked in community service programs as a key volunteer and activist for youth and women, and serves on cyber awareness forums that promote online safety. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Laurie Ann Smith
Wednesday
03/25/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Laurie Ann Smith from Alberta, Calgary, Canada, a long time NAASCA family member who's returning to the show after several years. She's always welcome and now serves as NAASCA's Alberta AmbassadorLaurie has written several books, including “One Child Abuse Survivor 2 Another: The Journey,” the true story of her personal healing journey and memoirs through “talk therapy” on Internet radio, exposing the truth of growing up abused, child sexual abuse, incest, rape, sodomy, and traumatic memories. Laurie Ann also shares her process on her own BlogTalkRadio show. Hers is a story not only of pain, but of healing, of revelation, and of her determination to claim victory over the nightmares that consumed her since childhood. Laurie Ann works with many advocates around the globe, speaking out against child abuse. She encourages others to take a stand on the issues surrounding child sexual abuse, by emphasizing the need to break the silence. She regularly speaks on Internet radio programs, telling her story and helping break the chains of shame and guilt many survivors of abuse suffer with day to day. Laurie Ann’s mission is to continue writing and speaking publicly, to be “one more voice” to add to those voices who are making a difference. She shares what she’s been doing to keep herself going in a positive direction, including her coping skills for pulling herself out of a funk. Laurie Ann encourages all of us to just keep holding on – one day at a time.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
03/24/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Pamela Olson
Monday
03/23/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Pamela Olson from Sacramento, California, a Therapist and Activist who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and trafficking. Pamela was molested and raped from age 3 to 17 by an uncle. She disclosed the abuse to her parents but they told her she was “a whore and more then likely 'made it happen.'” Pamela's parents divorced when she was 12 after which her mother struggled financially and she was then sex-trafficked from age 14-16 by her mother. Pamela's husband was the first person she disclosed to actually helped her, and their relationship has been a huge factor in healing from her traumatic childhood. She recently founded SaveOurChildrenCA (SOC), an organization aimed at dismantling and overriding the current governmental systems and laws that “interfere with the family unit” (i.e. CPS, public schools, FDA, CDC, medical fields), and supporting parents with legal funds to fight “false claims of abuse” made against them. SOC aims to educate the public about “child trafficking, CPS abuses, family law court abuses, medical kidnapping and pedo-sadism” and to work with legislators to create bills to protect children but also “will uphold our constitutional rights and freedoms.” "I was a victim, turned survivor," she says. "I wanted to go after sex child trafficking first. God had other plans. Through CPS and FCP Group homes I've discovered child trafficking, severe abuses and neglect." Pamela recently said of sharing her story that, since starting SOC, “.. I've not talked about my own experience with sex abuse out loud into the mainstream alt media. Perhaps speaking aloud to it will help many understand why I advocate on the all the topics I do?”
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Special guest Lori Golden
Friday
03/20/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Lori Golden from San Diego, California, a survivor and a private psychotherapist working with other trauma and abuse survivors. Lori shares, “I am a survivor of incest. My father sexually abused me from the age of 5 to 16. When the sun went down, I was filled with terror, hypervigilance, and waiting. Everything in my room came alive. I believed a large ape lived under the bannister in the hallway – dissociating my father’s evilness. When I got older it became a man in the attic. Darkness was awful, filled with lurking shadows, and evilness. Nothing felt safe. My mother lived in denial, I never trusted her and I lived alone behind a wall of secrecy and shame.” Lori started using drugs in college at 18 and covered her worthlessness, aloneness and increasing desperation with bulimic exercising, food addiction and drugs, culminating in a suicide attempt at 27. "I am an incest survivor, an addict in Narcotics Anonymous for 33 years as well as Food Addicts Anonymous for 30", she tells us. "My book, 'My House Of Lies; Awakening from a childhood of sexual abuse', was published in July. I am passionate about telling my story." Today, Lori has a full-time private practice which she considers a gift, since she gets to work with other abuse and trauma survivors. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Society of Addiction Professionals. Lori now thrives, feels free, courageous and passionate. She is willing now “to go to any lengths” on her own behalf.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
03/19/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Caroline Rena
Wednesday
03/18/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Caroline Rena, a child abuse survivor and Energy Healing Practitioner and Life Leadership / Spiritual Coach from Lake Worth, Florida. Her mother was bi-polar, narcissistic and verbally abusive, and shamed her to the point of not feeling good enough and her father was domineering. Her father was very domineering and emotionally unavailable. "I have always been a sensitive being which made it that much more difficult." She goes on, "What I have found is that it doesn't matter how big or small the abuse or trauma is, we are affected by it, especially if we are sensitive emotionally and spiritually." Caroline tells us her mission is to facilitate emotional and spiritual healing, advocacy, growth and connection to those parents, children, and extended family members experiencing High Conflict Divorce / Alienation. Caroline says, "I believe in working for healing and change, not fighting against the problem." Caroline will be joined by her partner, Noel Neu, MS, LMHC, a licensed psychotherapist in the state of Florida, to talk of their new effort: “Indivinity - Healing Medicine Music with Caroline Rena and Noel Neu.” They combine a way of healing that includes psychotherapy, coaching, and energy healing songwriting workshops. Indivinity involves playing Healing Medicine Music and doing community events, with original songs written for connection to help heal ourselves and others. Reminiscent of the 70’s type folk rock/folk soul music, the notes dive deeply into the body and connect with our cells. The vibration of peaceful, loving songs is what heals with words that speak of peace, joy, love, connection, etc.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
03/17/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Robin Marvel
Monday
03/16/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Robin Marvel from Grand Rapids, Michigan, a survivor and an author, and is a returning NAASCA family member. Please see RobinMarvel.webs.com for all she does! "Every night of my childhood was the same story of my parent's meeting up at a bar, an event that would result in my dad following my mom home," she explains, "then provoking the fight that would carry on throughout the night." Robin’s childhood was peppered with domestic, drug, emotional and mental abuse. She can recall multiple parental kidnappings, experienced homelessness more than once and could recount stories of the effects of drug abuse for hours. As a teenager, Robin had no sense of self-worth or self-love. To compensate, she turned to alcohol and partying. She was sexually assaulted by a male friend and chose to take part in his prosecution. The reality check she needed came with becoming a mother at 16. Upon learning she was having a girl Robin made the decision that they would not be a statistic. It's important to Robin that she is always a great role model by living with self-respect and determination. She refused to repeat the cycle, as she relates, “I have turned the unfortunate circumstances I experienced as a child into a method of encouraging others, aiding those in need in the pursuit of finding confidence and strength. My passion lies in reaching out to those who can relate and encouraging them to heal from the inside out. These days, I have ditched the wounded persona and traded it up for the life of a multi-published author and presenter in the field of self-development. I use the medium of authorship and speaking to show others that they are not a product of their past.” Robin also offers Healing Childhood Trauma/PTSD online courses.
