"Came face-to-face with danger, now spends her time giving back to survivors and the heroes that saved her." I Need Blue podcast, hosted by Jen Lee, shares real-life stories of people who have experienced what we fear most – feeling unsafe or unsure. The content focuses on survivors, their families, communities, and how the traumatic situation changed their lives. I Need Blue celebrates our law enforcement because we recognize their essential need to our communities. Police officers and law enforcement individuals are neighbors, friends, and family and dedicated to keeping us safe from all types of situations and rescue us from frightening ones.
Episode 15 Life Recaptured - Human Sex Trafficking - Signs, Methods And Resources
Join me today in welcoming Brandy, President of Life Recaptured, and Brook who is a survivor of human trafficking.
Brandy had a family member who was trafficked by someone they know. The sadness of the situation inspired her to start Life Recaptured, the first safe home for women who were victims of sex trafficking.
Did you know there are cartoon apps which children can access on their phone/IPad and it is a trafficker who has now been given access to everything in the household? Brandy discusses these methods and other ways to recognize signs of sex trafficking. This episode is informative and resourceful.
Brook is a survivor. Her story provides hope for other women who think this lifestyle will never end. She shares her reasons why it is hard for women to escape or leave. Brooke shares how she learned to trust in Brandy, humankind and God. How to love and be loved.
National hotline: 888-373-7888.
For resource information and information about Life Recaptured, visit: www.ineedblue.net and click "Get Help"
Episode 14 When Dating Hurts
In June 2005, 21-year-old Kristin Mitchell was ready to take off in life. She was a recent college graduate with a sales associate position lined up with General Mills just outside of Philadelphia. She moved into her new apartment and was feeling like her hard-earned dreams were becoming reality.
The one major flaw in her life was an overly controlling and emotionally abusive boyfriend. She took steps to break up with him on June 3, 2005. That was a fatal mistake.
Her father, Bill Mitchell, joins us to share her story, her memories, and how he used this unforeseen tragedy to prevent others from losing their child too. If domestic/dating violence can happen to Kristin Mitchell, it can happen to anyone.
Episode 13 Behind Closed Doors
It didn't just "happen." Asia was used to create a designer family.
Asia was born and raised in the LDS/Mormon church. We discuss dating, marriage, and raising kids within an environment which included such things as drug abuse, satanic abuse, gruesome rituals, sexual and mental abuse. If you haven't checked out the beginning of her story, go back and listen to Episode 12- Surviving a Satanic Ritual Cult.
Asia was born into this environment. At age 36, she fell into depression and sought help from a psychotherapist. In therapy she started to pull up repressed memories. Horrific memories. She was inducted at age 5, and was "chosen" to become part of the underground world cult that surrounds the LDS/Mormon church.
She was almost 21 when she was married. At the time, she didn't recognize the "set-up." She accepted the engagement because she felt it was what she had to do. The commitment wasn't coming from her heart. She decided to break off the engagement. The punishment she endured from her father is unbearable, however it accomplished her fathers goal. Asia felt so much anxiety from "not" deciding to marry this man, she decided to do it.
We discuss raising kids, what her children endured compared to her childhood, how does the church recruit outside of their community, Asia's process of forgiveness and where her relationship with God is now.
Letters to the People is Asia's podcast. Check it out for more stories. www.letterstothepeople.com
Episode 12 Surviving Satanic Ritual Abuse
Asia, the host of "Letters To The People" podcast, shares her experiences being born into and growing up in the LDS/Mormon church. At age 36, while experiencing drastic depression, she went against her religious beliefs and chose to seek help from a professional therapist. The beginning of the episode, lays the foundation of how therapy helped her to recall the horrific memories buried inside. "Basically your going to tell yourself your story" the therapist told her.
Asia's initial intent was to figure out where the depression came from and how to get rid of it. She figured, "2 months,. 2 months, and I'll have my answers and be back to normal."
