Q & A Night – You’ll suggest the themes for tonight’s show, which will involve any topic from the world of public safety, violence prevention, and child abuse and trauma. Special co-host Dr. Debra Warner, Psy.D., a Los Angeles based Forensic Psychologist and a professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, will help lead the discussion. ~~ NAASCA is pleased to announce that Debra will be making regular special co-host appearances on upcoming Tuesday night question-and-answer style community participation shows. An educator and violence prevention expert, Dr. Warner will assist SCAN host and NAASCA founder Bill Murray field questions and lead a variety of topic discussions suggested by our call-in participants. Debra’s understanding of the issues of child abuse and trauma spring not only from a professional perspective, but also from a personal one. Multiple members of her own family have been victims of predators. She’ll share how she’s participated in their struggle with surviving and thriving. ~~ Everyone’s invited to engage on tonight’s show .. on the phone or in SCAN’s ever-present community chat room. ~~ Please visit our website: www.NAASCA.org
“Community Matters” – SPECIAL EDITION – “Violence in America; who’s responsible?” ~~ There’s an amazing amount of violence in our society, and perhaps it’s part of the American fabric. Ever since Colonial times we’ve been literally fighting for land, for opportunity, for rights and for what’s become known as ‘The American Dream.’ Our country was born out of a desire for individual, and eventually collective, independence. Using violence to overcome whatever obstacles we perceived as bring hurdles to our progress has been a naturally reoccurring tool. But is it right? Tonight we’ll take a look at what contributes to the stats, who is being killed, where the highest homicide rates occur and how the problem might be addressed in the future. We’ll examine death by cops, discuss the uniqueness of our 2nd Amendment and some of the issues on owning firearms, and share how decayed and desperate communities contribute to violent crime. ~~ Bill Murray, our host, is the well-respected community voice of public safety, violence prevention and a leader in crime fighting and anti-child abuse efforts. His significant circle of influence includes his work as the founder of both LA Community Policing (LACP.org) and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA.org). Please check out the new Facebook page: LACP – Community Policing at: www.Facebook.com/LACP.org
Tonight’s special guest is Dr Tina Medina from Kansas, a Christian Psychologist who overcame the pre-teen sexual abuse she suffered and found complete restoration. As a counselor, case-manager and minister, she’s helped hundreds of people deal with this complex issue of sexual abuse on an one-on one basis. Her four books appeal to a broad range of readers, everyone from parents and teachers who’re seeking help for their kids to troubled teens and adult survivors of abuse who may feel they’ll never overcome the damage that was done to them. Tina’s “survivor story” begins at age 10 when she was molested by an uncle several times. Groomed by the offer of ice cream he later “apologized” to the child. “I accepted his apology,” Tina says, “but never spoke to him again. I hated my uncle for many years, but never told anyone until later in my life about what happened.” She goes on, “I never told anyone until I was 32 years old and I am 49 now.” Tina is here not just to tell her story but by way of dedicating herself to NAASCA’s mission. “What a joy to be a part of your organization,” she wrote, and she’s already begun lending her special skills to us as a volunteer. “I am deeply committed to the [NAASCA] cause.” She goes on, “There is a need and it is in love that we need to share and meet that need to help others. In closing, I am a kidney transplant recipient and on March 1, 2008, I knew that my new gift of life would be the writing of these books which were to benefit others. Life gives life and love gives love. Hope is always present when there is life and love. The hope of inner healing can not be quenched because life and love will not allow it!”
Tonight’s special guest is Dr Jill Jones-Soderman, PHD, MSW, MSHS, a NAASCA family member and volunteer from New York City, founder of the Foundation For The Child Victims Of The Family Courts (fcvfc.org). In the private practice of psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, mediation and child advocacy for over 35 years, Jill’s involvement includes continuing her education on interdisciplinary studies in psychoanalysis and court case forensics. A major interest and ongoing aspect of her work involves the study of the violation of civil rights and confidentiality in various provinces of the Court system, with particular emphasis on the abuses in Family Courts throughout the country. Jill is known as a diligent fighter for her clients, and is available as an expert witness, and for legal forensic advocacy and consultation in cases involving children’s and parents’ legal and civil rights. As an experienced clinical forensic advocate, she is directly involved in the analysis, strategy and witness for trial/hearing preparation leading to resolution of high conflict custody cases. She’s published many books and articles in her fields of expertise and has been heard on radio and TV as a child advocate and expert witness on Family Court issues. She also has an important presence on the Internet, having created a web platform for whistleblowers of all stripes (USwhistleblower.org). NAASCA’s proud to have “Dr Jill” as a family member, and grateful for what she’s done, is doing now, and will do, for the NAASCA cause.