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Special Topic - A Retrospective and A Look Ahead
Friday
03/13/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's Special Topic: 'A Retrospective and A Look Ahead' ~~ Tonight will be a review of our talk shows and NAASCA mission .. and a look forward. Among other things, we'll be going to a format that will include an additional 'Special Guest' show each week .. which will give more opportunities for NAASCA family members to tell their stories! ~~ The all-volunteer National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse has a single purpose, to address issues of child abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect .. and we do so from two specific perspectives: (1) educating the public, especially as related to getting society over the taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse, presenting the facts that show child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone, and (2) offering hope for healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery. We seek to build a survivor / activist community, believing that together we can do what we can not do alone. Please visit our HIGHLIGHTS page to see all the things we do! ~~ Join Bill Murray, Carol D. Levine, Tammy Shoffstall, Debra Hunt, Charlie Stecker, Jo Calk and other NAASCA family members on these shows. We invite you to help us discuss the many issues surrounding child abuse and trauma on each of our episodes .. where community call-in participation is always welcome!!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
03/12/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Jan Bergstrom
Wednesday
03/11/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Jan Bergstrom, from Arlington, Massachusetts, a survivor and psychotherapist who has been working with developmental childhood and relational trauma for 20 years. When Jan was 4-1/2 years old, she found her mother passed-out on the bedroom floor, having overdosed shortly after giving birth to Jan’s baby brother. Her mother spent 6 months in a psychiatric hospital. On one of the many days her mother was away, Jan remembers sitting in the backseat of their car with her older brother as her father drove them to the store, when suddenly their car collided head-on with another vehicle. In the months that followed, Jan became parentless for a span of time that seemed like years. That trauma set the stage for a lifelong interest in the impacts of childhood trauma and sparked her passion for healing others. Jan has been a counselor and trainer in the field of codependency, developmental and relational trauma. She studied extensively with Pia Mellody, a pioneer in treating childhood trauma, and other therapy models. Jan is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, which uses a body-oriented approach for healing. In 2008, Jan created the Healing Trauma Network, a directory of therapists offering the work of Pia Mellody. In 2015, with Dr. Rick Butts, she created the Healing Our Core Issues Institute (HOCII), dedicated to teaching therapists a developmental and relational trauma model. Jan writes, "I just published a self-help book, 'Gifts from a Challenging Childhood; Creating a Practice for Becoming Your Healthiest Self', for those who want to start the healing process."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Linda Olson - Child Domestic Abuse (CDV) survivor - Clinical Psychologist
Tuesday
03/10/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Linda Olson, from Atlanta, GA. She grew up with childhood domestic violence (CDV) and, for over 30 years, has been a licensed clinical psychologist, and a CDV victims' advocate, specializing in helping women, children, couples, and families who witnessed domestic violence heal from anxiety, depression, and trauma. CDV, the impact experienced by children who grow up in a household where there is domestic violence, is a devastating crisis that affects one billion people around the globe and, at the same time, is an issue that is rarely mentioned by the news media. Be sure to check out her ProjectHopeBear.org! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Michelle Mays
Monday
03/09/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Michelle Mays from Marysville, Ohio, who's a child abuse survivor and an author. "In my first 12 years I suffered physical abuse, sexual abuse, bullying, severe starvation, lice infestation, ringworm," she says, "and horrific events that almost took my life many times, including, but not limited to, getting hit by a drunk driver." Michelle spent a month in the hospital, but her mother never visited. She lived in her car for a time while she was running from the law. "I am the only one of my siblings that also experienced this who has not been in prison." But eventually she was able to turn things around. She goes on, "I learned how to channel these nightmares into action and have become successful with a wonderful [foster] family and support system." Not deterred by a tough early life she wrote a book about the experience, the first of three that she plans. 'Dumpster Doll: The Early Years' is part one and is all about her early life, covering up to age 12. "I wrote my story to help others like me learn to do the same because I feel like if we learn to channel this trauma, we will be the strongest people on earth," she says. Through powerful vignettes of a life disjointed, Mays’s story is a journey of hope that is echoed in the experiences of thousands of children in the court and foster care systems today. 'Dumpster Doll' is brave not because it is unique, but because it unflinchingly shines a light on family turmoil, flaws in judicial systems, and ultimately, the grit and tenacity that thousands of children exhibit each day just to make it through."I am starting a foundation to help foster children that have aged out of the system since they enter adulthood with no support system as I did." Good for her! We welcome Michelle to the NAASCA family!
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Special guest Wylmina Hettinga
Friday
03/06/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Wylmina Hettinga from Morro Bay, California, a returning NAASCA family member who’s currently a house mom to a 23-year-old girl whose dad was an abuser and committed suicide. The girl is going to college in San Luis Obispo. Wylmina is also a house mom to a 17-year-old girl, for whom she'd been a foster parent, who was removed from her sister and adopted. "I took her sister out of an abusive foster home when she was 18," Wylmina explains. “Her sister is now employed and living on her own." Wylmina managed to find her 17-year-old a year ago. This child was being abused, living in a garage, had been wearing ankle bracelets, and was sent to girl's camps/farms. "She now lives with me and is attending high school trying to graduate on time," Wylmina continued. She's mom to 4 children but has limited contact with some of them. Wylmina says it's her opinion that there should be an option for a jury trial for children. "Some bad people will get through, and sometimes good people will be falsely accused," she says, "but everyone should at least have this option."  She is an advocate to change family court legislation through 'RaiseYourRights' a group that seeks to make it a US Constitutional and California Constitutional right to have a jury make decisions in a custody trial. The California Legislative Analyst Office says, "The measure could reduce court costs to the extent that the ability to demand a jury trial serves as an incentive for individuals to (1) resolve child custody disputes outside of the court or (2) reach agreement on custody decisions more quickly - thereby reducing court involvement and workload."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
03/05/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Kathy Jones
Wednesday
03/04/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Kathy Jones from Sacramento, California, a returning NAASCA family member. She wants us to know of her first ever local cable tv talk show. Kathy is a child abuse survivor who was in the foster care system and author of the book, “Foster Cat, Foster Kid: God Says You Don’t Have to Eat Dirt Anymore!" Her original intention was to feature a special cat, named “Good Boy.” However, as she wrote more, she felt a close connection between her neglectful childhood and the plight of “Good Boy,” and each has a strength that could overcome obstacles that most could not. The book is a heartwarming expression of God’s mercy, the therapeutic love of animals, and the strength that exists in young adults who have had to overcome foster care. Her dedication to God, love for those that have been impacted by foster care, and her passion for animals shines through in her writings and her daily life. As a teen, Kathy wrote a piece in 1972, "For God So Loved the World.” Published in 1994 it has been played “royalty free” all over the world, to spread God's Word. She's mentoring current and former foster youth, researching resources that provide support to the foster youth community. Kathy has worked the Advisory Committee for the National Schoolhouse of Theatre Arts in New York, an innovative new kind of school for foster youth around the nation.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Carlotta Taylor, Foster Care / Law Enforcement
Tuesday
03/03/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Carlotta Taylor from Clinton, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse by her own family and in foster care. After searching for her purpose for years, she learned it was to share her story and inspire others who may be going through what she endured. In her debut book, 'No More Flinching', Carlotta outlines five key steps to overcoming adversity. A former homicide detective, child protection detective, and former federal officer, with over 15 years law enforcement experience, she knew she had to use her knowledge and wisdom to effect greater change in and around the community. She's the founder of 'Somebody Step In', a non-profit for foster children, teens and young adults. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Travis Tillery
Monday
03/02/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

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Tonight's special guest is Travis Tillery from Jersey City, New Jersey, a survivor of child abuse who's first abuse happened when his father left his mother two weeks before Travis was born, which was identified years later by a therapist who explained this 'neglect' was a form of abuse. Travis relates, “My mother never re-married or had a boyfriend, so it was just me and her (no siblings). My first beating came at the age of 4. That was my first memory of anything. The physical abuse continued from there until I graduated high school (17). But it wasn’t just physical, there was verbal and psychological abuse too. That lasted into my adult years.” The abuse affected the way Travis would interact with other people. He could tell that he was mistreating other people from a young age. As he got older, it affected friendships and pretty much every aspect of his life. Travis continues, “I didn’t seek therapy until after I turned 30, and only went to a few sessions. I knew that wouldn’t be enough to heal the decades of trauma and negative emotions I was carrying with me. So recently I took a trip to Peru to participate in a 3-day Ayahuasca ceremony, in an effort to heal my wounds. I even shot a documentary about it, which I will be talking about in my guest appearance on the SCAN radio show. Because of this trip, I have a more stable relationship with my mother, coming from a place of understanding, knowing that we all have difficulties in our lives. It also helps that my mother has mellowed out tremendously since my youth.”
