Your NAASCA Newsletter: for survivors / activists | March 2018
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Because of you, more kids are being protected,
more adult survivors served!

NAASCA has a single purpose, to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect .. and we do so from two specific perspectives :

  • educating the public, especially as related to getting society over the taboo of discussing childhood sexual abuse, presenting the facts that show child abuse to be a pandemic, worldwide problem that affects everyone

  • offering hope for healing through numerous paths, providing many services to adult survivors of child abuse and information for anyone interested in the many issues involving prevention, intervention and recovery

Building a survivor community ...
because together we can do what we cannot do alone .   
Welcome to the March 2018 Newsletter

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Please encourage others to stay in touch too.

'Spring Into Action' - this month's newsletter theme

Significant Dates in March:

5th is USA National Multiple Personality Day
  • A day to raise awareness for the disorder and to focus on yourself and the many aspects of your personality whether you have the disorder or not.
  • Use #MultiplePersonalityDay to post on social media.
  • Multiple Personality Disorder is most often now referred to as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). To learn more about this disorder click here.

8th International Women's Day

20th is International Day of Happiness
  • Adopted by the UN in 2012 to promote, preserve, and celebrate happiness as a universal human right and address the challenges faced by humankind in the quest to achieve happiness.
  • Go to the website to fill out your pledge to create more happiness in the world.

24th International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims
  • Established to honor Monsignor Óscar Arnulfo Romero who was an activist murdered in 1980 denouncing violations of human rights of the most vulnerable individuals in El Salvador.
  • Advocating for the right of the relatives of victims of summary executions, enforced disappearance, missing persons, abducted children, and torture, to require to knowing what happened to their loved ones.
  • Click here to visit the official website

What's New with NAASCA?
Let's see if we can get this hashtag to trend, to build on the 'MeToo' movement that leaves out those abused in their youth.

Childhood sexual assaults and abuse are devastating!

Pass it on!! Please SHARE these hashtags together on your social media accounts.

~ Bill Murray , NAASCA CEO
CSA = Childhood Sexual Abuse
Monthly Spotlight On A Fabulous NAASCA Volunteer !
In 2015 NAASCA officially became a non-profit charity. NAASCA relies solely on volunteer to offer our 30 Entirely FREE Services , programs, tools, resources, and social media efforts available to anyone, anywhere in the world, anytime. 

We want to highlight our primary volunteers who offer their skills and creativity with ongoing commitment to specific tasks . This month we are delighted to introduce Carol D. Levine !! We are lucky to have her !!
Meet Carol D. Levine
(Phillipsburg, New Jersey)

Carol Levine is a published author and public speaker who is both NAASCA's Vice President and the Co-Host of NAASCA's Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) online radio show , but don't let her busy work load and dedication fool you... she does the job completely as an unpaid volunteer like every other member of NAASCA whose volunteerism we depend on.

Carol is a survivor of childhood sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and neglect. As a result, she suffered from PTSD and panic disorder throughout her adult life, but she never let those challenges keep her from succeeding in her passion to help others with their own life struggles. In spite of admitting that school was always difficult, she completed an impressive list of educational certifications and credits, including some courses at Princeton University, that enabled her long career pathway. Some of those years involved working with juvenile delinquents in the Rahway Lifers Scared Straight Program, as a Detention Officer, and as court advocate. Additionally, she worked as a certified drug rehabilitation counselor for adults both in residential and outpatient settings, and later as a certified mental health technician in a state run hospital.

Nowadays, on top of her work with NAASCA, Carol continues as an activist bringing awareness to the problem of child abuse and engaging in prevention efforts through public speaking engagements and media interviews. [Click for info about some of Carol's child abuse prevention projects.]

Carol is a widow relishing her life as an independent single woman. She describes her children as her heart and says they "ground her and keep her straight." She is a cat-lover nurturing two fur-babies and a collector, particularly of coins and gem stones. She enjoys motorcycles and wouldn't pass on an opportunity to ride if given the offer. A self-described night owl, she often stays up late talking with anyone who reaches out in moments of crisis, (such as members of the NAASCA Family), to offer her heartfelt support, guidance, and shared experiences.

How did you first become a member of NAASCA?
" I was on another show, and the host decided to study ministry, and become, in time, a minister. She told me to call Bill (Murray). "

What do you enjoy most about volunteering with NAASCA:
" I enjoy the family concept - there are many of us (survivors) who have divorced our family due to issues of child abuse. We too need support at times. NAASCA offers that. "

What does your work week with NAASCA involve?
" My work week is 7 days a week. I am always looking and thinking of ways to help people, and to educate the public. I do this by making lists of organizations that I can call and make appointments with to hopefully set up speaking engagements. I have a couple this Spring. Also, work on ways to bring people to NAASCA. Handing out cards, and posting information where allowed. Always be Bill's back up when needed for hosting and training people to use the software so they too can host shows. Answering phone calls from people in crisis. "

What does activism mean to you personally and how has being a survivor of child abuse played a significant part of that for you?
"I feel that as an activist I am doing God's work on earth. It is our mission. Close to being killed 3 times woke me up to just how much we need to heal, and then to give back, because we did survive. I love my work." 

