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Melva LaJoy Legrand joins us this week to share her story, how her healing journey started, shares what helped her along the way, as well as gives our listeners tips on what we can do to help those in our lives. For more information on Melva, please head to her Instagram or her website: https://www.lajoyplans.com/! Stay up to date with our episodes…
 
We all know it is important to set boundaries but sometimes it can be difficult. This week we sit down with the Director of Project Safe at Vanderbilt to discuss assertiveness and how we can use it to help start to set boundaries. For more on Cara and her books, find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or on her website at Caratuttlebell.com! …
 
Sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANEs, are vital in helping victims of sexual assault. This week, we sit down with Brooke Gomez and SANE Lindsey Bulgrien to discuss what SANE's are, why they are important, and how to become one. For more information on how to become a SANE, check out forensicnurses.org! For more about the Sexual Assault Center o…
 
Most of us want to be kind and respectful of others, yet one-third of us admit we have a hard time seeing another's point of view. How can we learn to do that? Well this week we sat down with Rob Volpe, CEO of Ignite 360 and author of "Let's Talk About That: Solving the Empathy Crisis One Conversation at a Time", to discuss empathy, what it is, and…
 
Conversations on grief can be difficult, so we brought in Grief Connoisseur, Jessi Lestelle of Good Grief, Jessi LLC to share her expertise! Join us as we laugh and cry discussing grief and healing! To follow Jessi and listen to her podcast, check out her website, Goodgriefjessi.com, and find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok! Stay up to date…
 
Florida is, along with many other states in the US, working on implementing a bill that would harm LGBTQIA+ youth. This week we sat down with Executive Director of Great Lakes Bay Pride, Scott Ellis, and Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Michigan LGBTQ Project, Jay Kaplan, to discuss what this bill is and what are some of the potential impacts of the …
 
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month! This week our hosts sit down with Lauren Pauwels, a child therapist, to discuss the impacts of teen dating violence and what steps we can take to help mitigate its effects. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and please email any ques…
 
A barrier to doing prevention is often that people don't fully understand what prevention can look like as a preventionist. This week we are back the Tim Mousseau to discuss what prevention looks on a personal level and we share some tips on things we wish new before doing prevention work. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by followi…
 
Shawn, had the opportunity to sit down with Reverend Jason Evans from Saginaw First Free Methodist Church to discuss violence prevention and how those of the Free Methodist faith can use its teachings to help building safer and stronger communities and relationships. You can find Jason and his church here on Facebook, and Twitter. Stay up to date w…
 
Sexual Violence Prevention has long been viewed as a woman's issue. That is changing yet it is still a challenge to engage men in prevention work. This episode we sit down with Tim Mousseau to discuss what barriers there are to engaging men and how we can work toward breaking those barriers. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by follo…
 
This week we sit down with Renee Courier Aumock, a survivor and advocate, to discuss her story! We dive into her experiences, her healing journey, and what helped her reach where she is now! The book her story is included in "She Wins 2" can be purchased here. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, an…
 
Cindy Arevalo is a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of one of her teachers. She recently released her book "Living in Silence: Finding My Voice, Claiming My Freedom" to break the silence she ones lived in. In breaking the silence, Cindy tells how she found her voice and claimed her freedom, inviting others to do the same and take back control …
 
Sometimes we don't always use the right language or know what words to use. This week our hosts discuss why the words we use are important and what we can do when we inevitably use the wrong ones. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and please email any questions or feedback to Touch…
 
Abuse can a difficult thing to understand, especially for people who haven't experienced it. This week we dive into a discussion on that theories are available to help people understand abuse and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and please …
 
With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we felt it was time to revisit the basics of domestic violence! Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and please email any questions or feedback to TouchySubjectsPodcast@gmail.com. If you or someone you know wants assistance please …
 
Conversations around domestic violence are often framed with men as the perpetrators but that isn't always the case. This week we sat down with Michael Beakhouse to discuss his audio drama "Tulips" that challenges audience stereotypes when it comes to domestic violence. Find "Tulips" the audio drama here: bit.ly/Tulipsdrama And be sure to follow Mi…
 