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Special guest Gidon Raz
Friday
02/28/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Gidon Raz from Israel, a returning NAASCA family member who originally surprised us in 2011 by calling in from Jerusalem at first to talk about repressed memories of child abuse that he had recently uncovered. From age 2, Gidon grew up in what he describes as "a fog" in a dysfunctional and abusive family. He recalls, “I felt myself ‘falling’ and woke up in my crib, not knowing where or who I am. My first feeling/instinct was wanting to escape.” Gidon would later discover that his “fog,” which persisted throughout his life, was from being shaken as a baby. "There was a lot of violence, emotional and physical, all the time. My mother was a vicious bipolar narcissist. Scramming, beating and browbeating were part of the daily diet," Gidon writes of his family. "Since about twelve I have made many efforts to function and recover, but mostly the therapists could not grasp the depth of my dysfunctional family.” At 18 he learned about kibbutz. Discovering that the children were separate from the parents, he thought that it would be heaven. He moved to Israel and lived on kibbutz for 17 years, but left in 1992 to move to Jerusalem. Gidon joined an organization called re-evaluation counseling, which has been helpful for maintaining and advancing his "out of the fog" times, and has since been dedicated to recovery. Married with two children, he states, "I have found that one of the main problems is what I call denial and internalized denial, and I spend much time counseling people. Today I have a practice in vibrational (frequency) medicine, one-brain therapy and ozone. I also lead a support group for adult abused children in Jerusalem."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder - 12 Step Recovery
Thursday
02/27/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host is Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Emily Samuelson
Wednesday
02/26/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Emily Samuelson, Ph.D., from Baltimore, Maryland, a returning NAASCA family member and the Director of the 'Soaring Project.' A psychologist who specializes in treating trauma, she's also a survivor of incest in her childhood and has written a book about her experience, "Soaring Above the Ashes: Thriving After Childhood Sexual Abuse." Emily was sexually abused as a child by her father, whom she adored. She explains, "Somewhere in my childhood, I boxed up the memories and lost my connection to the truth of what happened to me. It wasn't until I was 39 years old that my memories broke through. This was after a betrayal when my daughter was 5 weeks old, and separation and eventual divorce 6 months later; a breast cancer scare; a job where I was a scapegoat; and news that my mother had two different kinds of cancer. That's what it took to break me open." She goes on, "I got PTSD and lived in a nightmare of flashbacks for many months. I worked on healing for the next 20 years." Her book, "Soaring Above the Ashes," has stories of women and men survivors from face-to-face interviews all over the country. Each story has a black and white portrait. They are proud faces, free of shame. Each face says, “Look me in the eye. It happened, but it didn't break me.” Emily shares, "The story of my healing journey is woven between the chapters. Although I am now thriving, I continue to work on becoming more whole, my deepest wish." She's a passionate activist on behalf of sexually abused children and adult survivors. Emily knows it is possible to heal.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
02/25/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survivor-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family for a long time! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Amanda Forest
Monday
02/24/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Amanda Forest from Boise, Idaho, who says, “I grew up in a loving Christian family full of dysfunction. There was hardly any adult supervision or guidance. I became easy prey for pedophiles, who used alcohol to help them feed their sexual appetite. I was raped by my first boyfriend at the time, which really confused me for a lot of different reasons but especially because law enforcement didn’t take it seriously. These things set me up to be accepting of an extremely abusive relationship where rape, physical and emotional abuse were a regular thing. The relationship groomed me to be easily trafficked by him and others for what ended up being 7 years before I barely escaped with my life.” Amanda’s oldest daughter started to be trafficked while under Amanda’s abusers’ roof, before CPS removed her after she was missing unreported for over 30 hours. Amanda founded an organization over 3 years ago that combats Human Trafficking. In addition, she’s still fighting to see her children for over a year and a half. She states, "I am totally against abuse of power and authority. I'm wholeheartedly fighting sex trafficking in the United States. I believe we need tougher solutions for sex charges." She goes on, "Instead of being the victim, be victorious!," concluding, "Leave a legacy to your children and grandchildren and fulfill your dreams .. share what you did, not what you wished you'd done. Grab life and live it!"
