In this episode, we are joined by Survivor Jeremy Indika. Jeremy is a firm believer in the "Power of Story Telling" and the importance of sharing his story of childhood sexual abuse in an attempt to help break down the stigma and silence that is allowing it to thrive. We had the great pleasure of chatting about future projects Jeremy's working on. We're so excited to see what content he will come up with next to help us not only learn and raise awareness but to help educate others. Instead of diving deep into Jeremy's past on our podcast, we take this time to discuss what we can do to help children moving forward. The importance of education, talking to your children about their private areas, and making sure they know that there are no secrets when someone touches them in those areas. Talking to your children must start early and be repeated often . These conversations should be age appropriate, starting with using the correct names for private areas, reminding them of their body sovereignty, and as they get older beginning to have conversations about sex and body positivity. As parents we spend so much time talking about avoiding strangers and not taking drugs, but we ignore having the conversation with our kids about their body. It can be embarrassing, we know, but it is so important to talk to them or get a book on their body's changes or find an age-appropriate video to watch together. If we are not controlling the narrative of what is told to our children, they'll find it elsewhere. Jeremy has a great 5-part series on Instagram that he created to be the starting point of conversations with other parents and with some older kids. If we are to stop the secrecy of pedophilia, we need to make sure our kids know what is good and bad and they have a soft place to land if they ever have to come forward with this type of information. It starts at home! We were excited to have connected with guest of honor, Jeremy Indika. We hope you get some great pointers to being having conversations with your children. It's never too early to start talking. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes. Jeremy has taken us on his journey by sharing his most vulnerable and painful moments/experience of his life with us. It takes so much courage, Jeremy has embraced the opportunity to create illustrations and animations to help educate our children, parents and future generations on how to identify the different types of abuse/grooming. For more information on Jeremy Indika story-pedophilia and child sexual abuse survivor, a powerful voice for the voiceless, a public speaker and content creator please visit the links below.
On this episode, we are so fortunate to have on Elizabeth Harding Weinstein, a mother of 3 (18, 16, and 14) who is in the fight of her life to get her children back from their abusive, pedophile father after the justice system granted him full custody (even though there is an active investigation into his abuse allegations). Lizzie is a nursing graduate from Columbia University and lives in New York State. Unfortunately, she is also a survivor of pedophilia, domestic violence and narcissistic abuse. Her husband, Brian Stryker Weinstein, is a well-known lawyer and senior litigation partner of his firm, he graduated from Yale Law School and sits as a board member on Duke University’s Keenan Institute for Ethics. Back in April 2020 Lizzie discovered that her husband of 18 years was he himself a pedophile after a known history of sexual abuse as a child. She and the children confronted Brian directly offering him help and he admitted to the pedophilia. Unfortunately, from that point on, Brian had begun using his narcissistic tendencies to gaslight Lizzie and the kids and buy or persuade the cops, lawyers, and judges to keep the children from their mom. The battle Lizzie goes through weekly, and sometimes daily, is difficult to fathom and it's amazing she’s still here fighting. That’s the strength of a mama bear for you! She has been harassed, arrested and imprisoned on multiple occasions with NO criminal charges, evicted from her home, denied access to any of her bank accounts since coming forth with her story... and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Since this discovery, Lizzie has been taking active action to expose the corruption in the court systems that actually works to protect pedophiles instead of persecuting and punishing them. During this time, Lizzie has only been able to see her children a handful of times, because the courts deemed it appropriate to place them with their abusive, pedophile father without their mom. In this episode, we focus on the parts of the story that I think concern and scare us all as parents. Could this happen to my children? What do we do if it does happen to us? What do we need to be aware of to make sure we’re prepared? Lizzie has some great insight based on what she's had to go through this past year. Nothing is stronger or more unbreakable than the love between a mother and her child. I hope Lizzie's story encourages you to share her story far and wide, sign her petition (below), and start speaking up so we can bring justice to survivors like Elizabeth and victims like her children once and for all.
In this episode, we are blessed to be able to have Tommy Womeldorf on to speak about his childhood sexual abuse experience with the Boy Scout's and Mormon Church and how it has effected raising his 4 daughters. Since Tommy has written a book, Scouts Dishonor, we do not spend much time discussing his past. However, please consider purchasing Tommy's book to support this brave survivor and read more on his history. Instead, we discuss how he keeps his daughters safe by keeping them aware, alert, and educated. For more on Tommy's story visit @yourimaginationisreal 'Survivor Series' as Becky, Bridget and Emma have an open conversation with Tommy about his childhood/book Scout's Dishonor. Scout's Dishonor: "As a precocious, enthusiastic boy of thirteen, Tommy had the whole world ahead of him...until a trusted association with his Boy Scout leader destroyed his innocence and shattered his self-perception. To make matters worse, the abuse Tommy endured took place within the sacred walls of the Mormon Church. While his tormentor went on to molest at least five other boys and was ultimately convicted on these charges, Tommy’s own abuse went unacknowledged, the denial of which forever altered his life’s path. Succumbing to a lack of trust and self-worth, Tommy descends into a tumultuous life of drug and alcohol abuse, always seeking to mask the pain of his past. It is his relationship with the young, courageous single mother, Arlene Ryan, and her infant daughter that finally leads him into sobriety and brings him to a point in his life where he must question the failures of those he once trusted to protect him. Struggling to understand how reputable organizations can act in such reprehensible ways, Tommy is soon embroiled in a legal drama with the Mormon Church itself as he seeks the retribution and recognition of truth that had been suppressed for far too long. Throughout this journey, Tommy is gradually put back on the path for which his life was destined, with the ultimate purpose of serving victims and understanding the true meaning of justice, forgiveness, and love." Please join us in supporting Tommy and see links below to find Tommy's book "Scout's Dishonor"- support survivors and their businesses and show support by listening, reading, and SHARING his story!