Sexual assault is often framed as happening only to women, which couldn't be farther from the truth. This week we are joined but John Krotec as he shares his story of victimization, his journey toward healing, and we discuss how "traditional masculinity" plays a barrier role in healing for male victims. For more information on John and the amazing …
 
Domestic and sexual violence impact everyone but certain things about us can create different and unique vulnerabilities to it. This week, our hosts discuss disability and how disabilities add unique challenges to those experiencing domestic or sexual violence. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, a…
 
With the Olympics coming to a close, our hosts tackle to topic of women in sports, how they are represented, discussed, and treated simply for being women in sports. Find the Respect Her Game report we mention this week HERE. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and please email any q…
 
In some form or fashion, sexual trauma might be a part of many of our lives. Healing that sexual trauma can be difficult but not impossible. Susan Bratton shares with us this week, a view point on healing sexual trauma that many might find useful! Links to resources: Soul Mate Embrace Magic Pill Method Sexual Soulmate Pact Find Susan on Facebook, T…
 
Often when we discuss sexual trauma, we focus on trauma stemming from an assault. Yet sexual trauma can exist in all of us! Today we are joined by intimacy expert Susan Bratton to discuss the different kinds of sexual trauma and how these can impact our sex lives. Find Susan on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information on Susan work, h…
 
Fiction gives us the ability to gain understandings of things we may not have experienced or help those who have have discussions about them. This week we sit down with Reyna Marder Gentin, a retired appellate attorney turned author, to discuss how her fictional writing helps readers gain a real world understanding of the issues her stories discuss…
 
No one wants to admit they have a bias against someone else, yet we all have them. We start to see problems when we allows those biases to dictate how we interact with others. This week we are joined by Megan Sweet to discuss implicit bias and what steps we can all take to overcoming our own biases. Find Megan on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, a…
 
Why do they stay? The question that so many victims and survivors of domestic violence have heard and many continue to hear. Today our hosts with guest Sonia Frontera discuss what abuse looks like and attempt to answer that very question, why do victims stay? For more information on Sonia and her work, check out her website here at https://www.soni…
 
Rape culture is a term is thrown around a lot but hardly is there ever any definition given. This week our hosts discuss what rape culture is, how it plays out in our society, and how we can ALL work toward combating it. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TouchySubsPod, on Twitte…
 
Sexual assault impacts all communities, but there are differences that each community faces as well. This week we sit down with Dr. Lisa Smith to discuss how sexual assault is treated in the black community as well as the barriers that black victims might face. Find Dr. Lisa Smith at https://right2consent.com/ or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter…
 
With the pandemic lasting for over a year, we have all changed how we do things and that might mean we are all spending more time than ever online. This week our hosts discuss digital safety for parents to gain a better understanding of the things their children may experience online. For more information visit https://pcar.org/online-safety-childr…
 
March is Women's History Month so we decided we should take some time to discuss women's history, some highs and lows, and what the women's movement means for our work. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TouchySubsPod, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/touchysubspod, on Instagram…
 
While all stories of domestic violence are different, they all have one thing in common; the person doing the abusing has a desire for power or control. Today, Jamie shares her story with us as well as how writing her book, The Pink Blanket, helped her. You can find her book for purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Pink-Blanket-J-Lynn-Ady Stay up …
 
February is the month of love and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month so what better time for our hosts to discuss teen dating abuse and ways that parents can help make sure their teens learn how to receive and give love to their partners in a healthy manner! Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://w…
 
Many of us know what it's like to work somewhere or talk to someone who wasn't quite as empathetic as we needed them to be, which is why we have brought back Katharine Manning to discuss empathy and how workplaces can becomes a bit more empathetic. We also discuss Katharine's new book, The Empathetic Workplace, which is available for purchase Febru…
 
I always feel like somebodies watching me. While a catchy song from Michael Jackson, it is also one of my things that some to mind when people think about stalking. January is Stalking Awareness Month and as such, our hosts discuss stalking and some myths around it, as well as provide useful information for those who may have experienced stalking. …
 
2020 was a rough year for everyone. We all experienced different levels of hardships and trauma over the past year so we invited Katharine Manning, someone very experienced working with others in having discussions on trauma, to share with our listeners ways we can process and move forward with the year that was 2020. For more on Katharine Manning,…
 
