The SILENCED BY STIGMA podcast is an intense, detailed examination of childhood sexual abuse and its devastating impact on victims, their loved ones, and society at large.
This series features survivor accounts and conversations with researchers, mental health professionals, sexual abuse attorneys, and Special Victims Detectives, all to demonstrate that you’re not alone and that there are people dedicated to your protection.
The voices of the abused are often silenced; SILENCED BY STIGMA is here to help you stand up and speak out.
Reach out via our website at silencedbystigma.org.
Season 1 Ending
We’re taking a break to focus on Season 2. To my guests, I thank you for your bravery and expertise. To my listeners, we’ll be back soon and in the meantime, remember: everybody sucks but you.
Our guest today is Jay Sefton, a psychotherapist, writer, and recovering alcoholic. Jay was abused by a Catholic priest at a time parishioners believed the Church was beyond reproach. We discuss how that distorted view perpetuated the abuse, creating a haven for his abuser.
Jay advocates for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, working pro-bono to help navigate compensation funds set up by the Catholic Church.
Jay is the author of several essays, including Two Sides of the Same Cross (Licking River Review) and I’ll Have a White Zinfandel (Storyscape Journal), and has written several featured editorials in newspapers documenting his experience of being abused as a child by a priest in the Philadelphia suburb of Havertown, Pennsylvania.
Bloodied, Bruised, Removed.
Today we interview psychotherapist Jason Hanson, who has counseled victims of domestic abuse for the past eight years and is the author of Domestic Abuse: Men Suffer Too. We discuss the horror of this abuse and its indiscriminate reach across both victims’ and perpetrators’ gender and sexual identities.
The 2011 study by Emily Douglas, Ph.D. a professor and chair at the Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy at Montclair State University, found that 49.9% of men who sought help from Domestic Violence Agencies, 63.9% of men who sought help from Domestic Victim Hotlines, and 42.9% of men who sought help from online resources were told they only help women.
Findings from The Bureau of Justice Statistics note that men are just as likely to be the victim of violent crime as women.
(Bonus) Begging for an HIV Test.
In this bonus episode, I’m interviewed by Eric Jennings, who was my first guest on SILENCED BY STIGMA. We discuss my history of abuse, the fallout, and what led me to create this project.
Silent Bidding for Boys.
Today we interview JM Lander, an elite athlete who was sexually abused by a secret society of powerful men starting at the age of fifteen. His composed and courageous manner of sharing his astonishing and disturbing story is humbling, considering the inhumanity he was subjected to.
Today, he writes, speaks, and offers consultation services to help individuals and organizations learn how to identify the signs of grooming and manipulation that can lead to sexual abuse with the goal of preventing the perpetuation of this type of violence and supporting survivors in facing their past.
John-Michael presented the speech An Athlete’s Silence at the TEDxDayton 2018 Convention and currently serves on The Army of Survivors Board of Directors.
These Are Happy Tears.
Today’s guest is attorney Helene Weiss. Helene brings her background as a Special Victims Bureau Prosecutor to her current work as an associate in the James Marsh Law Firm, one of the nation’s preeminent law firms advocating for sexual abuse victims.
Helene explains how trauma-informed attorneys bring comfort to their clients and discusses the barriers present in our unbalanced justice system.
The information in this podcast should not be considered legal advice. Please consult an attorney in your area to discuss avenues of recourse.
Mike is a great guy with an informative podcast bringing awareness to extremely important issues. Worth listening to!
We are not alone
This show helped me come to grips with my own history as a survivor of sexual abuse. The more we share our stories, the more we can heal.
The topic of this podcast is obviously very difficult to discuss, but Mike handles the conversations so well and really connects with his guests. Highlighting these stories is so necessary and hearing the victims first hand is a powerful experience.