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Episode from the podcastStop Child Abuse Now

Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) - 2805

Released Saturday, 4th December 2021
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Tonight's special guest is Rob Maniscalco from North Charleston, South Carolina, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Abandoned by his mom when he was very young, Rob was groomed and assaulted by his sister's boyfriend, a doctor at the children's hospital, who “infiltrated” his family when Rob was 14. Ignored by parents and church leaders, with his childhood derailed, Rob developed feelings of abandonment, guilt and worthlessness. Rob became an overachiever in the arts to prove his worth and gain the needed affirmation, mostly from women. Rob wrote a coming-of-age book about what led to the abuse and a fictional future asking “what if I confronted the perpetrator?,” called, The Fishfly. Rob describes his journey, "Recovery is a lifelong process. Just when I think I'm ‘healed' I'm triggered back into chaos. You can only fail when you stop trying, unless you've made a disgusting mess, in which case you should just quit while you're ahead." Rob is a nationally renowned artist, gallerist, author, teacher, and actor/director of his original play, Vincent John Doe. His recent dramatic reading of a poem, from the perspective of the perpetrator, might be played during the show:  https://www.maniscalcogallery.com/the-destroyer/. These days Rob's focus is on being the best portrait artist and fine artist he can be, being a loving husband and raising his two amazingly insightful kids. He says, “They teach me every day (or should I say every weekend) about being alive.”
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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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