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Blackbird: An Advocacy Podcast supports and advocates for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and other forms of abuse. No one should go through this alone.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.3 • 35 Ratings

Blackbird: An Advocacy Podcast supports and advocates for victims of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and other forms of abuse. No one should go through this alone.

    Episode 50 - My Survivor Story

    Episode 50 - My Survivor Story

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and today, to close out this month, I felt I would bring you an incredibly important story to me. You all have empowered me to finally speak my truth and share my survivor story. This is why I advocate.
    A special thank you to all who participated in sharing "Why I Advocate" for this episode. 
    And an extra special thank you to Rosebud Ireland for lending us her beautiful song Sister Survivors for this episode.
    RAINN.org | 1-800-656-4673
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    • 23 min
    Episode 49 - The Murder of Kristin Smart

    Episode 49 - The Murder of Kristin Smart

    In May of 1996, California Polytechnic freshman Kristin Smart attended a birthday party for a friend on campus. She was walked back to her dorm by Paul Flores, never to be seen or heard from again. Flores had been suspected in her murder since the beginning, but hardly any evidence could prove Kristin was even dead. New developments have led to Flores' arrest and new information about his past. Find out more in this episode.
    RAINN.org | 1-800-656-4673
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    References:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/09/07/kristin-smart-vanished-in-1996-authorities-say-she-may-be-buried-on-her-college-campus/
    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/crime/article100287482.html
    https://www.recordnet.com/article/20070524/A_NEWS/705240316
    https://calcoastnews.com/2020/02/paul-flores-detained-in-disappearance-of-kristin-smart/
    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/04/14/us/kristin-smart-case-district-attorney/index.html
    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/paul-flores-suspect-in-kristin-smart-case-was-subject-of-redondo-beach-rape-investigation-14-years-ago/
    https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article250978094.html
    https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-04-27/kristin-smart-paul-flores-la-sexual-assault-claims

    • 28 min
    Episode 48 - The 'Jeans Alibi'

    Episode 48 - The 'Jeans Alibi'

    Today, April 28, 2021 marks another Denim Day. Hear all about the case that sparked this movement (and the absurd 'Jeans Alibi') and why it is so important to wear your denim today!
    https://www.rcne.com/contact/countries/italy/ | +39 055 602311 (violence against women); + 39 055 601375 (violence against children) | http://www.artemisiacentroantiviolenza.it/
    RAINN.org | 1-800-656-4673
    bytesize.me/blackbirdadvocacy
     
    References:
    https://www.denimdayinfo.org/history
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/italians-protest-rape-ruling/
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/277881.stm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denim_Day
     

    • 20 min
    Episode 47 - The Death of Brandon Dye

    Episode 47 - The Death of Brandon Dye

    Brandon Lee Dye was born November 4, 1988. From what I could find on his Facebook page it seemed he had struggled with addiction for a long while and he acknowledged that he had a lot of grief and trauma that he needed to work through and alluded to his drug use being caused by this trauma. On the night of July 15, 2019, in Virginia, Brandon was at home in with his girlfriend, Megan Anne Walthall. Find out what happened that night and why we discuss this case during SAAM.
    RAINN.org | 1-800-656-4673
    bytesize.me/blackbirdadvocacy
     
    References:
    https://nypost.com/2021/03/04/woman-sentenced-for-sexually-abusing-boyfriend-as-he-died/
    https://www.foundandsons.com/obituaries/Brandon-Dye/#!/Obituary
    https://martinsvillebulletin.com/news/state-and-regional/fredericksburg-woman-gets-16-years-in-prison-for-abusing-boyfriend-before-he-died-of-overdose/article_4ab9fa82-e6f7-55fc-9666-8cc096f167af.html
    https://potomaclocal.com/2012/10/25/girl-told-father-about-slaying-mother/
    https://www.foundandsons.com/obituaries/Brenda-Dye/#!/Obituary

    • 25 min
    Minisode 25 - Manhattan DA to Not Prosecute Sex Work

    Minisode 25 - Manhattan DA to Not Prosecute Sex Work

    The Manhattan, NY, DA has decided his office will no longer prosecute sex workers following suit behind a few other jurisdictions in the US. Find out what this means for sex workers and johns.
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    Reference:
    https://www.npr.org/2021/04/21/989588072/a-relic-and-burden-manhattan-district-attorney-to-stop-prosecuting-prostitution

    • 14 min
    Episode 46 - Convicted Rapist Reynhard Sinaga

    Episode 46 - Convicted Rapist Reynhard Sinaga

    In June 2017, Manchester graduate student Reynhard Sinaga was arrested on 136 counts of rape of young men around Manchester. He was ultimately convicted of all counts for drugging and raping these young men. Hear about this resilience of these survivors and how Sinaga's case helped so many more young men come forward about their sexual assaults.
    bytesize.me/blackbirdadvocacy
    rainn.org | 1-800-656-4673
    supportline.org.uk | 01708 765200
     
    References:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50688975
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-50987823
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/25/friends-flatmates-reynhard-sinaga

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

d3s3rtpunk ,

Informative and far from boring

Having taken a break from true crimes podcasts, I was hesitant to get sucked back in, but this is a bit different than the usual ones-I love the stories lined with a psychological take. I also appreciate the desire to bring light to less known stories as awareness is so important!

News Guy 3000 ,

Great information!

A huge fan, they always provide great information on true crime and psychology. Other podcasts seem like they are Wikipedia Doctors and Reddit Specialist, but Blackbird is real deal.

Martha's Foolish Ginger ,

Important

Sometimes I find myself inspired, sometimes I’m cursing the injustice. This podcast gets to the heart of issues facing women, POC and the LGBT community through intense storytelling. I highly recommend listening to this engaging series!

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