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Podcast on Crimes Against Women
55 minutes | 6 days ago
My Living Is Not in Vain: How a Rape Survivor Found Hope and Empowerment After Trauma, and How She Persevered to Create Change Through Advocacy and Legislation
Episode fourteen of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes advocate, author, life coach, and motivational speaker, Lavinia Masters. In this standalone episode, Lavinia shares her emotional journey dealing with childhood sexual abuse and rape, eventually discovering and implementing seven steps to her true empowerment after sexual trauma through prayer and supplication. Lavinia then discusses the important piece of legislation that bears her name, House Bill 8, the Lavinia Masters Act, and the process of moving this Act through legislature and getting it all the way to the Governor's desk. Finally, Lavinia expounds on her continuing work within the anti-sexual assault movement as a survivor, her expectations for rape kit processing and rape investigation pursuance in the future, and what compelled her to publish her book, A Twist of Hope, which shares her personal story with the world.
63 minutes | 13 days ago
Representing People Where the Law Meets Their Life: How Many Abusers Attempt to Weaponize the Legal System and How Their Victims Can Circumvent the Tactics of Courtroom Abuse
Episode thirteen of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women wraps up our domestic violence series with the Honorable Roberto Cañas, currently in private practice at the law firm of Lisa E. McKnight P.C., and former presiding judge of County Criminal Court #10 in Dallas County. In this episode, Judge Cañas discusses the many different types of abuse that occur in the courtroom, shares previous experiences he has had where abusers have attempted to weaponize the legal system, explores how the defense can aid in the process of litigation abuse, and delves into proposed bills that are currently being reviewed that will combat courtroom abuse. Finally, Judge Cañas expounds on how the current pandemic has shifted his work, and how he continues to work to educate victims so that they are able to circumvent the tactics of courtroom and legal system abuse.
34 minutes | 20 days ago
Without Escape from the Chains of Intimate Partner Violence, No Other Equity Can Exist: Examining the Model of Emergency Response for Victims of Domestic Violence and How the Model Can Be Improved
Episode twelve of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women continues our domestic violence series with the second of two episodes from Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Women's Shelter and Support. In this episode, Jan discusses the current model of emergency response for victims of domestic violence, possible alternatives to emergency shelter for victims, new innovations around emergent responses to domestic violence and how she reimagines the ideal response model for victims. Jan goes on to explore how she plans to implement such a plan, how law enforcement can play a role in such a vision, and what is planned for the future of Genesis Women's Shelter and Support.
50 minutes | a month ago
For the Offender, Abuse Is a Choice: Exploring the Mindset of Domestic Violence Offenders and the Concept of Rehabilitating Offenders Through BIPP and Other Programs
Episode eleven of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women continues our domestic violence series with Dr. Scott Hampton, Director of Ending the Violence. In this episode, Dr. Hampton delves into his work on BIPP (Battering Intervention and Protection Programs). Dr. Hampton explains what attracted him to work with offenders of domestic violence, how he focuses on offenders taking accountability for their actions, and why it can also be important to learn about the offender despite the survivor being the individual forced to live through the trauma. Dr. Hampton then explores the mindsets of offenders, why they are violent toward women, and the differences in the mindsets of offenders of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Finally, Dr. Hampton describes his work with Ending the Violence, the expectations of BIPP, and what are the limitations of what BIPP is able to accomplish.
57 minutes | a month ago
Get Those Scissors Out, and Cut the Sandbags off the Balloon: Navigating the Mind of a Narcissist and How to Spot and Avoid the Red Flags of Narcissistic Behavior
Episode ten of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women continues our domestic violence series with Dr. Ramani Durvasula, licensed clinical psychologist, professor of psychology, and founder of LUNA (Learning/Understanding Narcissistic Abuse) Education, Training & Consulting, LLC. In this episode, Dr. Ramani expounds on the epidemic of narcissism. Dr. Ramani walks us through the mind of a narcissist and how to spot the red flags of narcissistic behavior, explains how narcissism can manifest in relationships, often leading to abuse and domestic violence, and shares how LUNA (Learning/Understanding Narcissistic Abuse) Education, Training & Consulting, LLC. offers consultative services and programs to address a range of issues linked to narcissism.
