Episode Sixteen - Judge Rosemarie Aqualina and the "Women in Blue"

The Detroit Public Safety Foundation is celebrating "Women In Blue" for the month of May. The Women in Blue program is a celebration of the women within the Detroit Police Department, Detroit Fire Department and EMS. This week I went to the breakfast where all of these amazing women were honored. I had a chance to speak with so many incredible people, including Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aqualina who resided over the Larry Nassar sexual assault trial. She is an inspiration and after hearing her message about women power, I truly believe there is nothing that women cannot accomplish if they truly decide to.

Judge in Larry Nassar case to be keynote speaker at Women in Blue event

Before the Larry Nassar case, Rosemarie Aquilina was just like every other judge of the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County. But after her sentencing of the sexual abuser and former physician at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, she has become quite well known.

While at the event I spoke with Carolyn Clifford from WXYZ Channel 7, Detroit Police Chief James E. Craig and a survivor of Larry Nassar Trinae Gonczar. I also ran into Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy who was featured on "Women Who Rock" a couple weeks ago and 1st Assistant Police Chief Lashinda Stair who was featured on last weeks' "Women Who Rock".

In the 2nd half of the podcast Cyndy Schalter-Salsido from Turning Point Macomb and I discuss the "Royal Wedding" and America's obsession with the royals. We also discuss cults. Lately, it seems every network has some show about someone who was in a cult, or escaped from one. Cyndy and I talk about why people are drawn to these organizations, and really how common they are.

All of the Cult Related Documentaries, Films and TV Shows You Should Be Watching

It's safe to say that cults are having a bit of a moment in popular culture right now. That is thanks, in part, to the influx of miniseries, true crime documentaries and real life cult mysteries entering the cultural consciousness.

Cyndy and I also discuss the second season of the Netlfix hit "13 Reasons Why". The show is back and is crating controversy again over the way some claim it glamorizes teen suicide.

13 REASONS WHY Season 2 Trailer (2018) Netflix Thirteen Reasons Why TV Concept

Their story isn't over. #13ReasonsWhy Season 2 is coming. ▼ New #Netflix 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Trailer Concept. Starring Dylan Minnette as Clay Jensen, Katherine Langford as Hannah Baker, Christian Navarro as Tony Padilla, Alisha Boe as Jessica Davis, Brandon Flynn as Justin Foley, Miles Heizer as Alex Standall & more.

There is always help available if you or someone you know is thinking about hurting themselves.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 160 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.



The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

(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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