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Special guest Patricia Steele
Friday
02/21/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Patricia Steele from Interlochen, Michigan. As an addict, she drank to medicate the pain of life, desperately trying to numb feelings of shame and defeat. She was responsible for a car accident that took the life of another when she was forty-eight. Patty was sentenced to seven years in prison and eventually achieved recovery with the support of loved ones and friends. Patty speaks publicly of her personal involvement with active addiction along with her road to recovery. Patty hopes by sharing her story and her book, 'The Gift of Second Chances', a painful and heartfelt story which is a must read for all affected by alcoholism and addiction, others will gain a deeper understanding and insight into the disease. Her Ted Talk, The Giftof Second Chances | Patty Steele | TEDxTraverseCity, is on YouTube. Patty lives with her daughter and granddaughter. She holds a Bachelor of Science with a Minor in Addiction Studies from Western University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a certified Paralegal and Victim's Advocate through Adam's University. Patty is a state-certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor and remains active in the recovery community by attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, sponsoring, and sharing her experience and hope. As a mother, daughter, sister, friend and grandmother, Patty understands, first-hand, the hardship of addiction. She is dedicated to helping addicts and their loved ones find healing and new beginnings.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
02/20/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest René Michele
Wednesday
02/19/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is René Michele from Parrearra, Queensland, Australia, a life coach for women and an author ('Battle Scars Are Beautiful: From Victim To Victory'), who serves as NAASCA's Ambassador to Queensland Australia. René realized her life, and her family's life, would be very different had she not broken free of the crippling grip of addiction. For 26 years, starting at 10, René endured and overcame sexual, emotional and physical abuse, often in her own home and bed. She developed a drug and alcohol addiction, entered many violent relationships, experienced bankruptcy at 22, had two failed marriages and multiple attempts to take her own life. “My life, as the result of the abuse I suffered, left me carrying deep and insatiable shame and caused my life to spiral out of control,” she said. But she rebuilt herself, and out from the ashes arose a woman of purpose and determination to rise above the events that nearly killed her. René relates, “The remarkable turnaround for me was the birth of my first child, when I vowed to my new baby girl that her life would never mirror mine.” Currently an online transformation and empowerment coach, René is in discussions with socially responsible partners to roll out support evenings for women on the Sunshine Coast, called Sacred Conversations. “To empower, support and encourage other survivors and high-performing, alpha females, entrepreneurs and businesswomen in healing from childhood abuse and trauma,” she said. René is the founder and director of Renemichele.com and is a coach, keynote speaker, mentor, and mother.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
02/18/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels. Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Beth Donahue
Monday
02/17/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Beth Donahue from Port Richey, Florida, a returning NAASCA family member who's both a survivor and an activist. She'll be catching us up with any number of things she's been doing over the last year or so. "I have been targeted by my family and have lost friends and people I love," she explains, "mainly because I wouldn't waiver on my beliefs that children should be put first and no one has the right to ever abuse them in any way, shape or form." Beth has told us she has taken a copy of a bill from 'Protect Mass Children' to Washington, DC, to pass stronger laws to protect children from sexual predators and to educate the community on how to defend themselves from sexual predators, to end childhood sexual abuse and to be a voice for the victims. Many involved are survivors or victims of abuse and know firsthand the devastating affects sexual abuse has on victims and their families. Beth herself is a survivor who was sexually abused by 3 men as a child, but she's been an advocate for children most of her adult life. "I was involved with helping start the organization The Innocence Revolution," Beth reminds us, letting us know she's going to be starting it back up. But she's even doing more. "I'm going to try and get the NFL to do a day for us," she says! Beth's paid a price because of her advocacy, too. "I have been targeted by my family and have lost friends and people I love," she explains, "mainly because I wouldn't waiver on my beliefs that children should be put first and no one has the right to ever abuse them in any way, shape or form." We're delighted to have her back on the show!!
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Special guest Nick Bryant
Friday
02/14/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nick Bryant from New York City, a returning NAASCA family member and a child advocate for 30 years. Nick will have 35 years of recovery on March 23. As an author he spent seven years investigating a coast-to-coast child trafficking network, and authored ‘The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse, & Betrayal.' He has also investigated the Jeffrey Epstein network, and he published Epstein's "Little Black Book" on the Internet in 2015, four years before the case broke nationally. Bryant has contributed a chapter on child trafficking to ‘Global Perspectives on Dissociative Disorders: Individual and Societal Oppression,' a book addressing various facets of dissociative disorders that features chapters from an international panel of psychiatrists and psychologists. For the last 18 years, Nick has been attempting to demonstrate the reality of powerbroker pedophile networks, and it's been an arduous task. He also presented at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation's international convention last year, and he will be presenting at this year's upcoming ISSTD convention in San Francisco.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
02/13/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Sheila Stevenson
Wednesday
02/12/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sheila M Stevenson from London, Ontario, a survivor of more than 15 years of abuse of every type. Sheila's now a Certified Life Coach and says, "Most of us desire to live happy lives and enjoy satisfying relationships. This is the happy space I live in today. But, it wasn't always so." She goes on, "I grew up in a highly dysfunctional family where I was abused by both of my parents." Despite it all she survived. "And, thankfully," she says, "I learned a lot of useful and wonderful lessons along the way. In fact, all that history and all those lessons now equip me to serve others." But it didn't happen quickly. "It feels like I've been riding on a slow train," Sheila says, "picking up speed as my healing progressed. I was blessed with a wonderful therapist many years ago, and I credit her with actually saving my life, because I was despondent by the time I found her. Finally, I was able to ‘tell my story', or as I call it, ‘download the poison'. Many years later I heard about something called Life Coaching." After meeting several life coaches in her area, Sheila decided to hire a woman with some actual life experience. "We worked together off and on for about a year. I was amazed by the process, and with the results I achieved. From that time, my life took on a whole new and refreshingly positive direction." Sheila concludes, "Today, I am a happy and powerful individual who has not only learned many valuable lessons, but who has chosen to do something special with all that I've learned. Now I help others achieve the life they dream of living. After all," she says, "everyone deserves happiness."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Ellen Lacter, PhD - Psychologist, Ritual Abuse
Tuesday
02/11/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Ellen Lacter, PhD, from San Diego, CA. Ellen is a Psychologist who specializes in helping victims of extreme/ritualistic childhood abuse. She's written many articles on ritual abuse and mind control (see www.EndRitualAbuse.org) and authored 'A Coloring Book of Healing Images for Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.' Ellen says, "I am a psychologist who has been profoundly touched by victims of ritual abuse and mind control whom I have treated in therapy or befriended as an advocate. I feel compelled to increase public support for these children and adult survivors. This is my mission." ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Sybil Vazquez
Monday
02/10/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sybil Vazquez from Coco Beach, Florida, a childhood sexual and physical abuse survivor and NAASCA activist who's an inaugural member of our new 'NAASCA en Espanol' efforts! Sybil relates, “I am an ASCSA (adult survivor of child sexual assaults) and physical abuse survivor who has worked diligently to heal in spirit, soul, and body for almost 50 years after a younger sibling disclosed what was happening to her, triggering my own cascade of blocked memories. I did not have tools to process the strong negative conflicting emotions or handle the memories, triggers, and nightmares which tormented my young mind causing me to doubt my worth and sanity. I began to believe I was dirty, unlovable, broken, and most likely losing my mind. I was ashamed.” Sybil's sexual abuse began at three-years old, which escalated until she was raped in the third grade. As she lay passively smothering, Sybil thought, “This is what it is like to die.” Pastoral and professional counseling helped Sybil begin her lifelong journey towards a balanced mental outlook. She learned natural ways to support her nervous system and balance her body. Repeated childhood traumas affected her ability to trust and influenced unhealthy adult relationships. She continues to work to learn new tools for healing of spirit, soul, and body for herself and to share with others. Among other things, Sybil is heavily involved in using aromatherapy for healing.