In this episode we are talking with Vee, a survivor, human trafficking activist, and business owner. You may recognize her as "Bagels and Shade" if you follower her on social media and the podcast world. We touch slightly on Vee's story of being a survivor but our episode mostly centers around educating people on the business of human trafficking, grooming, and mind control. We discuss how to look deeper into situations that appear singular but are actually part of a much bigger picture when you're able to make the connections. As a survivor, she uses her voice to call out the evil that still lurks in this world. Pedophilia, incest, rape, and child sexual abuse are never easy conversations to have, yet many still want to avoid talking about it...assuming it will make it go away. Vee is such an advocate for continuing to make people uncomfortable to get the message out there! Stop judging and doubting the folks who are speaking out about the evil and start researching and listening. It could be the difference in saving a child's life...possibly a child you know. Taking a stance against human trafficking and pedophilia and standing up for survivors may seem very vulnerable and lonely, but the more you stand up, the more people will join you. In a time when our children have never been more in danger and when child trafficking numbers are sky high, right now is the time to really educate ourselves and others on this business so we can help move the needle forward in the right direction. Vee is such an inspiration and someone who is equally funny and empathetic. We had so much fun talking and laughing with Vee on this episode and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. **Trigger warning. If you are easily offended or triggered, this episode may contain information that is triggering to some individuals. Please be cautious when listening to this podcast.***
We are blessed to have the chance to speak to Kyle Collins, a Phoenix born lyricist, father, producer, and self described visionary. Musician, Sincerely Collins, Kyle has lived through a life's worth of tragedy growing up without a father, surviving the early disappearance of his mother, and later facing adversity while homeless. He unleashed the gift of grit: a hidden resilience throwing everything he had into the love of music. Collins often taps into the common experiences of his uncommon life for his otherworldly lyrics, and in doing so, becomes the kind of messenger that is too often missing in today’s musical landscape. Through perseverance the man lives his truth everyday and tells the stories that he knows best. In this episode we talk about Kyle's childhood, raising his daughter, and his journey to enlightenment while dealing with the entertainment industry. The message of being yourself, always having integrity, and living in your truth is the theme of our conversation. It's a great to have found someone who is a genuine role model for kids. As Kyle states, “I make music for dreamers, I make music for people who just know that there’s more, I make music for people who have visions, for people who believe in themselves but don’t necessarily know how to take action on that. Or maybe they don’t believe in themselves… yet. Maybe they want to believe in themselves. Maybe they come to me, they come to my music to learn how to believe in themselves or to learn how to break away from the norm as much as they’ve wanted to their entire life. I just provide that bridge for people to unplug from the Matrix.” As parents, it is great to know that there are artists in the music industry that are creating positive music and being great influences to the kids out there who are still looking into themselves and trying to find their true self. Kyle is more than just a man who moves to the beat of his own drum, but one who encourages the rest of us to get with the rhythm of believing in our infinite potential. That, more than anything, is what his music is all about.
On today's episode, we are so lucky to have a local Arizona county sheriff come chat with us. With human and drug trafficking as high as it is in Arizona, we thought it would be a great informative show to bring on someone who is in the thick of it all. For those outside of the border states, you may want to pay extra close attention as Sheriff Lamb has some great information on how your states suffer more than the border states in this fight. Mark Lamb, commonly known as America's Sheriff, is a no nonsense, common sense, and patriotic sheriff that is friendly to his county residents and tough on criminals. He has written a book aptly named "American Sheriff", so if you want more information on Mark's history and his wife Janel has also written a book titled "The Sheriff's Wife". Please consider purchasing them and supporting this hard working sheriff. Bridget and I were blessed to meet Mark at my churches trafficking event a few weeks ago and watch him speak. This should be a real treat for our listeners. Although Sheriff Lamb works in Arizona, many of these issues are country-wide, so don't be deterred by his location. Patriotism and constitutionalism are necessary across the United States. It's time we stand up and fight.
Today we are so incredibly blessed to have director, producer, speaker, and adovcate Jaco Booyens on our podcast. If you have been in the anti-sex trafficking space for a bit, you have probably heard of Jaco or his movie 8 Days. If you haven't watched this movie, I HIGHLY recommend it. It shows how quickly people can get into a trafficking situation and how dangerous it becomes. A few weeks ago, Bridget and Becky were at a trafficking conference through Becky’s church and had the privilage of hearing Jaco speak. He is a passionate, bold, blunt, and Godly speaker...exactly what we need as a guest on our podcast. Becky gets the chance to explain to Jaco how his words about porn at the conference opened her eyes to the issue and made her discuss the topic with her sons. Only days before her oldest was asked at school. Devine intervention for sure. This podcast isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s raw, real, and as Becky’s pastor says...a throat punch. Even though it stings, it’s delivered with truth, love, and light. Because life doesn’t stop for a podcast, we hear about how Jaco is currently helping a survivor and attempting to help her get to a safe house. This is an episode you don’t want to miss!
We have a treat today for all you teen parents out there. Smith Alley is the founder of the Live Life Bigger Foundation. An organization that is raising awareness to live life bigger and put down your phone to do something you love. Smith is a senior in high school who struggled with the harmful effects of pornography and social media for 5 years. He decided to change the course of his life at 14 and went through an addiction recovery program. Through that process, he fell in love with helping other people. At the age of 16, he started a company call ProtechtStrong that helps families set up parental restrictions on devices and create healthy social media habits. I'm sure many parents are out there wondering, just like us, how you can get your kids to finish their homework and he's over here changing the world. Don't worry though, he's a typical teenager when it comes to everything else. This content is not something you normally hear from teenagers, but we think it is so important for both parents and teens to hear these stories and learn from them. This next generation is changing the way we speak out about our lives. They are here to change the world and make it someplace we can all be proud to live in. It's time to stop hiding the pain, trauma and hurt behind social media, television, and addictions and start living life bigger. These kids are showing us how to get it right, and it's time for us adults to start supporting them by fixing ourselves up and standing next to them proudly.
