Author:Paul Gilmartin

Cassie Sneider

The writer and graphic artist (and karaoke DJ) talks with Paul about her parents alcoholism, gambling and shopping addictions, being bullied, becoming violent in her 20s and eventually finding therapy and support groups for her codependency. They also bond over their intense love of dogs and how much easier it can be to love them than people.

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Heather Marlowe

The writer/performer opens up about being drugged and raped and the pressure she has been putting on the San Francisco police department to process the thousands of warehoused rape kits whose DNA could help catch the predators who remain unapprehended.

Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherMarlowe  To find out more about her play The Haze go to www.thehazeplay.com

This episode is sponsored by Rooted.  To sign or find out more information go to www.rootedcenter.com

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Terri Hartman

The 54 year-old shares about her battles with fibromyalgia, her physically abusive mother, how her illness affects her relationships, her anxieties and how expressing her emotions helped the intensity of her physical pain.

This episode is sponsored by Rooted.  For more information go to www.rootedcenter.com

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Matty McVarish

A survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Matty could no longer bear the silence he saw around him, so he started Road to Change and walked 10,000 miles across Europe to  raise awareness and in the process helped change laws in several countries.

For more information on Road to Change go to www.roadtochange.eu or visit the Facebook page

Follow Matty on Twitter @RoadtoChangeEU

To donate your time or money to Free Arts, the program Paul talked about that helps underserved kids in Los Angeles through art, visit www.FreeArts.org

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Kelly M.

The 24 year-old shares about identifying as asexual and gender-fluid as well as the hurdle of coming to terms with a childhood that wasn’t overtly abusive, just void of connection.  They also talk about Kelly’s OCD, anxiety, depression and love of fan fiction.

To help abused children express themselves through art, support the Free Arts project in Los Angeles.  Visit www.freearts.org  You can donate money or see what it takes to become a volunteer.

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