If there is one interview all this year that you need to listen to, this would be it. Meet Joyce Dixson Haskett. Her story although at times was hard for me to hear, needs to be told. Joyce was trafficked, abused and served seventeen years in prison for killing her abuser. Even though her life was hard and almost impossible at times, her faith never faltered. Joyce is one of the most inspirational people I have ever met, and when you listen to her story you will hear for yourself why she is a WCSX "Woman Who Rocks".
Human trafficking is real. I witnessed it first hand when I lived over-seas. There you almost expect it to happen, but not here. Not in America, but Michigan ranks extremely high on a country wide list of states with what I refer to as modern day slavery. Joyce is on a mission to help survivors of human trafficking and now is a clinical social worker.
A woman who survived severe sexual abuse and was imprisoned for murdering her pimp delivered an emotional speech to area residents at the Anti Human Trafficking Coalition Conference. She was standing naked in the middle of the room while several johns took turns beating her with pool sticks during a brutally cruel game where they swung repeatedly to see who would be the first to knock her down.
If you think you may know someone who is being trafficked or in need of help there are resources available.
Attorney General - Human Trafficking
In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter from Turning Point Macomb. Cyndy and I continue the conversation about Human Trafficking and how to spot someone who may be in that situation. Cyndy and I also discuss holiday stress. Thanksgiving is next week and some people while although are thankful for spending time with family can't handle the preparations and commotion involved with the holiday.
When it comes to Thanksgiving, we often picture Norman Rockwell-esque images of a happy family gathered together around the table. Delicious food, thoughtful conversations, and loving interactions, all sprinkled with a heart-warming dose of "thankfulness" and appreciation. But in reality, most of my clients report that their Thanksgiving family gatherings are full of tension, bickering, and passive-aggressive comments.
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