Earlier this fall, I had the pleasure of appearing on a podcast hosted by Cheri Roberts. The show, called “Challenging the Rhetoric,” is an interesting weekly show in which Roberts leads “an engaging analysis of the week’s current news and events.”
Recently, Roberts has created a spin-off program called “A Sickness of Silence,” a special ongoing series in which Roberts and childhood friend Kim Lakin lead a roundtable discussion on the challenging and disturbing topic of child sexual abuse. Roberts and Lakin are both themselves survivors of child sexual abuse and are committed to promoting an open and effective conversation about this difficult but important topic.
Last night (November 5) was the premier episode of the Sickness of Silence roundtable discussion, and I had the honor of joining a number of interesting guests on the show. You can listen to the podcast (or download it) from the Blog Talk Radio Web site.
The other members of the panel included:
- Hosts Cheri Roberts and Kim Lakin;
- Sue Shugarts, the show’s social media manager and researcher;
- Michael Skinner, a New Hampshire-based musician and child sexual abuse survivor;
- Joy Bruckner, child sex abuse survivor;
- Christopher M. Anderson, a child sexual abuse survivor and Executive Director of MaleSurvivor, an organization devoted to helping boys and men overcome sexual victimization; and
- Dr. Sarah D. Goode, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and author of Paedophiles in Society: Reflecting on Sexuality, Abuse and Hope
It was a powerful and highly informative conversation, and I am looking forward to the next edition of the roundtable on December 3, 2015 at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern.