Episode 147

Episode 147

Update: 2019-09-2834
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Sexual child abuse is so widespread that the numbers are astounding. We seem to forget that the threat is omnipresent and can come in the form of another troubled child with little to no parental supervision. Girls are typically more pretected, more sheltered from these sorts of dangers, but when this sort of abuse happens to a boy the repressed shame, guilt and anger can last a lifetime.

Do you have a personal story to tell about your experience with sexual abuse, physical/psychological abuse, or domestic violence? Tell others like you about it on SurvivingThis.com.

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Shannon Bergholm

I want to thank the man in this episode.. I know it's difficult but by you talking about your abuse you are helping someone else come forward. I thank you for sharing your story, your pain, your anger and your sadness. you my friend, are an amazing person!

Oct 9th
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California PC 187

thank you. so many boys were, are and have been preyed upon mercilessly and stayed quiet and suffered tremendously because of the shame and guilt of having been perpetrated on by pedophiles. The Atari really struck a chord with me in that my boyfriend was one of many teenage boys in southern california who was stalked and preyed upon by two "upstanding" men of the Manhattan Beach, CA community in the 80s. Roger and Steve. Their fancy house had a big screen tv, Atari, plus games, any drug a kid might want... they kept the game systems updated, of course, with the times.... crack was a lure that worked best at that time. imagine? they stalked him for a year at the liqour store he stocked shelves in in redondo beach, collected data on him, introduced themselves to his grandmother and gained her trust...then made their move. Knowing that he had a mostly absent father who was in the military and always stationed out of state, they approached his grandmother with an invitation to take him water skiing and do things with him that his dad was not doing with him, etc. she fell for it and he was very excited to get to go water skiing like he had heard of so many of his classmates getting to do over the years. he was lonely, shy, vulnerable. he freaked the fuck out when they exposed their true intentions to him during the trip, but they planted a seed in his head regarding how they would reward him very well monetarily if he ever changed his mind. shortly thereafter he became hooked on crack cocaine. long story short, they humiliated, exploited and threatened to expose him daily....and when he turned 17, they told him he was "too old" but they would pay him to recruit "soft" 15 and 16 boys. His buddies who had suspicions about his relationship to those creeps took to calling him "less than bret" on accounta the movie less than zero.... anyway, bret has run into a few of the guys over the years that he "recruited" for roger and steve in jails and prisons and the shame he has felt over what was perpetrated on him being exasperated upon seeing somebody fucked up and institutionalized like him that he introduced to those jerks. Roger and Steve are still at large, destroying lives. Fucken Steve even sought Bret out on facebook recently and sent bret pics he had of him taken in his first year in the us army. on the one hand, thanks for the photos that might have been lost to bret forever. on the other hand, fucken ewe, how dare the dude have the nerve to even begin to think it is ok to contact a nan who was once a boy he sexually abused as a teen. roger and steve are not the only predators of their kind, i am certain. they are everywhere and boys and men need to hear from another man the truth of what happened to them in regards to sexual abuse so they can know they are not alone and that there is help and recovery available to get through the pain

Oct 2nd
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Samantha Derman

prOtected*

Oct 1st
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DeeleyNa

Thanks Mike-I haven't been affected by sexual abuse but I know others who have had intense trauma in their early lives. Just like you stated-it's important that people know they are NOT broken, they are NOT alone, and there ARE people out there who want to help. Keep up the good work, I have another level of respect for you after this episode.

Sep 30th
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J Leigh Mash

Thank you for this episode..... I really thought I was over this same thing..... was I wrong....

Sep 30th
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Rodney Dean

about time. What the hell took so long with this episode?

Sep 29th
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Alison Wonderland

if you're expecting a murder mystery, you're going to be disappointed. 😴

Sep 29th
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Hilla Adams

My heart 💔

Sep 29th
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