Recovering From Abuse Through Music

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…]

Beyond Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

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…]

Child Abuse by a Priest

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…]

Emotional Abuse of Children in Violent Homes

An interview with child advocate Brie Masselli about her own experience growing up in a home with domestic violence.  Brie tells the story of running to school to escape her stepfather’s violent outbursts, and how her childhood struggles in and out of school were missed by those who might have helped. [Read more…]

Child Abuse and Physical Health 25 Years Later

An interview with Dr. Vincent Felitti about his groundbreaking research to show that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s, like abuse, neglect and severe family dysfunction) are correlated not only with mental illness and addiction, but also with physical illnesses like heart disease, lung disease and even auto-immune diseases.  He reports that just asking patients about the presence of such painful experiences results in [Read more…]