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Special guest Onyx King
Friday
02/07/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Onyx King from Fort Worth, Texas, a survivor of horrible sexual, physical and emotional child abuse. Hers is a voice crying out for all the children who can't. "Before child sex trafficking became a popular cause," she says, "African American kids had been suffering for decades. My mother sold my body over and over." Later Onyx was sentenced to 30 years in prison in November of 1992 for conspiracy. Her ex-husband was a big-time drug dealer, and Onyx ended up spending 22 years and 7 months in prison. Finally, she was given clemency, because she wasn't guilty of dealing drugs. Her ex-husband was the dealer and not her. Onyx had only stayed married to him because her self-esteem was so low, because of all that she had gone through in her life, she thought she wasn't worth anything better. Onyx's book, ‘The Girl That Glows: a story of a young girl who lost her shine,' reveals that the abuse she suffered was almost unbearable, but the religious abuse she experienced was almost her undoing. Then the glow hidden in her heart begins to allow her to see who was there all the time, a child of God worthy of love. "My writing has taken me to a whole new level in my thinking," Onyx says. "I have not as of yet [fully] arrived, but I do believe it is coming!" During the day she's now working as a receptionist for Universal Health Services. "I love what I do, and no matter what happens in life I will forever remain connected with Universal in some way." A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Onyx possesses a BS in Social Work and is currently working on her Masters degree at the University of Phoenix.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
02/06/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Kim Lakin
Wednesday
02/05/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Kim Lakin from Littleton, Colorado, a returning NAASCA family member. Kim was first sexual abused when she was around 5 years old, and by multiple people throughout her life. When it happened at home at 12, it made her determined to do everything she could to stop CSA in her family, as she relates: "At 13 I was interested in boys, and ready to be free from the sexual, mental, physical abuse that was haunting me in my home. There were many drugs, shared with the children, weird religions and parties. I've always thought of my childhood as living in a ‘free love' atmosphere. Great for pedophiles .. not so much for children!" A year later the family relocated, and she met her first real boyfriend. She was caught trying to sneak out of the house to see him. "My dad threw me through the wall, and I decided it was time I told my Mom what he had done. I felt she dismissed it." The birth of her first child, at 18, made a big difference, and a year after her baby was born, she met her husband. "I've spent many years in different kinds of therapy and counseling. I still feel there are many days that I feel no one understands what I'm feeling. I live in a house of ‘normal' people." She goes on, "I've felt for years that God would use me to be an advocate for child sex abuse, but it is just recently that I've started talking openly about my abuse. I've encountered abused children in my work and volunteer career, and because of my experience, have always wanted to give children the gift of hope, grace, forgiveness and love.” Kim knew that God would use her to speak up for CSA prevention, and in 2016 God opened the door for that to happen. Since then, she has been speaking and educating around Colorado.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Carlotta Taylor, Foster Care / Law Enforcement
Tuesday
02/04/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Carlotta Taylor from Clinton, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse by her own family and in foster care. After searching for her purpose for years, she learned it was to share her story and inspire others who may be going through what she endured. In her debut book, 'No More Flinching', Carlotta outlines five key steps to overcoming adversity. A former homicide detective, child protection detective, and former federal officer, with over 15 years law enforcement experience, she knew she had to use her knowledge and wisdom to effect greater change in and around the community. She's the founder of 'Somebody Step In', a non-profit for foster children, teens and young adults. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Christina Marie
Monday
02/03/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Christina Marie from Doniphan, Missouri, a former foster child who is a survivor of sexual and physical abuse. By age 2, Christina had suffered 2 skull fractures, and was so malnourished she couldn't keep food down. The sexual, physical, and mental abuse, along with neglect and starvation, she endured from her birth parents sent Christina into an “emotional coma.” She entered the foster care system at a young age and went in and out of many homes. Most homes returned her after 2 weeks, because they couldn't deal with all the issues stemming from the trauma. She also lived in a few foster homes that weren't any better than her birth parents' home. Christina relates, “I always felt rejected, abandoned and wondered why no one wanted to love me. If I would ever find a place I truly belonged.” At age 12, Christina's life changed dramatically when she was placed in Ellen's home. Christina says, “In Ellen, an Angel in disguise, God sent me a heavenly mother. She changed my life. She loved me like no one else did and taught me everything I needed to know. I am who I am today because of her.” Christina became a mom, got her GED, went to college, and made herself into who she wanted to be. She still has CPTSD, OCD, anxiety, social anxiety and depression, but that doesn't stop her. As Christina states, “My big objective when I was young was to use my story and my experiences to help others feel loved, accepted and acknowledged. I wanted to give others hope and faith, and show them they can love themselves despite where they came from, what they experienced and the issues they faced from trauma. When I turned 32, I finally came to love and accept myself. I lifted my head up high, and started .. I made it! I'm not a victim anymore. I'm a survivor! I'm a thriver!"
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Special guest Joe Potosi
Friday
01/31/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Joe Potosi from Dubuque, Iowa, a returning NAASCA family member who's a child abuse survivor, minister, motivational speaker and author of the book 'When The Dust Settled.' At age 3, his father abandoned the family. Over the next 15 years, his mother and stepfather used drugs and alcohol, had a turbulent relationship, and were both physically and emotionally abusive to him. After high school, Joe joined the Navy which was the first time he realized the resentment and anger he carried inside about the years of abuse. However, he did not yet have coping skills to deal with those emotions and made some poor choices in life. Becoming a father of two sons helped Joe change his behavior, explaining, “They'd rented space in my mind for far too long. Now as a father I made a conscious decision I was going to break that cycle of abuse, violence and neglect toward my children.” Writing was a way for Joe to let go of traumatic memories and gave him the strength and courage to forgive his tormentors. He attributes his faith in God as helping him most with his recovery. Years of journaling to help himself heal developed into his book (watch this Youtube interview). Joe is now helping other survivors who are struggling with resentment, anger and unforgiveness. “People struggle every day in situations that they cannot control,” he says. “They feel helpless and held hostage by whatever trials hold them down in life. 'When The Dust Settled' is the ultimate story of success. This is a story of inspiration, courage and triumph.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Bill Murray, NAASCA founder - 12 Step Recovery
Thursday
01/30/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host is Bill Murray from Los Angeles, our founder. Bill's recovery is 12 Step-based and spans some 3 and a half decades. Sexually abused by numerous clerics, all men, between the ages of 11 and mid-way through high school, a minor seminary, he was also the victim of pre-pubescent pornography and even a two week kidnapping. Bill was graced to have found Alcoholics Anonymous when he was 30 years old. The program not only helped him get clean and sober but also gave him a place to give up his secrets, and the tools by which he's recovered. He firmly believes one can use the 12 Step process to heal from child abuse trauma and to find a way to a comfortable life. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Arthur Crowell
Wednesday
01/29/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Arthur Crowell from Minnetonka, Minnesota. He was born into a family plagued by abuse and tragedy. He writes, "The three generations prior to my birth has nearly every Hollywood story represented in history, from severe sexual abuse, to drug and prostitution, racketeering, cults, witness protection and more." Because of the trauma suffered as children, the adults that raised Arthur did not have the skills or the ability to keep the trauma from spilling over at him, and he grew up 'paying for their crimes.' Arthur adopted a quest to be the one to heal his family system and root out and destroy the demons that plagued them. However, learning more details of his family history at age 18, a deep rage settled in him and he cut off all family commutations, writing them off as unsavable. For about a decade, Arthur fell into a deep depression and drug use. Eventually, his business crumbled, and Arthur had to move back in with his family. It was then he re-met his wife; he explains, “It was because of her I was able to turn my life onto a different track.” For the last decade, Arthur has been in and out of a broken family courts system that is unequipped to protect children. Now, Arthur is  an activist, and has started a campaign to reform Family Courts with a bill to present to legislators. "It is the protection and supervision of hostile and detrimental environments that the court system is completely unequipped to handle. That is why I have chosen to make a stand and strive for reform."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Pastor Deborah Schleich
Tuesday
01/28/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Pastor Deborah Schleich, who grew up all over the world in a military family where her mother was mentally ill, and is now a survior-professional. Living in Pensacola, Florida, she's trained in ministry, mental health, working with substance abuse and is a trauma informed social worker .. all in one! She volunteers with many community organizations. Pastor Deborah says she ".. can minister by text, phone, Skype, in person and however the Lord directs her, 24/7." She teaches that humans have three parts, being of spirit, soul and the physical body, and believes that all 3 are important .. and that each area needs care. We look forward to Pastor Deborah being an active member of the NAASCA family! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Aimee Cabo Nikolov
Monday
01/27/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Aimee Cabo Nikolov, BSN, from Miami, Florida, a returning NAASCA family member who's helping with the brand new Spanish speaking version our group. A bilingual Cuban-American, Aimee's a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and author of the book 'Love Is The Answer, God Is The Cure'. She's also a Neuroscientist! Aimee's life is a testament to the power of honesty, love, and belief. At age 15, Aimee was part of what the Miami media dubbed "The Case from Hell" .. a sexual abuse case that pitted her parents against Aimee and her sister. To this day, Aimee credits her faith in God and the love of her support network for getting her through. Aimee's website, radio show, podcast and speaking engagements are designed to educated, support, and create a safe place for each other. It's not been an easy road getting here. Aimee experienced horrific trauma at an early age, being sexually and emotionally abused by her parents. Her family's secrets came to light as she and her sister brought charges against her parents. After many years of uncertainty, recovery, therapy and family issues, Aimee has created a life filled with love, an impressive career, and her own family. She is an inspiration on so many levels and is dedicating herself to helping others who have experienced trauma and abuse. Aimee is trying to connect, join arms, and create a platform with others to provide support, awareness and healing. We're delighted to be re-connecting with Aimee and exploring more ways to work together.
