A conversation with Julia Jarvis about how her relationship with her difficult father has evolved both before and after he got dementia. She describes how during her childhood, Julia’s father was moody, punitive, and sexually inappropriate. For this reason she limited her contact with him, but with the birth of her own children she allowed him a second chance to be a part of her life. Now that he has dementia, some of his previous tendencies have returned, but in a different form. Julia talks about her struggles to make peace with him, and about the challenges now faced by the caregivers in her father’s life.
A conversation with Julie Colpitts, Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, about how survivors of abuse are often drawn to social service and first responder jobs, [Read more…]
An interview with songwriter Michael Skinner, who has used music as a way to heal from the abuse he suffered as a child. Michael talks about how his past has affected him [Read more…]
An interview with Rachel Grant about the sexual abuse she suffered as a ten-year-old at the hands of her grandfather, and the work she has done to counteract its lasting impact on her life. Despite her training in psychotherapy Rachel became a coach because she wanted to be able to use her own story as a way to help others. Rachel describes the many beliefs that she and other abuse survivors often struggle with [Read more…]
An interview with Episcopal priest Carl Russell about the childhood sexual abuse he experienced at the hands of the priest of his family’s congregation. Carl tells the story of how both he and his family were groomed for the abuse, as the priest worked to gain his family’s trust and esteem. [Read more…]