April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 18, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

Sexual violence has emotionally and physically scarred the lives of millions of people in the U.S.—of all ages, economic groups and races. And, it's not just the primary victims of this crime who are affected, but the secondary victims as well (spouses, children, parents and friends). Since 2001, April has been declared National Sexual Assault Awareness Month in order to increase awareness about this issue, encourage prevention iniatives and increase knowledge of what services are available to aid survivors. This week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone interviews Lauren Sogor, from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the nation’s principal resource center for activism on all aspects of sexual violence throughout the month (and the rest of the year as well). If you’d like to find out how you can make a difference this April (it’s never too late!) or what activities are going on in your local area, don’t miss this 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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