Special Encore Presentation: Healing through Determination and Healing Through Creativity

November 5, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

Today’s program focuses on the healing odyssey of some inspiring people and their struggles with the consequences of sexual assault and trauma, using a combination of traditional and non-traditional methods. First up, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone interviews George Robertson, director of the Healing through Creativity Survivor Art Festival, and some of the Festival participants, about how creativity and the arts can repair your soul. Then hear how sexual assault survivor Gina Cotroneo, recently featured on the TV show The Shark Tank, went from survivor to thriver. Gina’s last words to her rapist-at his sentencing-were: "When you raped me on the morning of June 19 [1997], you took a piece of my soul that…I've been grieving for and missing for two years. As I'm standing here looking in your eyes, I take it back for me…and I've spent about enough of my time on you." This is an uplifting show about some of the most powerful healing forces in the universe.

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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