When desperate family circumstances in Colombia send young Mari and her sisters to an orphanage for adoption, her biological family thought they would have a better life in America. However, no one could have anticipated the awful reality that awaited them, shattering all images of the American dream. Terrifying living conditions and appalling abuse drove Mari down a dark path to violent outbursts, anger management issues, promiscuity, and drug addiction in an attempt to find an escape any way possible. In spite of these overwhelming circumstances, she changed the course of her life and, through God’s love, not only found herself but the strength and faith to break the chains of abuse. Mari Neli Bejarano Beltran is married, has four daughters, and her first grandchild is on the way. She plans to use her harrowing personal experiences to reach out to children and people all over the world in hopes of reaching those who feel like no one cares or understands what they are going through. This is her first book.
"Sometimes you end up being the only one in the room, filled with darkness and negativity, that is holding the candle of love and light. What you see is scary, hopeless, empty, and desolate. However, what everyone else sees from your candle is hope, connection, light, and beauty. You are the beacon of light in a scary place. Your candle, with its tiny little flame is enough to call to those who need it. And when someone who is scared stands with you in your light and starts their candle on your flame...you have a brighter corner. As more people light their candles, the scary, hopeless, empty room becomes filled with hope, connection, light, and beauty. Keep holding the candle in the dark room. Darkness cannot exist where light is found." On this episode, we bring back the co-founder of Stand By Survivors and host of The Imagination Podcast Emma Pietrzak to discuss what we're doing with the organization, how her podcast is going, and the general state of the world. It is always so much fun to bring Emma back and connect with her. Since we had last had Emma on our podcast, Bridget's parents came down with Co-V and ended up staying in the hospital for a few weeks. Bridget discusses what she did to help her parents and what she's doing now that they are home safe and sound. It truly is a blessing that Bridget was able to learn and apply all the healing techniques over the past few months to help her parents heal. We also discuss the importance of bringing and being the light in this world. It is important that even though some days you feel like you are the only one standing in faith and holding the light of truth, know that you are truly not alone. People are listening, even when it doesn't seem like it.
Our guest today was a lady that Bridget's family introduced us to a few months back. Tina also lives in Gilbert, so we were lucky enough to meet up for a late lunch at a local coffee shop and have a conversation about beliefs, projects, and organizations. Tina has been awake for many, many years, so it was a great conversation and always wonderful to learn from people who have more knowledge and information than we do. Before we left that day, we promised to bring Tina onto our podcast to discuss the dangers v@ccines play on our children. Tina runs the organization Learn the Risk...an organization started by her dear friend Brandy Vaughan. Tina discusses Brandy's life and reason for starting Learn the Risk. As you'll hear in this podcast, there is plenty to discuss about vaccine dangers and the state of the world. If you are curious about what you should do with your child's v@ccines, this is the episode for you. If you know someone who is having a baby, please share this episode with them so they can get another perspective on this controversial topic. Tina gives great information and advice on how to research product inserts and learning the dangers of what these commonly given shots can do to our children. Becky has spent the last 12-18 months clearing heavy metal out of her son's bodies so that their behavioral issues would be reduced. With the help of food coloring and heavy metal removal one son has completely removed ADHD and anxiety medication and the other one is on the lowest dose for his size/age ADHD medication and is reducing his anxiety medication. It is so important to know the information behind what they are trying to push so that you can make an educated decision for your children.
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" Ephesians 6:10-17 On this episode we bring back Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) survivor Lisa Meister to talk about Halloween, the meaning behind what you see and potentially participate in. Because our country has indoctrinated us to believe that these pagan and evil holidays are okay, it is hard to hear why it would be bad. It's just about candy and costumes, right? But if you think about all the other holidays we celebrate as a nation...Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas...they all celebrate life or light in one way or another. Halloween is one of the only holidays that celebrates death. As a SRA survivor, Lisa joins us to connect the dots on what each item we use on Halloween means during a ritual. What we believe to be innocent can be directly tied to occult practices. It is important to know that evil like this truly exists and you should protect yourselves and your family from that evil...whatever you choose to do. This episode is truly meant to be informational, it is not meant to shame anyone or make someone feel that their decision is not valid. As you listen to this episode we want to say...please give yourself grace on this area. We know that people have been taught over the years to think Halloween is no big deal. When you know better you do better. As parents we completely understand that changing things like this is hard, it is different, and you need to plan out how to change it.
"Let All That You Do Be Done In LOVE" 1 Corinthians 16:14 In this episode we are going to pivot a little bit and talk about health. We have Andrea from Herbs from the Heart on our show today. Bridget met Andrea at our local farmers market and they struck up a conversation on healthy living... specifically to help Bridget's parents with their Co-V virus and helping them get out of the hospital. It is always great to get additional perspectives on healing our bodies from trauma, disease, or everyday living. Andrea is such a wealth of knowledge and information and a pleasure to talk to. Becky used her own health journey and asked questions of Andrea to begin doing some personal work in health and healing of her autoimmune issues. Although herbal remedies may not solve all issues as quickly as western medicine, it is a great place to start when you are looking to heal your body naturally. Begin slowly, expect it to take some time, adjust regularly...and remember, it took so many years to get to a state of dysregulation, that it will not be healed over night. But if you can take one less ibuprofen, feel happier more times than not, and have less inflammation within your body, you're on the right track to feeling better and healing yourself holistically. Join us on our journey and conversation with Andrea. And connect with her if you are interested in discussing your personal health and concerns.
On today's episode we are talking to Kevin Sutherland, a survivor from the UK that has an amazing story. If you haven't listened to Kevin's story on The Imagination, please go to our sister podcast hear his story. He was raised in a care home that from the outside looked like a respectable place for children. Unfortunately, it was anything but respectable on the inside and Kevin was abused and saw other children abused. Because of his abuse, Kevin struggled with mental health issues, unsure of who he really was meant to be. As he was figuring himself out, he turned the game around on the pedophiles. Unfortunately he had to pay the price with some jail time, but all I can say is that some heroes don't wear capes. We're going to focus on some of the grooming he had to go through and talk about the mental health aspect of his younger years. We don't get through all our questions during this episode, so stay tuned for Part 2 with Kevin at a future date.
