41 episodes

I turned around to see a masked man pointing a gun at me. It was just the beginning of a series of events, including robbery and abduction, which changed my life forever. I Need Blue, hosted by Jen Lee, is a podcast series featuring real-life stories from survivors of trauma. Unbelievable and eventful, the stories expose not only underground crimes, but those happening next door. I Need Blue supports our law enforcement. We recognize their essential need to our communities.

I Need Blue Jennifer Lee

    • True Crime
    • 4.6 • 19 Ratings

I turned around to see a masked man pointing a gun at me. It was just the beginning of a series of events, including robbery and abduction, which changed my life forever. I Need Blue, hosted by Jen Lee, is a podcast series featuring real-life stories from survivors of trauma. Unbelievable and eventful, the stories expose not only underground crimes, but those happening next door. I Need Blue supports our law enforcement. We recognize their essential need to our communities.

    S2 Ep 25 - Debby Montgomery Johnson - The Emotional and Financial Impact of Romance Online Fraud

    S2 Ep 25 - Debby Montgomery Johnson - The Emotional and Financial Impact of Romance Online Fraud

    After her husband's death, Debbie tried  online dating and ended up being scammed out of over a million dollars.

    Debby Montgomery Johnson is a survivor advocate and hosts a podcast, Stand Up and Speak Up. She is also a published author.

    This is Debby Montgomery Johnson 's story...

    Six months after her husband's death, Debby's friends encouraged her to try online dating. She was hesitant at first, but decided to give it a try. She met a man online who she thought was great. They talked often and she felt like she could trust him. Unfortunately, he was not who he seemed to be. He scammed her out of a lot of money and she was left feeling heartbroken and alone. Thankfully, she was able to find the strength to keep going and is now using her story to help others.

     In this episode, you will learn the following:
     1. The emotional and physical devastation that can be caused by online romance scams.
     2.  Anyone can be taken at some time in their life and usually by someone they know, family   included.
    3. Comforting words for victims

    If you think you may be a victim of a romance and online scam, visit https://romancescamsnow.com/  to find education and support.

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    Website: https://ineedblue.net/

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    S2 EP 24 Taylor - Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse: A Survivor's Story

    S2 EP 24 Taylor - Intrafamilial Sexual Abuse: A Survivor's Story

    Taylor is a wife, mom, and content creator who is also a childhood sexual abuse survivor. She uses her social media platform to share her day-to-day life and to inspire women around the world to overcome, persevere, and live their best lives.
     
     This is Taylor 's story...
     
     Taylor was sexually abused by her grandfather from a very young age. She remembers being groomed from around age three, and the abuse continued until she was twelve. When she was around seven or eight, she realized that something wasn't right and tried to push back, but her grandpa didn't stop. The abuse continued until she was twelve and she found out that there were other victims in her family. Once she hit puberty, the abuse stopped, but she suffered from mental health issues, substance abuse, and self-harm. She is now an advocate for other survivors and is working on healing herself.

    In this episode, you will learn:
    1. The stages of grooming that abusers use to gain a child's trust
    2. The long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse
    3. The dangers of not teaching children about their bodies and sexuality

    To find more information about Taylor:
    Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@the_taylorleeann?_t=8VobSiMGRzS&_r=1


    Instagram: @The_TaylorLeeann

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taylor.leeann.507

    Survivor merchandise: https://www.bonfire.com/store/taylor-lee-ann/

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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/needbluepodcast
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1q8SfA_hEXRJ4EaizlW8Q
    Website: https://ineedblue.net/

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    • 52 min
    S2 Ep 23 Jasmin Peach - Former Australian Police Officer Dedicated To Breaking The Stigma

    S2 Ep 23 Jasmin Peach - Former Australian Police Officer Dedicated To Breaking The Stigma

    Jasmin Peach is a former Australian police officer dedicated to breaking the stigma of mental health within the first responder industry, within the police force. She earned her qualification as a domestic violence investigator.

    This is Jasmin Peach's story...

     Jasmine Peach is a police officer who decided to enter the field in order to help people. She soon realized that there was more to the job than just the excitement of catching criminals. She was exposed to some traumatic events, including domestic violence and deaths. These experiences left her feeling helpless at times, but she was able to debrief with her colleagues and continue doing her job.

     In this episode, you will learn the following:
    1. Setting a police officer up for success; training about the realities of the job
    2. Why Police Officers need "normal" friends
    2. Why domestic calls are not easy
    3. The helplessness of witnessing a family grieve on the scene
    4. It's ok to ask for help

    Jasmin can be found on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jasmin.f.peach/
    To hear her podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-the-stigma-first-responders-and-mental-health/id1633848205

    Connect with me:
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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/needbluepodcast
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1q8SfA_hEXRJ4EaizlW8Q
    Website: https://ineedblue.net/

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    • 58 min
    S2 Ep 22 Michele - The Survivor Who Stopped a School Sexual Predator

    S2 Ep 22 Michele - The Survivor Who Stopped a School Sexual Predator

    A young girl who is sexually assaulted by her teacher turns her trauma into a force for good, using her story to help other survivors and prevent future abuse. 

