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NEWSTALK SPECIAL - Criminal Sexual Conduct: What Needs To Change?

portrait: Nesbary
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Connie Nesbary International LLC
Connie Nesbary, Host

Beginning Mon., Apr. 2, WKAR NewsTalk presents Criminal Sexual Conduct: What Needs To Change? in four daily one hour installments from 11am-noon, through Thu., Apr. 5 on  NewsTalk AM 870/105.1 FM.

Through conversations with survivors and experts from across the U.S., this four-part radio documentary series explores solutions to the pandemic of criminal sexual conduct. Hosted by Connie Nesbary.

Producer and host Nesbary is a graduate of Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

Nesbary says the series seeks to "raise awareness of the issues, promote compassion through understanding, and encourage conversations in communities about what changes need to be made so that all are safer from criminal sexual conduct."

Topics and guests

Mon. Apr. 2

Survivor Healing Journeys features Donna Jenson, activist, and author of Healing My Life from Incest to Joy; Bill Murray, founder of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse; Sarah Hodges, Owner of Innerform, Inc. and founder of the Beautiful Shame Campaign; and Rachel Thompson, owner of BadRedHead Media and author of Broken Places and Broken Pieces.

Tue. Apr. 3

Changing our Language and Culture features Attorney Rebecca O'Connor, Vice President of Public Policy at RAINN; Sunshine O'Connor, survivor and author of books in the Damsel in Defense line; and Ebony Tucker, JD, Advocacy Director at the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

Wed. Apr. 4

Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness and Changing Perspectives features Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Executive Director of the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); Lindsey Ross, a survivor of incest and trafficking; and Caleb Probst, Education Manager for CAASE. 

Thu. Apr. 5

Law Enforcement and Legislation featuring Sharyn Lynn Anderson-Campbell, former corrections officer and police officer, and author of The Cry No One Heard; Bryan Derr, advocate and survivor; Wendy Guidry, national speaker and survivor; and Senator Steven Bieda of Michigan representing District 9.

Criminal Sexual Conduct: What Needs To Change? is a co-production of WUVS-LP and Connie Nesbary International LLC.

More info at connienesbary.com/documentary.

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