Jorge Ventura is a field reporter and contributor to the Daily Caller. You will often see his stories about what is going on at the boarder cities throughout Texas, California and Arizona. He also has his own news channel called the Ventura Report. His goals in creating the channel were to be able to provide coverage on politics that focused on just the facts. So many people are tired of mainstream media due to their bias while reporting. His news stories are raw, real, unbiased, and truthful. We definitely appreciate his work and are so excited to have him on our podcast. A few weeks ago, Jorge was in southern Arizona filming the illegal immigrants crossing into the United States when a coyote (a human smuggler) pulled a gun on him and threatened his life for recording what he saw. Although he is safe, it is still a nerve wracking situation, but one of heroism as Jorge was able to bring the footage to light. This episode seems like it is different from our standard podcasts guests, but once you realize the dangers that the border crisis brings to our country, you'll quickly realize that it fits right in with our content. Human trafficking, drug smuggling, and illegal border crossing is all part of a larger, more sinister problem that doesn't just impact southern borders, it impacts every state in this union. Trafficked humans and smuggled drugs don't stay at the border, they make there way around the country and destroy families all across this great nation. Take the time to listen to the heroic stories Jorge tells us about what he is seeing at the border, then start pushing your legislation...no matter which state you're in to begin fighting this fight. It impacts us all, and will take the entire nation to get behind. This is much bigger than a wall...but once you realize what that wall prevents and protects, you'll get on board as well.
We are always blessed to have such strong fighters on our podcast, and this episode will be a treat for you guys! On this episode we have actor and producer John Paul Rice. John began his career working on Remember the Titan's in the early 2000s. In 2008, he formed No Restrictions Entertainment with director Edgar Michael Bravo. They have since released 6 critically acclaimed films. Next year, they will be releasing their 7th feature called Game Day. A few years ago, they released a movie called A Child's Voice...a supernatural thriller about a runaway teen who answers a child calling out for help and is sent on a journey to find a human trafficking network run by the child's killer. It's a great movie if you get the chance to watch it. You may have heard the name John Paul Rice from social media and a video he created a little over a year ago where he exposed pedophilia. Although John has been a huge advocate for human trafficking, he is a wealth of information and this episode covers all sorts of topics. Get your notepad ready and your thinking cap on because we're talking about all sorts of things.
Today we're going to take a step away from the heavy discussions and talking to survivors and have a conversation about society's influences and how it impacts mental health. We will discuss how you can prevent those impacts and think about what it means to be an influential person in the world. On today's episode, we have Bridget's sister and brother-in-law Alexis and Randy. They created the brand Under the Influence. An apparel company that wants to rewrite the narrative of what it means to be influential in the world. Alexis and Randy work with many young athletes, teaching them how to become great influencers by being great people. As we discuss in this episode and they talk about with the athletes, think of a time when an athlete comes over and signs a ball for a kid or waves to them in the stands. You have a fan for life with very little effort. It is so important to make sure the influence you are under makes an impact on others. We also spend some time discussing married life, children, and living through God's purpose. Alexis and Randy are wonderful people and it was a joy to chat with them about what they are doing through their brand and their connections with athletes. There will be many people better off because of the generosity offered through this couple. Under the Influence Streetwear: Each Piece has a message Each Person can INFLUENCE TOGETHER we can make an IMPACT
On today's episode we are talking again to Kevin Sutherland, a survivor from the UK that has an amazing story. This is Kevin's second time on our show, so please take the time to listen to Part 1 as we will pick up where we left off. During this episode, we talk about Kevin’s healing journey and how it’s been difficult to heal when you’re not given the truth about your past. Corrupt systems, lack of interest, and falsified documents make for a constant uphill battle. We discuss his family and their current relationship and his mental health. As Kevin continues his journey to clear his name and get traction with his story, we’ll stay in touch and keep you posted.
On today's episode we are talking to three veterans who have bravely served our country. Although they served in different branches, music is what brings them together today. Most recently, you may have heard a phrase "Let's Go Brandon". Well our guests today are three amazing rappers who created a song celebrating the phrase and calling out the situation we find ourselves in. Topher, The Marine Rapper, and D. Cure are veteran, conservative, musicians who have come together through the power of music and patriotism to create the group Space Force. Their song "Let's Go Brandon" has shown up on numerous billboard charts. Along with new music by each artist individually climbing charts as well. Although music is what these guys are doing now, we chat about their history, their service, the entertainment industry, and what brought them to this point. It is so refreshing to have a conversation with true patriots who have an amazing talent for taking current events and turning them into magic. Even if you are not a fan of hip hop or rap, their music appeals to all people...if nothing more than the musicality of it all. It blows my mind how creative and spot on they are. As independent artists, it is important that we support their music by purchasing their song. Although streaming does help a bit, actually purchasing songs or albums is what brings them higher on the charts. Let's show America who really runs this show by speaking with our dollars. Keep these guys high in the charts and let's support these amazing veteran patriots.
We are so incredibly excited to welcome back our very first podcast guest Jeremy Indika. There are so many incredible projects that Jeremy has been working on over the past 8 months and we are grateful that he is here to share them with us. If you didn't listen to the first episode with Jeremey (episode 5), please go back and listen to that one as we're going to jump right into what has been happening since. Last time we chatted, Jeremy had just gone and knocked on his abusers door. It didn't go the way he had hoped and unfortunately ended up in some legal trouble...but he explains to us what happened and where he current is with his case. Jeremy has been working on so many amazing things such as his YouTube channel, videos, and a new platform called Something to Say featuring survivors, believers, and truth tellers. Unfortunately, it takes a ton of money to continue to produce content that is palatable for people to want to watch/listen to while getting the main point across. He's doing a wonderful job and we'd love to see him continue his work. If you feel it in your heart to donate to Jeremy and his work, please click the donation page below. We can't believe how much can change in 8 months and we are so grateful that Jeremy stopped by to tell us about his work. We are blessed to have him as our very first guest and again this time... and can't wait to have him back on soon.
