Crime Victims Who’ve Turned Their Lives Around and Now Inspire Others

December 24, 2009
Hosted by Susan Bartelstone

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Episode Description

This week, Crime Prevention Specialist Susan Bartelstone introduces you to four courageous people who've been victims of terrible crimes, but went on to thrive and are helping others do the same. These are stories of strength, determination and encouragement. So, get comfortable in your chair, grab something warm to drink and meet Art Hanson, who after being burglarized founded the Nation of Neighbors which provides tools to help catch burglars and prevent burglaries; incest and assault survivor Vicki Polin who founded The Awareness Center of the International Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse & Assault to help survivors of these crimes (especially those committed by Jewish religious leaders); Polly Franks of the Franks Foundation, who, by herself, captured the serial pedophile who molested her two children—even though she’s wheelchair-bound; and Lavoyed Hudgins who became a caring police officer after witnessing the murder of this father during a botched robbery. Be inspired.

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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