45 minutes | a month ago
Why Would We Accept Any Kind of Excuse for Abuse: How an Industry Leader Continues to Inspire Change 30 Years into a Career of Advocating for Women
Episode nine of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women kicks off our domestic violence series with one of two episodes with Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Women's Shelter and Support. In this episode, Jan expounds on her 30-year career as a national expert and advocate in efforts to end violence against women. Jan discusses the evolution of Genesis and its programs, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic violence and Genesis, and how the recent winter storm that affected much of North Texas has changed Genesis in ways that never could have been imagined.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
Survivors Will Be Heard and Will Be Seen: The Powerful Story of How Personal Trauma Transformed into Action for an Industry Leader
Episode eight of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women wraps up our human trafficking series with Janet Jensen, Founder and Executive Director of The Jensen Project. In this episode, Janet shares her personal story and how she channeled horrific events into a passion to seek justice against sexual violence. Janet delves into The Jensen Project's current focus on human trafficking, how recent legislation supports the anti-trafficking movement, and how The Jensen Project's GrantTank program has allowed them to strategically partner with other nonprofits to help expand and elevate their work in improving the response to sexual violence and human trafficking.
51 minutes | 2 months ago
True Justice Will Be Unique: Working Toward Justice in the Ever-Changing World of Human Trafficking
Episode seven of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women continues our human trafficking series with Kirsta Melton, Chief Executive Officer of the Institute to Combat Trafficking and the Deputy Criminal Chief of the Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Section of the Attorney General of Texas. In this episode, Kirsta explores the evolution of human trafficking and its scope worldwide, how technology has both helped and hindered efforts to stop human trafficking, her involvement in the takedown of Backpage.com, and how the Institute to Combat Trafficking is working to decrease human trafficking through on-location programs, trainings, and investigation and prosecution assistance.
38 minutes | 2 months ago
Lean on Each Other: Combining Efforts to Eradicate Human Trafficking
Episode six of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women kicks off our human trafficking series with Rochelle Keyhan, Chief Executive Officer of Collective Liberty. In this first episode, Rochelle sheds light on labor trafficking in the U.S. and how it differs from sex trafficking, provides a better understanding of how illicit massage businesses perpetuate labor trafficking, and shares how Collective Liberty is working to decrease labor trafficking around the country through its programs and trainings.
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Transcending Language Barriers: Providing Clinical Services to Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Who Speak a Non-Dominant Language
Episode five of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Ruth Guerreiro, Senior Director of Clinical and Non-Residential Services at Genesis Women's Shelter and Support. In this final episode of the addressing barriers series, we explore how language both hinders and helps to heal trauma, we discuss alternative approaches, including interpreters and culturally specific services for people who are non-English speaking or are blind or deaf, and we examine how Genesis Women's Shelter and Support is addressing these barriers for clients who need advocacy, counseling, and legal services.
48 minutes | 3 months ago
On Eagle's Wings: Elevating Survivors Through Indigenous Solutions
Episode four of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Victoria Ybanez, Executive Director of Red Wind Consulting, Inc., who is a survivor of domestic violence with 30 years of experience serving Indigenous women. In this fourth episode of the addressing barriers series, we explore the alarming rate of domestic violence and sexual assault committed against Indigenous women, the role of historical trauma within their experiences, and how Red Wind and similar organizations are creating culturally specific curriculums and programs that both advance anti-violence movements and benefit Indigenous women in both rural and urban communities.