On this episode, we discuss our experiences and recoveries from having Co-V throughout these last few months. It started with Becky's parents getting sick and she decided that she would go over to their house to see if she could catch it. Well, she did...not terribly surprising...and this episode begins by talking about how her and her family handled the disease both physically and mentally. We welcome Peyton back to our podcast because he had a very interesting view on what happened. Becky is almost never sick and she was in bed for a few days resting. Since he has almost never seen her sick AND it was the virus in which propaganda has scared everyone with, he was extremely nervous. Luckily everyone in both families has weathered the storm and we're back to being healthy. During this time we also decided to move Peyton from traditional public school to homeschooling because of all the Co-V nonsense. We talk with him about how he feels being pulled from school and staying home, his emotional state before and after the decision, and what he wants other kids to know who are struggling right now. It's always fun to bring our kids onto our shows as we feel it gives the parents out there some insight into the minds of pre-teen and teenagers. *The medication and protocol we used is available through multiple locations and worked wonders for us, however, we are not medical professionals and recommend doing your own research before following anything.*
There is no other way we'd rather kick 2021 to the curb than to reminisce with our girl Emma. 2021 was a WILD year and one that has brought us crazy times and great success! We bring it back to the beginning when we decided that Stand By Survivors would be a cool group name, that we should probably think about creating a podcast, and figuring out who we wanted to work with. Bridget's journal is FILLED with people we prayed we'd be able to interview and have and one's we're still waiting to chat with. We discuss our best times and our hardest times as podcast hosts, business owners, working ladies, and moms/wives. Each of us tells what we hope will come for us personally and professionally in 2022. And finally where we think the world is headed in the future. God has set our path for us and we are blessed to be together on this journey. Sometimes it's scary, sometimes it's overwhelming, but all the time it's filled with our passion for helping survivors and love for each other. We are so excited to see what 2022 has in store for us and we thank you all for sticking by us. Prayer of Protection: Dear Heavenly Father~ Surround us today with Your unending love. Give us the ability to speak into the hearts and minds of the people listening today. You God are the one who knows what each listener needs to hear... please allow us to shepherd that message to them as you see fit. As we move forward in this next year, we ask you Jesus to give us your grace, forgive our sins, and give us the discernment to follow your path for each of us and as an organization. You are the way, the truth, and the light. God, please place a hedge of protection around this podcast, around us as the hosts, and around all the listeners, that they God will not only feel your glory, but will be protected from the evil that is trying so very hard to win their hearts. And finally, help us to be strong in you Lord...that we come to You with whatever is on our hearts and minds this day. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.
On today's episode, we are talking to trafficking survivor Allison Heagle. For those of you who have Tik Tok, Allison has been bravely and boldly speaking out on that platform about her experiences. She is intensely patient with her audience, answering questions repeatedly and dealing with the trolls that continue to discredit her lived experience. Allison grew up in a loving home with her parents, but as many teenagers do, she had a rebellious streak. About 5 years ago she met a man through a coworker who she believed to be closer in age and ended up in a trafficking situation. She was stuck and in a bad place for about 3 years until she was able to finally escape. Her parents never gave up hope and even allowed her to move back into their house, just happy that she was alive and under their care. Unfortunately, Allison took the fall for some crimes and is now fighting those as well. But she is now, using her experiences and her connection with God to share her story. We are so blessed to have Allison on today to tell you her story so you can hopefully gather some tools to help you parent or lead young ones.
On todays episode we are talking to Brandon and Breanna, the founders of Red Light Rebellion. They are a local (Arizona) group that goes out into the community and speaks primarily to kids in 7th to 12th grades about the dangers they face with human and sex trafficking, having healthy relationships, and the dangers of pornography. Although teens are their focus, they also speak to parents, churches, and communities in the area as this is something we all need to be aware of. We discuss what Brandon and Breanna are seeing when visiting schools, talk about some scary statistics plaguing our kids, and what they’re doing to fight against it. At Red Light Rebellion they know there is a movement all around the world of young people fighting against sex trafficking, and they are creating a culture that is intolerant of exploitation. This generation is igniting a rebellion against sex trafficking like history has never seen before! We encourage listening to this episode with your teen as a way to start communication about difficult topics. You might be surprised by what they already know from friends and peers.
This episode was recorded as an Instagram live a few weeks back. It was a great conversation with independent country artist Rick Lynn. A musician who is writing powerful music that stands up for freedom and what is right, while working and raising a family. Rick tells us how he likes to create music that means something to himself and others while staying away from a political agenda. He wants music that will speak to you and be something you can listen to in your car with your entire family. We discuss how important it is to invest in yourself no matter what goal you have. To continue to plant seeds, move forward, and be true to yourself. Success is measured in different ways, but it's always important to look back and say you tried something or you stood up for something even if it doesn't result in high levels of fame. Rick says "If you can change people's lives and you can make money doing what you love, then you've made it in music." What's his advice for the next generation? "People will judge you no matter what, so just be yourself." It's easy to hide behind a computer screen or a social media handle, so most of the time you don't know them. Don't let those people dictate your attitude and forward movement. Stay positive, find your tribe, and stay true to yourself.
Continuing our series on the message and inspiration behind the music, in this episode we are speaking to Alexandria (Alex) Kutcher an independent artist with a sultry voice who was noticed for her cover of the Evanescence song Bring Me To Life. It was so spot on that it ended up getting a reshare by lead singer Amy Lee. We spent some time talking about how she is writing and creating create music while holding down a full-time job and being present in her marriage with her husband Austin. She discusses how important it is to grow your voice and name in the area you are in by doing the consistent work. Our conversation was an encouragement to those who are independent artists because you don't need a record label to become a household name, you just need to be true to yourself, write good songs, and keep on pushing through. The podcast continues with us talking about her new song 6am and discussing the importance of fostering your marriage. 6am is a brief look into the 10 year relationship between Alex and Austin with a nod to the vows Austin said to her on their wedding day. We discuss the world view of marriage and what we, as Christian wives, believe marriage should be and who we strive to be within our marriages. It's a good conversation for those married or single as something to consider.