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Special guest Timothy 'Ryzer' Poff
Friday
01/24/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Timothy 'Ryzer' Poff from Easton, Pennsylvania, Commander and Chapter Leader of the Easton Guardian Angels. He may be joined by other current members of the organization. The Easton Guardian Angels started in 2007 in Easton and has been going strong ever since. A 501(c)3 non-profit community organization, the Chapter works together with other organizations. Ryzer explains, "One of our main focuses is physically patrolling our streets, deterring crime, being the eyes and ears for our police, helping and watching over those in need, as well as mentoring and being positive role models for our youth." Members go through a 12-15 week training which focuses on learning The History of The Guardian Angels, First Aid/CPR/AED certification, PATROL Training, Physiological communications training, Gang Awareness and Self Defense. Many children look up to them and call themselves 'Junior Guardian Angels.' They are closely involved with 'The Easton Block Watch'. Ryzer is on the Board and is a Sector Coordinator for the West Ward, The Weed & Seed summer nights program, and a Summer Program Called 'Angels in the Park.' The Angels are also involved in many other social activities, after school programs and in awarding scholorships. Besides patrolling local area streets, the Chapter has worked in many other communities and does Missing Persons Search and Recovery missions. Ryzer writes, "We search for runaways, missing kids and adults. With boots to the ground we dare to care, and keep things safe beyond the streets."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Felicia Reed, Trauma Informed Life Coach
Thursday
01/23/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Felicia L Reed, a trauma-informed Recovery Coach who suffered the entire spectrum of abuses from the age of 5 to 51. That was the point when she started a healing and recovery process. Learning about and using coaching and self-healing techniques saved her life. Felicia founded Put It In Perspective where she currently works to teach these tools to groups and individuals. In addition, she has worked in community service programs as a key volunteer and activist for youth and women, and serves on cyber awareness forums that promote online safety. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Esther Laiacona
Wednesday
01/22/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Esther Laiacona from Boston, Massachusetts, a survivor of child abuse who ran away from home at 11 years old. "I have story after story but what I think is more important," she says, "is how I am who I am today and who I have been. How did I overcome all of it? How did I not kill myself, and how do I become more and more whole each day?" Esther came from a mentally ill family, exposed to prescription drug addiction, crime, covert narcissism, violence and codependency. She was physically, verbally, mentally, emotionally neglected and abused. Esther overcame rape, child abandonment and nearly 45 years of varying degrees of abuse. She restored her soul and personal power to choose and create her dream life and reclaimed herself. Esther attributes her freedom to her faith, amazing humans along the way and 11 years of growth and awakening. Esther is 'living her dream' on Martha's Vineyard. A mother of three, entrepreneur, and social justice advocate of 20 years, she empowers and inspires individuals to create what they want and lights a path for them to begin their journey, re-writing their personal story to create the life they deserve. She founded ‘Dream Believe Become' to inspire others to aspire to a life that emanates hope and leadership, focusing on personal growth, entrepreneurship and innovation. Esther newest dream projects include: DBB Global, supporting creators, leaders and organizations, utilizing design thinking, Heart-In-Sole, a grassroots effort, to purchase shoes for children, freelance writing, completing her first solo book in 2020, public speaking, higher education and more!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Sharyn Higdon Jones, psychotherapist and author
Tuesday
01/21/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Sharyn Higdon Jones, a licensed psychotherapist for over 35 years with individuals, couples and families who have experienced the trauma of abuse. In her words: “The pain of being sexually abused is deep and profound. The abuse experience touches the core of a woman's being in ways she could never have predicted. She has been violated on so many levels." Sharyn is also the author of the book 'Healing Steps; a Gentle Path to Recovery for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse,' written in a workbook format with exercises. Sharyn says, “Healing Steps is a perfect step-by-step process that evolved out of groups of women molested as children. It is the perfect format either to be facilitated by a mental health professional or could be used as a guide in a peer support group.” ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Nicole Moehring
Monday
01/20/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Nicole Moehring from Medina, Ohio, the mother of 2 children who are survivors of sexual abuse. “My son is autistic and we have had a long road with the criminal case,” she writes. “In addition, I am the survivor of domestic, emotional, verbal, psychological, mental, financial and physical abuse. Psychological abuse is extremely common but what I didn't realize was that it can stay hidden for years. It can be as devastating as physical abuse, affecting your feelings, emotions, confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth. It takes time and the right people in your path to help you, to encourage you, to believe in you.” Nicole has been seeing an 'amazing counselor,' and with her 'incredible husband' by her side, Nicole knows she wouldn't be where she is today. She has gained strength and courage, that she never thought imaginable. Eventually, she began to realize this was her opportunity to help others. Nicole explains that she and her 16 year old daughter, founded a nonprofit 'Voices of Change 2018.' The mission is to advocate, educate and empower others about abuse. "I began writing my first book." Nicole shares, “The motivation for the book came from my personal journey of being both a survivor of domestic abuse and a parent of two children who were sexually abused/assaulted. Going through the experiences of their cases and seeing how difficult things are, I wanted to share insight and encouragement to others. It is a long, emotional road.”
