Episode Forty Eight – Blythe Spitsbergen Download

43:09 Download February 22nd, 2019

Did you know nearly 70% of all reported sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under? I didn’t until I spoke with Blythe Spitsbergen from “Carehouse” of Oakland County. Blythe is this week’s “Woman Who Rocks” on WCSX and is trying to break the cycle of silence and help children become survivors of sexual abuse and not just statistics.

Blythe is an amazing person who doesn’t ever want a child who has been abused or assaulted to go through life not having their voice heard. “Carehouse” of Oakland County is a children’s advocacy center, providing first rate services to victims of child abuse and neglect.

The mission of the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency is to be a leading resource in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and the protection of children through advocacy, education, intervention, research, training, and treatment, in collaboration with the community. The “Carehouse” vision is to impact the safety of every child in Oakland County through intervention, prevention and treatment.

While speaking with Blythe, I learned that every story about abuse is different, but all had the same thing in common, it shouldn’t have happened. In my opinion, and as a sexual assault survivor, there needs to be a dialogue. Children deserve to be children and be happy. Sexual abuse and assault takes that away and sometimes leads to other issues in the future.

In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from Turning Point Macomb. This week we talk about the criticism faced by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer regarding the outfit she wore to her “State of the State” speech.  “Fox 2 News”  did a story about the mean, hurtful and sometimes lewd comments posted on social media about the Governor during her speech, but the reporter took back lash as well for telling the story.  Cyndy has an interesting take on women in power and how they are perceived.

Social media focuses on Whitmer's dress - not her address

Statement from FOX 2 News Director Kevin Roseborough: On Tuesday night, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State address discussed many issues of importance to our state. FOX 2 broadcast and streamed the speech live. We were taken aback by the number and nature of many inappropriate Facebook comments on the governor's physical appearance.

Cyndy and I also a very important topic regarding mental health, should employees with depression problems be allowed mental health days off of work when they are struggling? I think it’s a great idea, especially for those who work in high pressure fields. Cyndy explained the cost of mental health for employers and also spoke about certain career paths that people do need breaks from.

Anxiety is expensive: Employee mental health costs rise twice as fast as all other medical expenses

Thomas Barwick | Iconica | Getty Images Anxiety is expensive for U.S. employers. The amount of money companies spend on the mental health of their employees has been rising rapidly - with annual costs increasing twice as fast as all other medical expenses in recent years, according to data from Aetna Behavioral Health.

We all have heard of challenges some kids are performing that they find on the internet. A new one however has police officers around the country issuing warnings and pleading with children not to do it. Cyndy and I discuss when pranks go to far and how to teach children to utilize “safe” challenges for charity.

Police warn parents about dangerous '48-hour challenge' circulating online

Police across the country are warning parents about a dangerous social media dare called the "48-hour challenge" - but its not clear people are actually doing it. The challenge involves teens running away from home for a 48-hour period and then getting "points" on social media in the form of likes and shares, according to police warnings.

And finally, a little feel good story for your ears and eyes. We use Tinder and other apps on our phones for dating, so why can’t animals? No, seriously, animals need love too, or they need a legitimate mate to make more animal babies. Mooooooveeee over Tinder there is another dating app that is giving you a run for your dairy, I mean money.

Turning Point is ALWAYS here to help!!!!!!

(Cyndy Schalter-Salsido)


Domestic violence and sexual assault rob an individual of their sense of safety, power, and dignity. Turning Point provides emergency and support services to meet both the immediate and long-term needs of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Turning Point strives to provide a safe non-judgmental place for survivors to explore their feelings and options, and regain control of their lives.
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