BONUS EPISODE 48: The Imagination + Save Our Children Podcast collaborate on this episode by raising awareness to End Human Trafficking and C.P.S. Corruption. BONUS EP! On this episode, we are joined by Emma from 'The Imagination' for an amazing collab episode! We are so honored to introduce to you today - Annette Rauch. Annette has an extraordinary survivor story we will be discussing - she was involved in child trafficking after her parents handed her off to her first handler as a child, and the trafficking continued into her adult life as she was passed along from new handler to handler. Today she bravely stands before you as she fights for her freedom, the freedom of her children who are currently in the hands of corrupt CPS, and her passion for being on the forefront of fighting for Human Trafficking Awareness. On March 6th, 2022, Annette is championing a NATIONWIDE HUMAN TRAFFICKING MARCH that we will be announcing and covering also in this episode. We want to empower you all to take ownership by learning the how's and WHYS of creating and participating in marches bringing awareness to this difficult topic that affects so many worldwide. Talking about human and child trafficking is great, but we all want to encourage you all to take the next step - which is ACTION! One of the other things you will see Annette doing is going up to random strangers in random locations and questioning them about human trafficking and CPS on camera. Some of the responses she gets are inspirational and others are shocking. But regardless, when it comes to taking ‘action’, Annette is leading the pack through her example! Annette is truly a walking miracle who has seen and survived the depths of hell and who stands before you today as an angel to the children and a Child of God doing God’s work. Our hope is that this episode will INSPIRE you to create or join a march on March 6th, 2022!
This episode we are joined again by Hip-Hop artist and Air Force Veteran D. Cure. If you haven't listened to episode 39 with Space Force, we recommend listening to that episode first. Although it is not necessary to hear that episode first, it will help with some context to what we continue with in this conversation. We begin this episode with D. Cure's song Home, a song based on his struggle with alcoholism. He bravely shares with us the difficulties he faced through this time with marriage, his military service, and mental health. He ended up asking God to take him "Home" because he couldn't take the pain of the struggle anymore. Thank God, he survived and has made it through to be able to be with us today writing and singing such strong and compelling music. The conversation continues with us talking about how it's okay to not be okay, but by changing your path you can change your family. D. Cure discusses walking in his purpose, being a man of God, a vet, a husband, and living a sober lifestyle. He uses his platform to not only encourage others with music, but also by using humor on his social media to give people something lighthearted in this dark world. He reminisces about how life was before he found God again, found his amazing wife, and lived 7 years sober. We never know what the next day will bring us, but if we start out by taking the first step, you never know what God has in store for you.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOPHER !! This episode we are continuing the message and inspiration and are joined again by billboard topping Hip-Hop artist, conservative TikTok star, and Air Force Veteran Topher. If you haven't listened to episode 39 with Space Force, we recommend listening to that episode first. Although it is not necessary to hear that episode first, it will help with some context to what we continue with in this conversation. Topher started writing and performing music as early as ten years old, but ventured into politics in November 2019, having discovered his passion for empowerment and fostering positive growth in the society. Topher uses politics as a platform to eradicate the traditional paradigm of biased information and rumors. He draws from his love for seeing people entertained to restoring hope to them with his capability. The conversation centered around standing strong for our country, standing strong for our rights, and standing strong for our families. Discussing the importance of getting back to our foundational principles as a nation. Music is a starting point for people to come together. It's a way to connect values and thoughts beyond just politics. We can find people who like the same types of music we do, then expand out from there to find commonalities. Knowing that these songs are at the top of the billboard charts and in movies without any music label should tell our audience how powerful they are and how many other people truly stand for freedom within this country and around the world. We are so blessed to be sharing the episode on the same week of Topher's new album release and his birthday. Happy Birthday Topher! We appreciate you taking the time to join us on our show and pray for an amazing year for you. God Bless!
*Disclaimer: When we recorded this episode all 3 of us were on screen together and could see each other. Technology does not always work in our favor when it saved this episode zoom formatted it to speaker view verse gallery view. We will upload the SXS frame we refer to in this podcast separately and at the end TMR response was CLASSIC "If he had the world's attention for 30 seconds what would you say?" unfortunately did not capture since it recorded speaker talking at that time when it got reformatted. If zoom is able to get us the hard file of all of us on screen we will do a 2nd upload. Episode 51:The Message and Inspiration behind the Music with The Marine Rapper This episode we are continuing the message and inspiration and are joined again with the greatest military lyricist of all time, The Marine Rapper. If you haven't listened to episode 39 with Space Force, we recommend listening to that episode first. Although it is not necessary to hear that episode first, it will help with some context to what we continue with in this conversation. Not only is TMR a two time marine combat veteran and military journalist, he's a number 1 billboard artist. His conservative, wholesome, and pertinent music spans multiple genres as he's collaborated with a multitude of artists. We spend some time discussing TMR's family and background, along with his time in the military both here and oversees. He regales us with his stories of living in new countries, surviving dangerous situations, and meeting some amazing people under stressful circumstances. It is so interesting to hear him describe what he went through in Iraq and Afghanistan. Everyday TMR spends roughly 22 minutes on an IG live talking to veterans who need someone to talk to. His podcast, Alive Everyday is a play on words meaning doing an IG live every day, but also recognizing the fact that we're alive today. After almost 3 years of going live everyday and talking to so many people, we knew he would have the best answer for Bridget's end of episode question "If you were given the world's attention for 30 seconds, what would you say?"... and he didn't disappoint.
