Your NAASCA Newsletter: for survivors / activists | July 2019

July's Newsletter Theme:
"A Summer of Service"
NAASCA is Expanding Our Outreach!
Volunteer with NAASCA!
Make a Difference for Others!
Thank you!!
a non profit 501(c)3

Because of you and our simple MISSION, 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 / activist / professional community ... because together we can do what we cannot do alone .

Welcome to the July 2019 NAASCA Newsletter

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This month's newsletter theme is:

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Upcoming July Dates

July 4 - U.S. Independence Day

July 15 – Global Hug Your Kids Day

July 29 - SCRIPT Conference (see article below)

Dedicate your birthday to supporting NAASCA 

by Bill Murray 

Recently, and all of a sudden, it was that time again .. my BIRTHDAY !!! .. (March 26, 1953)

It seems like this happens every year! LOL

There are numerous ways to support our truly unique organization.

Here's a new one! The Birthday Campaign !!!
Join NAASCA's Public and/or Closed groups on Facebook!!

Or, if you prefer, join our LinkedIn group!

We're building a survivor / activist community!
NAASCA's SCAN Shows Now on Three Platforms!
All our "Stop Child Abuse Now" talk radio shows are now available as 'on-demand' podcasts on three different platforms!
by Bill Murray
It's amazing, but NAASCA and our 'sister effort' LACP (Los Angeles Community Policing) will soon have produced 2700 "Stop Child Abuse Now" and "Community Matters This Week" talk radio shows!
We do our shows on BlogTalkRadio six-nights-a-week, all but Saturdays evenings, and each is recorded as it's being aired. It doesn't take long for the library to add up.
Now there are three ways to access these podcasts:

1.  Directly through our NAASCA web site 's 'ARCHIVES' by simply clicking on the episode's name (a number)

2.  By using APPLE Podcasts for iPhone-style mobile devices – thanks to Dwight Hurych, North Carolina, for setting this up as a NAASCA volunteer!

3.  Through GOOGLE Podcasts for those who use Android phones – thanks to Charm Isom-Asenime for explaining how to hear our shows on the GOOGLE Podcast platform, too
NAASCA's 'ARCHIVES' are accessed through the NAASCA website's HOME page where it says 'current schedule'. Each year is listed there.
Please see full details, including how to download the Apple and Google Podcast apps, on the NAASCA website page:

I am so pleased that NAASCA has increased its outreach through these two additional venues!
Please help us SHARE about these new platforms by spreading the word to as many survivors and advocates you can.
We hope this enhances our ability to execute our mission: educating the public about childhood abuse, and offering hope and healing to survivors.

NAASCA’s founder Bill Murray to speak at
SCRIPT Conference
Monday, July 29, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. –
California Endowment Center – Los Angeles - FREE

NAASCA is one of the seven proud partners of the Summit on Community Resiliency, Intervention, Prevention and Training (SCRIPT). SCRIPT, an annual conference that is offered free to the public, provides an opportunity for professionals and community members to come together to address social issues on a local level. The first SCRIPT emphasized caring for male survivors of abuse and trauma. The response from attendees was so overwhelming that conference directors felt compelled to keep the male survivor focus going forward. To date over 400 people have received training through SCRIPT in areas that include gang intervention, crime prevention, the treatment and prevention of child abuse, and more.
NAASCA Founder and CEO Bill Murray will be a speaker at the 2019 SCRIPT Conference, which will be held Monday, July 29th, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at The California Endowment Center, 1000 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles, California. The SCRIPT contact number is 213-259-3358. Bill will be on the speakers’ panel from 10:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., discussing the topic “Community Based Intervention and the Needs for Change.” Bill will also have a NAASCA table filled with literature and resources available to all attendees.
More than 60% of the population has experienced at least one adverse childhood experience. Evidence suggests that abuse, neglect and other types of adverse experiences are significant risk factors for later physical and mental health problems including drug and/or alcohol abuse, criminal activity, suicide attempts, domestic violence, cancer and heart disease. The costs to society associated with child abuse and neglect exceed $124 billion per year. Additionally, of course, adults also experience abuse and trauma in various ways. SCRIPT is committed to the treatment and prevention of trauma by facilitating collaboration between researchers, practitioners, government and community agencies. “Together we can end the cycle of abuse and trauma that continues to plague our society.”
The entire conference is FREE . This is an important conference for male survivors of child abuse. If you are in the Los Angeles area on July 29th, please plan to attend the SCRIPT Conference. Some of the many benefits include: Continuing Education Credits, Community Partnerships, Specialized Training, Networking, Client Resources, Male Survivor Education, and Resources.

