Safety Plan For An Unsafe World
September 20, 2019
Hosted by Annette Smith and Myrna Thatcher
On September 13th two survivors of intimate partner violence were our guests. “I might be fat, ugly, stupid and worthless but even I don’t deserve this.” These were her thoughts as her spouse jammed a double barrel shotgun to her throat. The second guest recalls that years of abuse by the hands of men caused her to believe that is what she deserved. She was molested as a little girl, raped, sodomized, beaten, choked and had a rifle held to her head. Obviously, they both escaped the abuse and are now advocates for victims. Is name calling or constant criticism or demeaning remarks about the partner’s body or appearance abuse? How do you identify your abuse? What is a Safety Plan and how do I develop one? What do I say to my children for them to protect themselves? How do I get a protection order and what happens after I get one? Do I need a lawyer? We are going to share the nuts and bolts of intimate partner abuse and what you can do to break away from this unsafe environment.
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We give a voice to the voiceless, to those who can't or won't speak out for themselves. We speak up for the rights of all those who are poor and needy. These include people who are and have been sexually abused, who are and have been physically abused, who are suffering with addictions, who are in unhealthy relationships, who are bullied and are the bullies, who are suffering from mental illness, who are deemed by society as unloveable and who feel hopeless. Our social services are overworked and understaffed, so when people are being abused or are in difficult life situations, many times they feel they are not heard. Our program provides a platform for their voices, suggestions for the situations and hope for tomorrow. Often times a person just needs someone to listen. With the right understanding and by opening up to someone who has similar life experiences, one can see there is hope. Life doesn't have to end. You can embrace and trust someone one small step at a time.
Annette Smith and Myrna Thatcher
Myrna Thatcher, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been in private practice for 23 years. Seventeen of those years she has partnered with Annette Smith who is Certified in Adlerian Psychology and is a Lay Christian Advisor. Annette's life experiences intertwined with Myrna's professional training create a unique healing experience for clients. Together they authored a book which details Annette's horrendous childhood and the long journey of how God turned her curse into a blessing. When you walk alongside sexually abused children who crawl in your lap, cry and tell you their stories, or you have an adult sit in your office, look in your face, call you a friend, then walk out and shoot himself, it gives you enough experience to know what you are looking at. We have had years of practice of talking to people who are so low, broken and hopeless, that we have to literally reach down and pull them from death's door. Sometimes you take off your professional mask and cry with the client, letting them know you are a human being who cares. The reason we are doing this show is to let everyone know that someone cares. There is a lifeline who they can call. Grab us. We'll listen. We'll talk with you and give you the hope you need. Some of these words are also coming from a person who tried to commit suicide three times, who was on her last hope and also had to reach out and finally found someone who would reach back. We have a Mighty God who will speak the words through us.