BONUS EPISODE 52: The Message and Inspiration behind the beat with 3X Billboard charting producer Don Trochez On this episode we are speaking to 3 time billboard charting producer, singer/songwriter Don (Roberto) Trochez. He’s worked with artists like Bryson Gray, The Marine Rapper, Alexandria Kutcher, and Kelvin J, but is just getting his feet wet in the music industry. Today we hear the message and inspiration behind his beats and working with specific artists. As a young boy with albinism, Don learned to do things his own way. Because of difficulty seeing, he turned to music and playing the guitar. He was "red-pilled" in 2019 and started listening to Bryson Gray's music. In 2020, he realized that instead of turning away from God and staying lukewarm...almost Atheistic, he decided to read the bible again and find God in his life. Continuing to follow Bryson fueled his passion of Christianity and music. In 2021, Don believed his music was good enough to send on to Bryson. One of the first beats he sent him was the Free Your Mind beat that Bryson used. He then told other Christian Conservative Rappers about Don's beats and to work with him, which is how his journey progressed to working with Kelvin J and The Marine Rapper. Talking to Don gives us such hope for our future. Hearing that a young man has such passion for God, this country, and his family is awe inspiring. He is someone we can allow our kids to listen to and follow in his footsteps. As more and more Christian Conservative men and women join the fight, I know it will begin to change the dynamic. Don is a down to earth, wonderful guy and we can't wait to see what this world has to offer him in the future. Although his name is not front and center on these albums/songs, please support Don by supporting these artists he's working with.
This week is a bombshell combo podcast episode between the ‘Save Our Children Podcast’ with hosts, Becky and Bridget and 'The Imagination'! Today and together, we are honored to feature a guest who has been on the front lines pioneering the fight for our children for many years, @Jaco Booyens . Jaco is an educator and public speaker on child abuse who has shined a bright light on issues such as child trafficking and the dangers of pornography - just to name a few. He has also most recently began speaking on the new podcast he hosts called, “The Bottom Line with Jaco Booyens”. Jaco is an author, Founder of the ‘SHARE Together’ giving collective, creator of ‘Content That Transforms Culture’ at After Eden Pictures, director of the film “8 Days” that highlights the massive epidemic of child sex trafficking happening right in our backyards, he’s a husband, a Patriot, a man of God, and most importantly - he’s an invaluable voice for the voiceless and an angel for the children. In this important episode we discuss a few topics Jaco doesn't speak on often such as SRA, the spiritual and demonic side of child abuse, and receiving invitations from the Ill-uminati... In addition, he gives some incredible guidance for parents and for all of us about guiding children through a world that works around the clock to hijack their precious and innocent unconscious minds as well as the truth at the border and the horrors of child trafficking happening that the news has been silent about. Jaco also gives us insight into his new podcast and new projects he's launching and working on! This is an episode full of value from start to finish that we hope touches your heart and helps you gain as much insight on current events as it did for us. God bless Jaco and may God bless all of you listeners and supporters!
'THE IMAGINATION' PODCAST FEATURE BONUS EPISODE 54: Exclusive Interview with Sincerely Collins -Defying Hollywood, Musical Wordsmithery& the Mystery of His Mom's Death This week I’m joined by co-host of the ‘Save Our Children Podcast, Bridget Vega, and together we are going to introduce you to one of our greatest inspirations in the music industry: rising independent Phoenix Born hip-hop lyricist, artist, patriot, father, visionary, producer and man of God, @Sincerely Collins ! Born Kyle Collins, he is a survivor himself having grown up without a father, surviving the early and mysterious disappearance of his mother, surviving homelessness and being able to stand bravely in front of you today after his decision to throw everything he has into hip-hop. In his own words: “I make music for dreamers,” “I make music for people who just know that there’s more, I make music for people who have visions, for people who believe in themselves but don’t necessarily know how to take action on that.” “Maybe they want to believe in themselves. Maybe they come to me, they come to my music to learn how to believe in themselves or to learn how to break away from the norm as much as they’ve wanted to their entire life - I just provide that bridge for people to unplug from the Matrix.” And unplugging from The Matrix is exactly what happens when you plug INTO his powerful music. His newest album, “Synchronicities” opens up with tracks such as “War of the Roses” that encapsulate his incredible story of overcoming adversity as a child to an adult, and takes you into powerhouse hits like “Revolution” that make you want you blast the volume all the way up as you’re driving down Las Vegas Blvd with the windows down. Kyle says about his newest single “Glow” with Hirez and Julia Ross that “This could be the biggest song I’ve done so far” and a song I highly recommend you download along with his plethora of other albums and singles. He has most recently sat down with Gilbert Police in Arizona to reopen his mother’s “Missing Persons File” and after 30 years of unanswered questions, Kyle has found the strength to find answers to a mystery that’s plagued him for his whole life. Sincerely Collins is an inspiration and his defiance to the typical Hollywood model in music is encouraging a musical ‘Revolution’ in the music industry where artists and aspiring artists all over the world are going independent and following his lead. We are honored to bring to you today, the one and only Kyle Collins AKA: Sincerely Collins.
On this episode we are speaking to Emma-Jane Taylor, founder of The Works Co, a series of lifestyle businesses that was founded over 25 years ago. Emma-Jane is a self proclaimed fitness addict, mom, corporate trainer, and author. However, due to the sexual abuse she experienced as a child, she has organically found herself in a place of activism, speaking, and presenting. In 2018, Emma-Jane wrote the motivational self-help book Don't Hold Back, based on her personal and difficult story of CSA (child sexual abuse), rejection, and abandonment. At age 9 she was abused by a trusted adult while on vacation. At age 11 she was rejected and abandoned by her biological father, and as a teenager was sexually abused by another trusted adult. In 2021 she gave her TEDx Talk titled "it's not just strangers we should be careful of" the message that aligns to her new charity Project 90/10 which speaks to the statistic that 90% of children are being abused by someone they know yet we teach "stranger danger" which covers only 10%. Project 90/10 focuses on reducing child sexual abuse through education, knowledge, protection, awareness, care, and research. Emma-Jane is a powerful voice for the voiceless. We had a great conversation with her as mom's dealing with teenage children.