  “A Summer of Service”

July has arrived, with the Fourth of July fireworks, vacations from school and work, trips to visit relatives and for adventure, the rising temperatures of the northern hemisphere and the cooling temperatures of the southern hemisphere.

Although many activities of our lives are dependent on the month or season, there are some important activities that remain constant year-round. For example, the purpose of NAASCA – to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect – is independent of weather, month, temperature, and season. Our work continues because child abuse continues 24/7/365.

While we remain vigilant and diligent in our mission and purpose, we also are grateful for opportunities to visit relatives, friends, and places that bring us joy, love, and respite from the struggle. We renew ourselves, recharge our batteries, and appreciate our friends and family during this “Summer of Service” to ourselves and others. Days are long and flowers are in full bloom, providing opportunities for appreciation of the positive aspects of Life, as we provide service and support to those who are unable to see beyond the darkness within.

Those of us who can experience the light and love gratefully soak it in, to be of even greater service to those struggling in fear and darkness. Renew your energy freely, without guilt, because you are a Light and a Source of Energy to others. Blessings to all in this “Summer of Service.”

Dwight Hurych
Dwight Hurych -
Volunteer of the Month for July
NAASCA: Please tell us how you got to be involved in the NAASCA family?
DH: It started out as a curiosity regarding Survivors Anonymous, a weekly Meetup group that sounded like something that would benefit my healing journey from childhood emotional neglect.
Once I got involved, I loved it. I wanted everyone to know about it.

I probably stumbled across NAASCA in my Google searches for places to market Survivors Anonymous. I loved NAASCA, too! Since then, I've looked for ways to help NAASCA as well as Survivors Anonymous without over-committing myself.

NAASCA: How long have you been with Survivors Anonymous and NAASCA?
DH: When I first noticed Survivors Anonymous in Meetup in late 2017, it was new. I didn't know if it was going to last, and I didn't want to join if it wasn't. I'd check once in a while and it was still there. I finally worked up the courage to join around April 2018. It was probably a few months later that I contacted NAASCA to add our group to the list of Recover Groups that NAASCA maintains. I've since done a talk radio show episode (2080) conversed with Bill Murray about other ways to help.
NAASCA: We especially appreciate how you've helped our talk radio show, Stop Child Abuse Now, become available as podcasts. Tell us about that.
DH: Like Survivors Anonymous, I wanted as many people to know about NAASCA as possible. Podcasting and listening to podcasts had come up in a number of unrelated conversations I was having. People love it! So, I finally decided to dig in and see what it involved to get SCAN episodes on that platform. It took a couple of tries, but it turned out it wasn't that difficult. The show was already being hosted on a platform that was suitable for podcasting. I merely filled in some details, updated the cover art from Bill, and submitted it to Apple iTunes for the Podcast app to pick up. I'm sure it helped that I have some background in Internet marketing and computer skills. But, I was more than happy to put them to use for a good cause. It was a fun challenge.
NAASCA: Thank you for jumping right in and getting that done. Please tell us a little bit more about your background.

