Points With Purpose: From Thousands of Tragic Events, a Beautiful Drawing is Born

April 4, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

Celebrity artist DAVID ILAN is creating a portrait from 100,000 individual dots (or points)—each one representing a person who has been raped or sexually abused. Up close, the dots don't look like much; but from afar, you see a portrait of a beautiful, confident woman who has overcome and grown. To kick off Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone interviews David about his drawing and website, www.pointswithpurpose.com, which has become a supportive haven where survivors can use their real name or an alias and talk about their attack (many for the first time), their pain AND their recovery. Internet forums are one more proven tool in the healing arsenal and here, no one is alone in the struggle. It's free to join and get a dot; it's for both men and women; and friends and supporters of survivors can get a dot on the sheet supporting the figure. You're not going to want to miss this moving, uplifting show.

Crime Prevention 101

Crime Prevention 101

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Welcome to Crime Prevention 101, the Personal Safety radio show with an optimistic perspective on a sober subject. Get set for personal safety stories that demand to be heard whether heartbreaking, infuriating or just plain weird; learn about hot crime topics and people who are making the headlines; and find out about the trends and legal developments that are going to impact your life, either positively or negatively, in the future. Most importantly, be empowered and inspired by success stories about people who've fought off an attacker or deterred a crime. You’ll also get a chance to address your own personal safety concerns, either by phone or e-mail. So, tune in to “Crime Prevention 101.” It'd be a crime not to listen!

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Susan Bartelstone

Susan Bartelstone

Talking the talk because she's walked the walk! Years ago, Susan Bartelstone had a bad break-up with a guy, complete with physical and emotional bruises, and determined to learn how to protect herself. Today, she's a certified Crime Prevention Specialist and personal safety expert, with 17 years combined training in WWII Combatives, self defense and martial arts. Along the way, she deterred five extremely dangerous criminal encounters, fought her way out of a surprise attack and, for more than 18 years, from such organizations as American Express, the U.S. Post Office and the Livery Cab Owners Coalition of New York.. Author of Think Fast and Prevent a Violent Crime: How to Respond to Danger in 20 Seconds (or Less!), which is based on her own experiences, she’s been featured in a long and varied list of media, including the “Today Show,” “America’s Most Wanted” and Self Magazine.

Over the years, she’s helped thousands of people solve their personal safety dilemmas with her personal safety programs and her practical advice—which stresses the many opportunities you have to avoid or defuse a criminal encounter and how to use your brains instead of your muscles in a fight.

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