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Special guest Sharonda Hankins Davis
Friday
01/17/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Sharonda Hankins Davis from Bolivia, North Carolina, a survivor of childhood sexual and physical abuse who grew up one of the youngest kids in a large family of 14 siblings. Her father was very strict, and they were beaten with a water hose. "My [sexual] abuse started when I was in the 3rd grade," she says. "My abusers would wake me up throughout the night. I would often have nightmares and was unable to sleep." Sharonda's house had only one bathroom, so there was no privacy when it came to baths. The door was unlocked, and anyone could enter at any time. She remembers seeing her brother fondling her sister. Sharonda's presence didn't stop him; in fact, he smiled. She relates, “I grew up very angry, afraid, bitter, cyclical, hating ALL my abusers .. and constantly triggered. I had too many failed relationships and attempted suicide several times. To add insult to injury, I was bullied by my abusers. When we did tell about the abuse, nothing was done to stop or prevent it. My Mother closed her eyes to it all. I wanted so bad for her to acknowledge what happened for closure, but she never did. I hated her for many years. However, by God's amazing Grace, I forgave her and my abusers (so glad I did, she passed away Tuesday before Mother's Day 7 months ago).” Sharonda married her high school sweetheart when they were 22 years old. They separated 5 months later and divorced for 4 years. They got back together and remarried. Sharonda continues, “Here we are today 21 years later. Billy saw me at my lowest point and loved me through my worst times. I am a chosen vessel God is using to help others who have been abused. I openly and unashamedly share my story because someone needs to know they too can overcome, love and be loved."
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Jaime Romo, educator, CSA by clergy
Thursday
01/16/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Jaime Romo from San Diego, California, an educator, consultant, author, and Commissioned Minister, who promotes healing from abuse and the prevention of child sexual abuse, particularly abuse by religious authorities or in the context of religious settings. A workbook he wrote, Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers, and Supporters,  is an integration of various disciplines that led Jaime to become a certified Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) facilitator. Jaime explains, “While it is no secret that I am a survivor of clergy abuse, it is the journey of integration, transformation and application that is most telling about my accomplishments and the life that I celebrate.” Please visit his website: http://www.jaimeromo.org. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Barbara Joy Hansen
Wednesday
01/15/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a returning NAASCA family member and a survivor of sexual abuse. As a very young child, she was violated by her grandfather. Victimized from age two, she was eight when the abuse stopped. Three years later at a Christian camp, a trusted youth pastor molested her and others. Bobbie Joy relates, “My life was forever changed by the abuse of two people who should have loved and protected me, and not harmed me!” Living with the secret caused PTSD and much pain in Bobbie Joy's life. In her book, Listen to the Cry of the Child, she shares her journey out of shameful silence. “When you are abused, you are repeatedly told not to tell,” she says. Bits of her memory were blocked; she experienced shame, low self-esteem and delayed physical maturation in her teens. As a child she was intensely shy, quiet, very trusting, withdrawn and extremely vulnerable. As an adult her anger turned inward, and she felt alone and silenced. She struggled with infertility, postpartum depression and marriage betrayal. She suffered in silence for 40 years, until she could keep the secret hidden no longer. Her path to healing came as she acknowledged her pain and anger, asked God for help, and eventually came to embrace forgiveness. No longer a victim, she considers herself a “victorious survivor.” She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, and she facilitates a survivors' support group called Beauty Out of Ashes . She speaks worldwide to give awareness and hope to other survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault and violence.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Dr Linda Olson - Child Domestic Abuse (CDV) survivor - Clinical Psychologist
Tuesday
01/14/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Dr Linda Olson, from Atlanta, GA. She grew up with childhood domestic violence (CDV) and, for over 30 years, has been a licensed clinical psychologist, and a CDV victims' advocate, specializing in helping women, children, couples, and families who witnessed domestic violence heal from anxiety, depression, and trauma. CDV, the impact experienced by children who grow up in a household where there is domestic violence, is a devastating crisis that affects one billion people around the globe and, at the same time, is an issue that is rarely mentioned by the news media. Be sure to check out her ProjectHopeBear.org! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Monica Boglin
Monday
01/13/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Monica Boglin from Puyallup, Washington, a survivor of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Monica writes, “My father was the primary abuser and an alcoholic, and my mother being a victim of spousal abuse inevitably became the classic enabler. The sexual abuse and molestation were from an older brother. I firmly believe that the upbringing of both parents, who were respectively abused and abandoned by their parents, hold no real awareness about their actions as they subsequently did to their own children what was done to them. They had no one to teach them to identify abuse and/or to ascertain that abuse is wrong. They further failed my siblings and especially my brother.” The onset of Lupus around age 29 caused Monica to realize she had to move past the pain. She came to a deep self-actualization that she needed to practice self-care in order to manage the disease. Research denotes that autoimmune diseases have been linked to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Monica concludes, “I've finally found a way to forgive the unforgivable and to firmly keep anyone and everything harmful out of my life, thus allowing me to accept the hurt but to be more focused on healing. I will have Lupus forever and I will bear the scars of abuse forever, but now as a symbol of strength and perseverance and no longer as shame, anger, or harm. I am professionally employed as a teacher in the adult career education sector. I am also completing a PhD in metaphysical science and counseling and I hope to further use my story as a way to become of service and to help those along the path to their own healing, because I now know that hope and help is available.”
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Special guests Rachel Grant & Ashley Easter
Friday
01/10/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Rachel Grant from San Francisco, California, a child abuse survivor and returning NAASCA family member. Rachel is a counselor and Sexual Abuse and Trauma Recovery Coach at Rachel Grant Coaching. Abused as a child by her grandfather, Rachel provides a compassionate and challenging approach for her clients, using coaching to help survivors of childhood sexual abuse let go of the pain of abuse and finally feel normal. As Rachel says, "What you think, you create!" She brings a passionate belief that her clients do not have to remain trapped or confronted daily by the thoughts or behaviors that result from abuse. Her program, Beyond Surviving, has been designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Rachel writes, "The Beyond Surviving program is based on what I have learned through my own journey of recovery from sexual abuse, my study of neuroscience, and my training in counseling psychology. We use my guidebook, Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse as the roadmap for our work." Rachel is joined tonight by Ashley Easter. The two are co-creating a women's retreat called Emerge, which will be happening in February. They explain, “The retreat is open to all women and is focused on unleashing your empowered self, whether or not you've experienced abuse. It's a great opportunity to receive empowering coaching from experienced coaches, practical tools they can take home with them to better their lives, and much-needed self-care and sisterhood time.”