DH: Aside from computer skills, I've been in recovery in the late 90's and early 2000's that centered around alcoholism being in my family as a child. There was no awareness of the childhood emotional neglect as a separate issue. I had therapy and participated in 12-step meetings like Al-Anon and ACOA (Adult Child of Alcoholics), and felt the rest of my recovery would get easier. Yet, I was in my third marriage starting in 2008 and it slowly fell to pieces. I failed again at developing intimate relationship, and fell into deep depression again. I knew I needed something, but 12-step meetings were all I knew until I stumbled across Survivors Anonymous in Meetup.
NAASCA: Obviously, Survivors Anonymous is very important to you. Please tell us more about that.
DH: Survivors Anonymous is a program of peer support meetings for adult survivors of child abuse. Survivors Anonymous was founded and organized by Jo Price. She also did a NAASCA SCAN episode, #2103. Having been in group therapy with Valarie Anne Snell, LCSW, of High Point NC, she was driven to make this modality available to others, especially if they couldn't afford to pay a therapist-led group. Shortly after I joined, she asked me to be co-organizer. Her vision, which I share, is that this format would be available worldwide, as common as AA meetings are today. There's a lot of groundwork that needs to be done, and the direction we're headed and why is clear. We currently make use of the 'Survivor to Thriver Manual' from the ASCA Support Program of the Norma J Morris Center. But, we plan to create our own meeting materials and become a nonprofit. Valarie Snell, incidentally, continues to be a strong encouragement to our mission.
NAASCA: Thank you for your time and effort. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
DH: Yes. Thank you so much for the recognition of my efforts to help when and where I can, and for the opportunity to share my enthusiasm towards NAASCA's 2-part mission: to educate the public about child abuse, and to offer hope to survivors. Hopefully, my enthusiasm is contagious! I will continue to be on the lookout for ways to make incremental improvements to the NAASCA platform, and I hope others will be motivated to pitch in where and when they can. Lastly, I want to remind folks --survivors, thrivers, and advocates-- that it's very easy to financially support NAASCA via automatic monthly PayPal payments for as little as a few dollars per month.

NAASCA's Grateful to All Our Members & Volunteers !

We Need YOU!

We Need Each Other!

Fighting For Kids,
Serving Adult Survivors
Did you know that NAASCA is entirely staffed by non-paid volunteers including the Board of Directors?

All the services, programs, tools, resources, and social media efforts that we offer entirely  FREE  to anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world are staffed by volunteers from our NAASCA family!

It literally would not be possible without YOU .

There are many ways you can volunteer with NAASCA. If you have a little time or a lot, your help is greatly appreciated and needed. Check out our list of available positions here:

Check Out NAASCA's Promotions & Fundraising Tools !

Have You Listened to Our Talk Radio Show Lately ?

Sunday through Friday evenings we broadcast an internet-based live streaming talk show. This is one of the best FREE SERVICES we offer to our NAASCA members!

All shows start at 8pm EST so that's
7pm CEN , 6pm MTN & 5pm PAC .

We really want to hear from you!

Anyone can participate or just listen to the show by calling:

(646) 595-2118

Are You a Survivor of Child Abuse Looking for Support?

In need of support in your local community?

NAASCA provides listings for your local area in our Recovery Groups and Services page. We have gathered ALL the English speaking recovery groups and services we can find, not only in North America but from around the world. This list can connect you with numerous agencies, therapy, support groups and other resources in your local area.

Looking for support after hours or from home?

Can't find a group you can get to easily or want to connect when it is after business hours? Needing a way to talk about your story but want to stay anonymous? We also provide a link to another separate listing for Online Groups and Services , for Internet-based recovery groups.

As you can imagine, keeping this listing current and updated is a huge task. You can help other survivors find the support they need.

Submit updates for the Recovery Groups List to Carolin O'Hara:

Submit any updates for the Online Resource List to Valerie:

You are not alone, and never have to be, a day at a time!

All members of NAASCA are part of our 'NAASCA family', and that's not just something we say. We care about each other and that includes YOU.

We want you to feel comfortable reaching out to any of our volunteers, with any of your questions about what NAASCA offers, or for help navigating the website.

Even if you simply want someone to talk to when you are dealing with a difficult moment in your recovery as a survivor... we are here for you.

Some are listed as night owls, some as available 24/7, others are part of our International community, still others are young or helping some specific types of survivors. Try it!
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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