When we are raising kids, we hope that we give them the tools they need to grow up to be safe, yet it seems like teaching kids about consent and boundaries is a challenge. But, it doesn't have to be! This week we sit down with the author of "Raising Kids to Understand Consent", Lauren Carlson to discuss what parents can do over the course of their …
 
Often when we talk about boundaries and consent, we frame that discussion around sex. Yet, consent and boundaries impact every interaction we have with others. This week we discuss boundaries in the frame of COVID-19 and how to have discussions with others about our boundaries. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Fac…
 
We know the holidays can be stressful, especially for those who have experienced domestic or sexual violence or other traumas from family members. Knowing that, this week we discuss self care during the holiday season. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TouchySubsPod, on Twitter …
 
One of our hosts, Ally, is getting married next week so we decided to take some time to discuss our top 5 weddings and relationships in television. With the way the country is right now and how we often also talk about unhealthy or abusive relationships, we thought talking about love and celebrating it is just we all need right now! Stay up to date…
 
It's the most wonderful time of year; spooky season! With people enjoying horror movies more this time of year, we felt it was important to discuss some of the common horror movie tropes and how those tropes impact domestic violence. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TouchySubsP…
 
True crime is a huge part of media consumption today but the viewers and listeners of true crime are far more often female than male. Today, we discuss why that might be to help shine some light on the reasons why women just love true crime so much. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook…
 
Being the hot button topic human trafficking currently is, we decided this week to take some common myths around trafficking and set the record straight. We also discuss the spread of misinformation on trafficking and how it can actually harm the advocacy work that is already being done. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following…
 
Human Trafficking has become kind of a buzz word lately and we figured it was time for us to add our two cents to help sift through the misinformation. This week we discuss Human Trafficking, its prevalence, how it can happen, and some things you can do to help. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https:/…
 
We are exposed to media messages everyday and it is important for us to understand those messages. This week, our hosts discuss masculinity in media and talk about how different forms of masculinity are presented and how healthy or unhealthy they can be. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.fac…
 
When men feel forced to live up to stereotypical views of what it means to be a man, it can lead to many different health outcomes. This week we discuss how masculinity, when men feel forced to live a certain way or take masculine traits too far, impacts the health of men, women, and our communities as a whole. Stay up to date with our episodes and…
 
Men often feel as though they have to live up to certain standards in our society. This is what would define their masculinity and while there is nothing inherently wrong with the traits of masculinity, when they are taken to the extreme, that is when they become unhealthy. This week we discuss masculinity and what healthy and unhealthy masculinity…
 
For some of us it is easy to find good representation in media. For others, they have to look very hard to find accurate representations of who they are. Today, we discuss LGBTQ+ representation in media and what that representation often looks like. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook…
 
Abuse can happen in any relationship and while there are many similarities in these abusive relationships, members of the LGBTQ+ community may face certain abusive behaviors that might not be present in straight relationships. This week, we discuss what some of those behaviors might look like. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by fol…
 
Pride Month is upon us and this week our hosts explain the history of Pride and help those of us who aren't members of the LGTBQ+ community start to gain an understanding of the different facets of the LGBTQ+ community. We also recognize that, as people who are not members of the LGBTQ+ community, we are not the most equipped to speak on this topic…
 
Recently the Department of Education released their new guidelines for Title IX. This week our hosts point out some of the major changes and discuss how these new guidelines could impact victims or survivors of sexual assault on college campuses. Know Your IX information: https://www.knowyourix.org/college-resources/hands-off-ix/ Know Your IX Fact …
 
Raising a child comes with a ton of challenges. In this episode, our hosts discuss how to help guide children, from infants all the way up to teenagers, on healthily developing into sexual beings. We hope this episode helps take away some of the awkward feelings that come up when discussing this topic. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenin…
 
Every parent wants to make sure that they are doing what is best for their kids but some of those conversations can get awkward. Luckily our hosts are here to help you! This week our host discuss how to talk about body safety and consent with kids. Stay up to date with our episodes and happenings by following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.…
 
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