    May 5th, 1994 the cover of the River Cities Gazette reads, TEACHER CONFESSES, I fondled my students. Miami Springs Middle School teacher, Ronald Bach said he took the girls, most of whom were his teacher aides, out of classes by writing passes which  excused their absences. When he was finally caught there was presumably 16 other victims. Only 1 of the victims, who was 12 years old during the abuse, now age 15 pressed charges. 
     The lone survivor who pressed charges, is my guest today. Michele Vergho describes the “grooming” and abuse she endured. 
     In this episode, you will learn:
    1. The abusers power within the school
    2. The details of Michele's abuse
    3. The impact the  abuse had on Michele's life
    4. What to do if a parent suspects a crime.
    5. Encouraging words for a survivor.


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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/needbluepodcast
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1q8SfA_hEXRJ4EaizlW8Q
    Website: https://ineedblue.net/

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    • 54 min
    S2 EP 21 Shaping Your Life's Narrative, Barry Walton Accomplished Director and Emmy Winner

    S2 EP 21 Shaping Your Life's Narrative, Barry Walton Accomplished Director and Emmy Winner

     "You can't measure yourself by one standard."

    Barry Walton is an accomplished director with five documentaries and an Emmy under his belt. Barry won 15 awards for best documentary short with his most recent film, Empty America. He is also the owner of Endless Media.

    This is Barry Walton's story...

    Barry Walton was held back in third grade. He remembers feeling shame and embarrassment when he found out he wouldn't be advancing to the next grade with his peers. His parents didn't talk to him about it, and he felt alone and misunderstood. When he started the next school year, he had to get his own desk because there weren't enough for all the students. He was embarrassed and felt like a failure. Barry went on to become a successful director, but he still carries the pain of that experience with him..

    In this episode, you will learn the following:
    1. The emotional and mental impact that being held back a grade has on a child.
    2. The importance of listening to and hearing what a child has to say about their experiences.
    3. The importance of being aware of your narrative and then managing it.

    Review:
    "When you put 2 story tellers in the same room, this is what you get; magic! I love this episode and wanted to keep listening. When is part 2 going to be available?"

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    Website: https://ineedblue.net/

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    • 59 min
    S2 EP 20 Michelle Dale - Gold Star Mom Lost Her Son, CPL. Dale J. Kridlo

    S2 EP 20 Michelle Dale - Gold Star Mom Lost Her Son, CPL. Dale J. Kridlo

    "I talked to my son a week ago. He was going to be home in one month. 30 days and he would be returning home from the Army. He was an honorable part of Operation Enduring Freedom stationed in Afghanistan and my baby is headed home. I can wait for a hug. I just can’t wait." 
     Michelle never got that hug. The next time she saw her son, he was in a casket. He died with glory serving his country, the United States of America. But all the glory in the world would not replace the pain of her broken heart. Her son was now a fallen soldier. 
    Michelle later learned her son was not afraid to die. He was afraid to be forgotten! So today we honor him and the other soldier who died beside him. 
    Michelle is now President of the American Gold Star Mothers in the state of FL.  We are here to honor her son Dale and give recognition to all the gold star mothers out there. 
     For additional information about the Indian River County, FL Gold Star moms chapter, visit:
    https://www.ircgoldstarmoms.org/
    Email Michelle at: MichDaleIRC@GoldStrMoms@gmail.com
    Visit https://www.goldstarmoms.com/ for the national directory.
    Dogs For Life, Vero Beach, FL - https://www.dogsforlifevb.org/

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    Website: https://ineedblue.net/

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

MD Kitchen ,

Great host on a Great platform

Jen is amazing. She is authentic and draws you in on every episode. She allows her guest to open up and tell their story in a nonjudgmental way. She has a great message on safety and I am honored to have been interviewed by her. I am very appreciative of meeting her and to work along side of her to spread her message and her platform.

Mimi Helene ,

Real stories told from the survivors!

Compassionate and authentic, this podcast features real-life stories from survivors of crime and trauma. I am inspired by survivors and this podcast proves you are stronger than you think. The host Jen has a calm and easy to listen to voice while guiding her guests through their story. Start with S1 Episode 1 to hear her alarming story then go on to listen to the compelling ones that follow!

alex callner ,

Amazing!

Jennifer is wonderful. She took a negative and turned it into a positive. She worked through her own harrowing experience and is helping others to work through theirs by giving them a voice.
Victims and families are about to find and share resources and know they are not alone.

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