8.5 years later, through different avenues of therapy, she began seeing multiple images of this horrible, horrific, and traumatic scenarios; she discovered her story.
"You haven't yelled at us in a while," her son told her. It was uncontrollable rage which went through her body and she couldn't control it. The trauma stored in her body was trying to be discovered; released. Therapy helped her treat the root of this rage. While discovering this emotion, multiple personalities were discovered a few years into her therapy sessions. They appeared when she felt in danger.
The drugging started at age 5, followed by mind control, human experimentation, having electrodes attached to certain areas of her body as ways to create conditioning and submission.
She was picked to be on a child TV show which lead to an underground world of sex trafficking, satanic rituals, human experimentation, etc.
Her father was her handler; her favorite person in the whole world. She had to believe that because the other side of him was horrible. His behaviors where to condition her, an example to reinforce he had the power. That was by age 10.
This episode is sprinkled with examples of such events, coupled with the therapeutic ways in which Asia used to find the courage to share her story with us.
Check out,Letters To The People podcast: https://letterstothepeople.com/episodes
**This episode contains graphic content. It is shared willingly by the guest and has not been verified by the host.
Episode 11 Surviving Yourself - The Sean Dustin Story
Sean Dustin the host of "No Where To Go But Up" podcast joined me for an unforgettable interview. Sean was awarded the #1 mental health podcast by SceneSnobs Network. As a child, Sean was exposed to an abusive environment. From being bullied to becoming a bully, a former drug addict, cocaine dealer, failed relationships, and the loss of parental rights, Sean started his podcast to show the world and God his shortcomings, pain, shame and guilt. The listeners of his podcast became the witness to who he used to be.
I asked Sean, "What is the first time you broke the law and didn't get caught?"
I was 16 maybe 17. Me and my buddy, were hanging around the house. We couldn't sleep because we were wired and high. My mom, I think, went to the bar and was passed out upstairs. We go out and we're walking down the street and think it would be a great idea to break into this car. We're in the process of doing it (we obviously don't know what we're doing. I mean, I've never broken into a car before) not to mention, I'm in my own neighborhood. "That's the worst thing you can do. What's wrong with you? " I'm thinking. I'm pulling on the window, and he's trying to put his arm down there and it just goes "pop!" The whole thing busts and it sounded so loud, especially in our quiet neighborhood.
We both run and take off. We dive into the bushes. All of a sudden another car comes flying up the hill and speeds around the corner. "What the hell is that?" we thought. Two minutes later there's the cops. We think they're there for us. So we're hiding and wondering what's going on?
Episode 10 Conquer The Weapon (conclusion to episode 9)
Day 2 – 7:30 a.m. I didn’t cry this time. I drove the scenic route to Frogbones with dry eyes. There was a little knot in my stomach. Just 24 hours later, I pulled into the same parking spot. It’s amazing how different this spot felt today.
Today wasn’t so much about pulling the trigger as it was, the sound of a gunshot and feeling the recoil. I could feel the tears. Like a puddle on my lower lid. I was thinking if I just keep my head straight the puddle would remain there and not start running down my cheeks. Freddie saw it. He looked at me and said, “look. You are safe. I won’t let anyone hurt you.” How do I describe how those words made me feel? During the events of the robbery, there was no one there to tell me that. No one to make me believe that or even feel that, It was my job to make others feel safe.
The moment during the abduction that the police officers opened the door, I knew. It was the moment I felt safe. We felt safe and believed and felt no one was going to hurt us. Freddie’s words reminded me that there are good people all around us. People who want to be safe and make sure others are safe. There are way more good people than there will ever be bad. That sentiment made the tears worth it.
Follow me as I continue my journey of learning how to overcome my fear of using a firearm. It's the continuation of episode 9. In addition, meet Ethan the GM of FrogBones and Freddie the Range Safety Officer and private trainer who helped me learn the fundamental of safely using a gun.