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Episode from the podcastStop Child Abuse Now

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2803

Released Thursday, 2nd December 2021
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Tonight's special guest is Kevin Barhydt from Niskayuna, New York, a child abuse survivor, activist and author. He is a YouTube creator where he creates a safe space for survivors of child sexual abuse, abandonment and addiction to explore the healing process, and the author of 'Dear Stephen Michael's Mother'. Abandoned by his mother at birth, Kevin was enveloped in a labyrinth of adoption, addiction, and child sexual abuse.  By age 20, a shell of the boy he once was, Kevin succumbed completely to a suicidal lifestyle of drug dealing and prostitution. "I was adopted at birth, and my childhood was stolen from me when I was molested at 9 years old, which led down a road of alcohol and drug abuse." Smoking at 10, drinking at 11, and overdosing  on barbiturates at  12, Kevin was put in the back of a cop car at 13. He explains, "I taken from my home when I was 14, lived in two foster homes, a group home, a detention center. I was raped when I was 15, my oldest daughter was born when I was 16, my youngest was born when I was 17." Kevin's book, “Dear Stephen Michael's Mother”, chronicles the unfolding of these stories. The interwoven perspectives offer an unflinching look at the myriad ways life can cloak us in darkness and helplessness yet still resonate with joy and recovery. Kevin's life is summed up with these eight words: to be of service to God and others. As a YouTube creator, actor, educator, and disability technology evangelist - as a son, husband, father and friend - he gives of himself with one expectation: that you can only keep what you have by giving it away.
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Stop Child Abuse Now

Monday to Friday's "Stop Child Abuse Now" (SCAN) feature trauma informed HOSTs and Co-hosts and respected child abuse prevention, intervention and recovery advocates. They're all volunteers members of the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA), a 501(c)3. Founded in 2009, NAASCA.org was originally a grassroots effort. It was launched based on our founder Bill Murray's personal life experienced. Bill wrote, "Very few adults escape years of severe childhood sexual abuse, pre-pubescent X-rated photography, sex trafficking, and a two week long kidnapping." He continued. "But I have, and for some 35 years I've been in recovery from its devastating effects." After years of operating as a grassroots effort, NAASCA became a public charity in 2015 .. a 501(c)3 .. but we receive no grants or outside support, and belong to no other organization. There are no dues or fees. Our MISSION is entirely self-sustaining through the volunteer contributions of our members. The single purpose is to address issues related to childhood abuse and trauma including sexual assault, violent or physical abuse, emotional traumas and neglect from two specific perspectives: 1) educating the public, and 2) offering hope for healing and services to adult survivors. There are now nearly 3000 BlogTalkRadio shows, podcasts in the ever-growing library. Join us five-nights-a-week (Mon to Fri), at 8pm EST (so 7pm CEN, 6pm MTN, 5pm PAC) for solution-oriented discussions about the many issues of child abuse and trauma. The shows always include panel discussions and call-in participation.
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