47 minutes | 3 months ago
Moving the Needle: Violence Against Transgender Women and the Work to Create Inclusive Services and Solutions for the Transgender Community
Episode three of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Dr. Paige Baker-Braxton, Director of In Power Services for Howard Brown Health Center. Paige sheds light on the barriers unique to transgender women, the extremely high rates of violence toward transgender women, and what In Power is doing to move the needle in the right direction for a more holistic approach to harm reduction and trauma-informed care.In this third episode in a series about addressing barriers of survivors of violence, we explore how advocates and organizations can be more inclusive of transgender women in their practices, how we can lessen the stigma and create more acceptance toward the transgender community, and how trans voices can be heard and integrated into solutions.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
Bring Your Folding Chair: Showing Up to Encourage & Create Diversity in Leadership
Episode two of the second season of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women welcomes Megan Simmons, Sr. Policy Attorney for Ujima, Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community. Megan discusses the importance and benefits of having diverse leadership in both appearance and philosophy, how minority groups are continuing to strive for a seat at the proverbial table, and how Ujima, Inc. continues to work to diversify leadership in the provision of services to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.In this second episode in a series addressing barriers to survivors of violence, we explore the barriers faced by women of color, especially Black women, the complications of seeking services when the provider may not have diversity in leadership, and the empowerment we can obtain when we all strive to ensure decision-makers in organizations of service mirror the people they strive to assist. Simmons analogizes her work in creating diverse leadership with a quote from the incomparable Shirley Chisholm, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair."
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Beyond the Hashtag: The Transformation of 'me too.' from Movement to Systemic Change
Season 2 of the Podcast on Crimes Against Women launches with a timely conversation about two of the most well-known words of our time: 'me too.' Dani Ayers, CEO of the 'me too.' Movement breaks down the hashtag, the movement and the transformational power 'me too.' offers survivors of sexual violence. In this first episode of a series addressing barriers to access of services for survivors of sexual violence, we explore the public health crisis of sexual violence, the complications to seeking and receiving help, and the empowerment we can realize when we all work together toward creating systemic change. Ayers offers us a vision of the future where survivors and the whole community can use their own influence to advance the anti-sexual violence movement. This episode is complete with history of the hashtag, the movement, the barriers for survivors and action steps you can take today and into the future, as Ayers empowers us to "go far and go together."
5 minutes | 3 months ago
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36 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 14 - Navigating Justice for Women in Indian Country
It is well-documented that women in tribal communities experience a significantly higher rate of domestic violence and human trafficking throughout the United States. To confront that reality, tribal communities have established organizations dedicated to understanding and implementing the law to better protect women and prevent these criminal acts. Another approach to supporting and empowering tribal women is through advocacy organizations like the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition- a statewide tribal coalition and a national tribal technical assistance provider, providing support, advocacy, and activities that utilize traditional teaching and other cultural strengths to encourage healing, build resilience, and counter the normalization of violence against tribal women. Joining the conversation is Nicole Matthews. Nicole is Anishinabe from the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, where she has been employed since 2002. MIWSAC is a statewide Tribal Coalition and a national Tribal Technical Assistance Provider. Nicole was one of five researchers who interviewed 105 Native women used in prostitution and trafficking for their report: Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota. She has spoken at statewide, tribal, and national venues on sexual violence, sex trafficking, and the intersections of racism and oppression. Content warnings for this episode include: sexual violence, abuse
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 13 - Survivor Leadership