Is there a message you would like to give other survivors about becoming actively involved, or "springing into action," in their membership with NAASCA and in their local communities?   
" Being a survivor who is actively trying to help others helps you grow. I encourage others to try, always offering suggestions of how. Those who try will find a way, and at the end of the day you feel more at peace knowing that you tried to help someone. "

Carol is the author of the outstanding book, Panic Child: A Harrowing True Story of Sexual Abuse and Neglect , which is available for purchase on

You can chat with Carol most nights of the week on the Stop Child Abuse Now radio show. Carol also invites all her NAASCA Family members to contact her about NAASCA, public speaking opportunities, or simply to say hello!

Contact her by phone at:
(908) 454-7522

Or Send your emails to:

Feeling inspired?
There are many ways
YOU can
Spring into Action
with NAASCA!

No matter what you bring
to the table, NAASCA has
a place for your special
skills and talents.

Want to learn more?
Have You Listened to NAASCA's BlogTalk Radio Show Lately ?
Live shows air 8 PM EST / 5 PM PAC .

Listen-in on Sunday for 'Community Matters,' and Monday to Friday for 'Stop Child Abuse Now' (SCAN). Topics include public safety, child abuse prevention and intervention, and recovery as a survivor of child abuse.
Spring into Action by Calling the Show !
Your voice matters to us and to those listening! We encourage ALL of our NAASCA Members to participate during the live shows with questions and comments OR you can also just listen-in by phone. The number to call is:

( 646) 595-2118

Spring into Action by Listening Online ! 
You can also listen online to live shows or past episodes in our archive at the Blogtalk Radio website. Just create a free account with Blogtalk and follow the SCAN show. During live shows on open-Mic nights there is also a chatroom option available if you scroll down the page while listening where where you can participate via chat. (You must have first created the Blogtalk account to write in the chat room.)

. New Zealand's Excellent Child Abuse Prevention Efforts in Schools !!
Recently Sarah, one of our NAASCA members, participated as a panelist by calling in to our SCAN Radio Show and shared some resources used to teach school children about sexuality and body safety. The New Zealand Ministry of Education is using the indigenous Maori tribe's concept of Hauro, (which can be compared to a holistic approach), and the New Zealand Police have implemented a body safety program. NAASCA CEO, Bill Murray, is excited to pass on these resources to the NAASCA Family. If your community does not have a prevention curriculum in place, NAASCA is recommending these fully developed programs as examples for public discussion and implementation.

First of all, what is Hauora?
According to the TKI Ministry of Education , Hauora is a Māori philosophy of health unique to New Zealand. It comprises taha tinana (physical well-being), taha hinengaro (mental and emotional well-being), taha whanau (social well being), and taha wairua (spiritual well-being). This approach recognizes that when dealing with the problem of child abuse, all aspects of the child as an individual are affected and therefore all aspects must be addressed to be successful. The TKI Sexuality Curriculum is outlined in great detail online for other schools, programs, or parents to use.

And what do the Police have to do with Education?
Public safety is the number one responsibility police are tasked with, and children are some of the most at-risk persons. The New Zealand Police developed a program with specific guidelines to help schools plan safety education focusing on child protection, and identifying and responding to incidents of child abuse . According to the website, " Keeping Ourselves Safe enables children and young people to learn and apply a range of safety skills that they can use when interacting with others. Students recognize the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and those who have been or are being abused are encouraged to seek help."
Do You Know NAASCA's 12 Traditions ?
These spiritual principals guide members on our mission

NAASCA recognizes there are many paths to recovery, and many legitimate tools and services one can use on a healing journey, but we follow the basic spiritual principals below. They serve as a protection to our organization. We serve in membership seeking to address all the many issues and types of childhood abuse and trauma. No matter what you experienced as a child, including sexual assaults, violence and physical abuse, emotional and mental trauma or neglect, you belong here .. and we can help !!
Calling all Canadians and Americans,
we Need YOU for our Ambassador Program !!
If you live in Canada or the US, this is one way to Spring Into Action offering flexibility for whatever time you have available.

Ambassadors help NAASCA members find their way around our web site, refer people to our projects, tools, and services, and engage in our social media efforts. You will also become familiar with resources specific to your local area to provide upon request to NAASCA members. 


Contact the Ambassador Project Coordinator, Terri Lanahan
via email:
via phone: ( 406) 299-0253
A Note from Our Founder and CEO:
Healing from child abuse and trauma can be a very lonely journey .. but you'll never be alone again, a day at a time, if you don't want to be !!
NAASCA belongs to no other group and receives no outside funding. We're self-supporting through our own members' voluntary contributions.
Please consider a one time
or recurring donation .
Thanking you for all you do in the fight against child abuse and trauma and welcoming you to engage with your NAASCA family, I remain, as always,

Yours in service,

Bill Murray , Founder and CEO
National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.   
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