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Barbara Joy Hansen, Violence Prevention Expert
Thursday
01/09/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Barbara Joy Hansen from Milford, Massachusetts, a child abuse survivor and Violence Prevention Expert. Her book, 'Listen to the Cry of the Child,' is where she shares her journey. She and her husband work in prisons, homeless shelters, domestic violence conferences, etc, and she facilitates a survivors support group called Beauty Out of Ashes (many members are former alcoholics or addicts). Barbara has a lot of information and experience to offer! ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Natasha Prosperi
Wednesday
01/08/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Natasha Prosperi from Houston, Texas, a survivor of child abuse at the hands of her uncles, a teacher and a coach. Natasha writes, “It was my paternal uncle, we were visiting his house on a vacation. I thought it was my fault, I was afraid of my dad. It was my teacher, I thought I was in love, but I was really looking for a paternal figure. It was my volleyball coach of 5 years, he called me to his room to discuss the strategy for the game that night, he started giving me a massage. I thought it was my fault for letting him touch me. It was my maternal uncle who was a university professor. I went to his house because he was helping me with my graduate school applications. It Made Me Feel guilty, ashamed, dirty, mature for my age, alone. I became very aggressive, irritable, prepotent, perfectionist. I closed up and built walls around myself. I didn't like to feel vulnerable with anyone. I never cried. I repressed my emotions. I told nobody. It took me 31 years to tell someone.” Natasha eventually told her husband, her parents, her siblings, close friends and some extended family members. She continues, “some offered me support, others didn't and they got in my abuser's side. Then I told EVERYONE, I wrote and published a memoir, … it is really important to be able to tell your story, because the secrecy only benefits the abuser.” She attributes her survival to “old fashion therapy and the support of my husband, kids, siblings, parents and close friends.” Natasha is now spending her life with the love her life, her husband of 20 years, and her 3 kids. She says she is reinventing herself.
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Carlotta Taylor, Foster Care / Law Enforcement
Tuesday
01/07/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Carlotta Taylor from Clinton, Mississippi, a survivor of child abuse by her own family and in foster care. After searching for her purpose for years, she learned it was to share her story and inspire others who may be going through what she endured. In her debut book, 'No More Flinching', Carlotta outlines five key steps to overcoming adversity. A former homicide detective, child protection detective, and former federal officer, with over 15 years law enforcement experience, she knew she had to use her knowledge and wisdom to effect greater change in and around the community. She's the founder of 'Somebody Step In', a non-profit for foster children, teens and young adults. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
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Special guest Molly Skye Brown
Monday
01/06/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Molly Skye Brown from Orlando, Florida, a survivor as a child of abandonment, abduction, rape, sexual violence and manipulation, psychological abuse and emotional abuse. The manifestations of this trauma led to food and substance addictions, body dysmorphia (a mental disorder in which you can't stop thinking about one or more perceived defects or flaws in your appearance), suicide attempts, divorce, an extramarital affair, estrangement and complete loss of self as well as her faith in a loving God. She brings her exquisite personal “light” humor to every dark shadow from her past, enlightening her audiences that humor can greatly help transcend even the darkest and most shameful of secrets. Her work has not only shifted her own debilitating PTSD symptoms and repeated suicide attempts but has helped the hundreds of survivors she divinely encounters and coaches. She shares her stories openly and bravely to bring light to those still silently suffering, be it speaking publicly or coaching privately. Her mission, also, is to educate innocent and naïve children on “Not So Stranger Danger” as her assailants were never strangers. Molly sums up her recovery in her own unique style: “My focus is Healing, Growing and Thriving: Healing our wounds and shitty programming .. Growing in limitless knowledge .. Thriving in passionate entrepreneurship. I am a trauma survivor, a glorious Being of the Divine and have been a successful and thriving entrepreneur for the last 13 years. In 2015, I experienced a profound spiritual awakening. I'd like to share everything I have learned that has empowered the CRAP out of me and changed my life for the best.”
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Special guest Joann Brown
Friday
01/03/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Joann Brown from Ohio, a grandmother of two abused children who helped save them from their situation. Imagine a grandmother's horror at finding out that her own son and his wife have been physically abusing their two children – her grandchildren. Joann immediately started building a case – complete with pictures – recording all marks of abuse on her young grandchildren's bodies. The abuse included being bitten, repeatedly hit in the head (sometimes with a hammer), suffering major bruising, being hit in the knee with dog chains causing infection, and other atrocities. The young boy was hit so hard that he had a skull fracture, dizziness, and drainage from his ears; but it took his parents – Joann's son and daughter-in-law – 3 days to get the boy to the hospital. Joann was not allowed to see the boy in the hospital. Eventually, Joann was able to gain custody of her two grandchildren. As Joann relates, “I had custody of my grandkids … for years and so I told my lawyer I wanted to adopt them; and I got adoption the 7th of November. We are a big happy family now the abuse is over for them, and we are in counseling and more over this. I don't have anything to do with my oldest son who abused my grandkids.” Joann now sees to it that the two grandchildren are safe in her loving home and are getting the counseling they need to deal with their trauma.  This grandmother's tenacity to rescue her grandchildren from that brutal abuse provides an opportunity for Joann and NAASCA to speak of the important role each of us can play in intervening for abused children everywhere!
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Q & A call-in discussion with a NAASCA survivor / professional - Michelle Bless - Minister & Chaplain
Thursday
01/02/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC

Q & A call-in discussion with a survivor-professional, using an OPEN MIKE forum. We'll feature a survivor-professional co-host who'll field topics brought to the episode by you, the listener. ~~ Tonight the special co-host will be Michelle Bless from Cincinnati, a survivor of severe child abuse who's now a Minister and Chaplain. She'll appear on the 1st Thursday of each month and is the author of the book "Out of Darkness: the Michelle Bless Story," her story of redemption. In 1997, Michelle writes that she, "..was introduced to the Lord and denounced Satan," thus beginning the process of giving her life to God. Michelle is on a mission to bring as many lost souls to God as possible. Her firsthand knowledge of how low a life can plummet to the depths of despair enables her to understand and relate to what others are facing as they struggle to find God in their lives. ~~ On these episodes we welcome various co-hosts, survivor-professionals who'll assist in fielding questions and lead a variety of topics suggested by our call-in participants. Their trauma-informed perspectives as survivor-professionals will help them guide discussions on the issues of child abuse, trauma and healthy human sexuality that spring from questions and topics brought to us by our listeners. ~~ Everyone's invited to engage on tonight's show, on the phone or in our show's community chat room. ~~ Please visit the NAASCA.org web site.
Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2303

Special guest Christopher Scramuzzo
Wednesday
01/01/2020
8pm EST, 5pm PAC
Tonight's special guest is Christopher Scramuzzo from Denver, Colorado, a child abuse survivor. Finding it difficult to sum up his life in a few words, Christopher shares, “I was born to a sociopath and [he] snapped when I was born. I became his self-justifying perversion (a pawn). Targeted as the one who did the things he'd done, including sexual abuse. Hijacking my will producing identity theft.” Christopher's abuse started only a few days after his birth, with his father sexually abusing him as soon as he was brought home. The sexual abuse and physical abuse lasted eight years, but the mental abuse lasted even after his “demonic” father's death last year. Having survived multiple “murder attempts” by his father, Christopher describes the first murder attempt his own words, “[The] First attempt at murdering me was within weeks after birth. He choked me until my lips turned a pasty swamp green, giving brain damage. Hidden and held secret for 30 years, trying to secure his lie as the truth, ending his life last year with me at fault. A blame product of society from his doing because we didn't know how to diagnose sociopath yet.” NAASCA welcomes Christopher as he shares his story of survival.

 
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