Survivors of abuse, exploitation and human trafficking are beginning to find their voices as public speakers, authors, advocates and experts in the field. An emerging role with increasing benefits to healing and survival is that of the survivor leader. Historically, survivors of other tragic experiences have often made the best teachers and also the most effective healers, so it stands to reason that the model of survivor as coach, counselor, educator or advocate is a valuable approach for the healing of victims of human trafficking and many other forms of abuse. To explore this topic we talk with two survivor leaders – Rebecca Bender and Christine Cesa - who are actively working with victims, law enforcement, government agencies and more. Rebecca Bender is the founder and CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative. She is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert on human trafficking who escaped nearly six years of modern-day slavery evolving into an author, speaker, trainer and leader in human trafficking. Christine Cesa is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters in Intercultural Studies with Children at Risk who serves as survivor advocate with CAST LA and Dignity Health responding to victims of violence and providing emergency services to survivors of human trafficking in the healthcare system. A survivor of commercial sexual exploitation of children, specifically familial trafficking, Christine is a survivor leader whose work includes training, curriculum development and partnering with anti-trafficking organizations in Los Angeles. Content warnings for this episode include sexual abuse
41 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 12 - Why Labels Matter: The Dangers of Casual Diagnoses in Abusive Relationships
Labeling is the act of identifying and naming a person’s behavior based loosely on information obtained by unreliable sources, usually those found on social media rather than through evaluation and diagnosis from mental health clinicians. When labeling intersects with behaviors from abusers in cases of domestic violence, a pseudo-diagnosis can follow, leaving victims of domestic violence to sacrifice their own safety for the presumed mental health needs of their abuser. Terms such as narcissist and “sociopath” are often diluted through pop-psychology leading to an increase in labeling, empathy for the abuser, and risk for victims. We talk today with Julie Owens, a victim advocate who survived the domestic violence of attempted murder. For three decades she has consulted and trained nationally and internationally for organizations, governments, and professionals. She created a domestic violence crisis team for ERs and a transitional shelter before directing DV trauma therapy research at the National Center for PTSD. Julie consults and trains independently for organizations including the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Human Trafficking Center, and Bank of America. Her focus is survivor-centered, trauma informed victim advocacy in secular and faith-based settings. Content warnings for this episode include abuse, physical and sexual violence
45 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 11 - Bringing Justice to the Community: A Holistic Approach
Coordinated Community Response (CCR) is a systemic, multi-layered approach to domestic violence that employs collaborative and integrated service delivery. In recent years, more and more agencies and states have adopted the CCR approach in order to improve outcomes in cases of domestic violence and sexual assault.It seems like a basic idea—communities who work together to close gaps in their systemic response to domestic violence will see greater justice for victims and accountability for offenders. In practice, though, developing this type of systemic approach takes constant compromise, creative thinking, and always putting the victim’s needs at the center of everyone’s approach.The official term for this type of system—in which all the players are working together as they should—is a Coordinated Community Response, or CCR. Ellen Pence, one of the leading minds in the domestic violence movement, coined the CCR approach many years ago, and since then, countless communities across the US have implemented CCRs and drastically changed the way victims and offenders interact with the criminal justice system.Today we explore the CCR concept including the model in Harris County, Texas and, more specifically, the value of the sexual assault nurse examiner role with the CCR. Our guests are Carvana Cloud and Dr. Khara Breeden, experts in the fields of coordinated community response (CCR) and forensic nursing programs. Carvana Cloud is a former prosecutor and the executive director of Community Empowerment Solutions, a legal services collaborative designed to support and empower victims and communities affected by crime. Dr. Khara Breeden is a registered nurse who serves as the executive director of the Harris County Forensic Nurse Examiners and is actively engaged in a large number boards related to strangulation and crimes against women. Content warnings for this episode include: physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse, child abuse
37 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 10 - Why Doesn't She Leave? An Officer's Perspective on Domestic Violence
Often the first responders to domestic violence scenes that range from puzzling to tragic, the job of law enforcement requires a range of skills to implement a spectrum of responses. We talk today with a veteran officer who specializes in domestic violence investigation and has dedicated his life’s work to confronting the crime that influenced his own life.Our guest today is Mark Wynn, 21-year member of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department who served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division and as a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for fifteen years. A trainer, advocate and specialist in the field of domestic violence for law enforcement, Mark Wynn is the recipient of no less that 121 commendations and 51 awards for his work, including the 1995 National Improvement of Justice Award and the 1998 Nashvillian of the Year Award. Content warnings for this episode include: physical violence and abuse
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