On todays episode we are speaking to survivor, motivational speaker and army veteran Vanessa Morbeck. Along with her time in the army, she went on to become a law enforcement officer (the first federal law enforcement officer in her family), she is the first female veteran in her family, the first to obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Although these are spectacular accomplishments, Vanessa has suffered from military sexual trauma (MST), PTSD, attempted suicide, divorce, domestic violence, homelessness, and the loss of 3 of her 4 children. Despite these horrific situations, Vanessa finds her courage by using her platform to give people in similar situations hope so they don’t feel so alone. We speak about Vanessa’s experience within the military, specifically her sexual trauma. It’s something we need to speak out about more as it occurs more often than we’d like to think. Not only the act itself, but the retaliation that comes from speaking out against the perpetrator. What happened when Vanessa reported her abuse? What advice would she give to those service men and women finding themselves in the same position as she did? We discuss these things and more during this episode. Vanessa's story is hard to hear, but it is one that people need to sit back and listen to. We are so blessed to have her on our show and grateful for her bravery by bringing her story to our listeners. Even more so, we are astounded by her courage and fight to bring hope to those in similar situations. Thank you for taking the time to listen to these hard conversations so we can collectively change the world.
In this episode we're speaking to Shannon, Marine Corps veteran, single mother, supporter of the clothing line Call Me Mommy, and founder of The Happy Bean Project. The Happy Bean Project takes a simple concept of connecting though coffee and furthers that connection into pairing people living on the street and people suffering with mental health issues to resources that are already available. Their, team of volunteers go to homeless shelters, mental health facilities and the streets to serve coffee food, clothing and hygiene donations. Through coffee they are able to show those in need that people care about them, giving them hope and a person to talk to while sipping coffee. The goal is to save lives, to help prevent suicide, and to get people talking about mental health through coffee. As someone who deals with mental health herself, Shannon knows all to well the dangers of falling through the cracks of the system. Not having someone to understand or listen when you're having a bad day is a dangerous combination. We talk about the how the system is not designed to help people with mental health issues, and in some cases makes the situation worse. We discussed the mental health stigma that comes from being in the military and how it is so very important to make sure the mental health is taken care of just as much as the physical health. Being in the military is just as emotionally/mentally taxing as it is physically taxing, yet there isn't anything to help service men and women deal with the hardships before, during, and after their time in the military. Shannon talks about how important it is to see a mental health professional while in the military so that soldiers begin to understand their own mind. This episode is a great dive into the depths of mental health, the stigma society places on it, and what we can do for ourselves and others to help make the world better. Please stop by the Happy Bean Project website for more information on how to help a great cause.
On today's episode we are speaking to freedom fighter and truth seeker Jared James. We started following Jared back at the end of 2020 when we supported Ally, a trafficking survivor we found on Instagram. Jared was just the alpha male voice we needed because he was speaking out against trafficking, the nonsense of Co-V and the craziness of the world we live in. Even during difficult time, he would be the positive person on his Instagram stories trying to help people think outside the box and come up with new and different ways to work around their situations to come up with their own businesses. As a young man, Jared began to feel stuck in his life. One day he stumbled upon the book Think & Grow Rich, a personal development and self-help book that teaches the reader to apply a philosophy to become better prepared to attract and enjoy the spiritual values. It explains how using your mind, your imagination, working with other people, persistence, and a host of other things can direct your life and improve your future. It became the education and direction Jared was looking for. We discuss how he uses the principles of the "New Age" movement to better his life. He began educating himself on how he could use his mine, energy, and goals to create the life he wanted. Our conversation then goes into speaking about how we can do our part to stand up against the world, end human trafficking, and do the right thing. We can show our support with many things...our money, our attention, and our vote. We need to make sure that we are giving these things to the proper people/businesses/organizations. Happiness comes from finding your way and putting your energy into things that make your life better. Take back your energy...energy can't be destroyed, it can only be changed. Make sure you're taking on the right energy and surrounding yourself with people who vibrate at the same frequency. Jared gives us some great insight into his life, his mindset, and how he lives a positive and happy life without living in the world as many know it. There is an entire world beyond TV, music, sports, and entertainment. Unfortunately, the price of your new, peaceful life comes at the cost of the comfortable old one.
Today we have such a fun treat for you. Mom Claudia and her daughters Claudia Andrea and Valarie are three super talented women and we are blessed to be able to chat with them today. Claudia has a YouTube channel called Her Soul Vacation where she takes you around on all her adventures where she shows you how to connect to your soul and be happy. Claudia Andrea released her first single featuring The Marine Rapper called Y Fuera in early February. And her sister Valarie just released her first single Duality at the end of February. Claudia and Claudia Andrea are originally from Chile and emigrated here when Claudia Andrea was a young girl. The stories of Claudia’s youth are shocking and a stark reminder that we need to appreciate the freedoms our country has to offer. It was such a wonderful experience to sit back and listen to the stories and love these three women have for each other. The healing that’s occurred and occurring still is something to be recognized and appreciated. Generational trauma isn’t changed overnight, but is incredibly powerful to heal it. You can see that the work Claudia has done on her self to break familial chains has impacted her daughters. And all three of them have become strong, talented, and beautiful women. It was a blessing to have them on our show and I hope you learn as much from them as we did.
HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY!! Time to celebrate our first year of podcasting. A full year of amazing guests, great insights, and lots of laughs. On today’s episode we’re thrilled to have back our friend, podcast host, and co-founder of Stand By Survivors Emma Pietrzak. In this two section episode, we bring in Becky’s boys, Peyton (14) and Connor (11), to help us discuss symbolism. We take some time to show the signs and symbols and then allow the boys to talk about what they see while watching TV or with their friends. It’s shocking what is right in our face that we ignore or don’t see. There are some examples shown, so if you want to see them, please head to our YouTube video for the images. In the second part of this episode, we say good bye to the boys and talk about our experience with the podcast. Emma makes us the guests as she asks us the questions this time. It was a great episode full of lots of insight, fun, and laughs. Thank you to everyone who’s made the Sage Our Children podcast a success. We couldn’t do it without you and we’re blessed beyond measure that God gave us this opportunity.