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Every Monday; Wednesday & Friday nights from 9pm-11pm e.s.t.; you can catch the Executive Director of our Dreamcatchers Blog Talk Radio Programing live and join in with her discussions. Author/Advocate/Activist/Survivor; Ms. Tricia McKnight is hosting a fresh line up of programs to spark your awareness and education about the crimes of abuse within our homes. These issues direct education about the severe epidemic of child abuse and the tragic global impact. Here at Dreamcatchers for Abused Children we have a highly qualified team of specialist, advocates & experts who want to help you create a heightened awareness of these crimes within your community. Our children will carry the silent burden of abuse without ever speaking up, most often because of threats to keep them quiet. It is our responsibility as a society to step up and speak out as we educate, encourage, support and inspire each other in the battle to end this madness.
Please join in with Tricia and our amazing team as we bring the discussions of these issues into your home. Together we can move forward in the effort to provide love, guidance, and most importantly SAFETY to all children and those within their homes. We cannot complete this task without your support. It is a societal effort to break down the barriers of this silent crime. Rape, Molestation, Emotional Abuse, Psychological Abuse; none of these daily battles ever show outward physical signs until it has broken their spirits. Will your child tell you, even if it is someone they are taught to love and respect? Now lets join voices and talk about these horrific attacks against our children and what we can do to stop them.
There are many types of abuse and we hope to address each topic as we proceed throughout the week. Our shows are typically an OPEN DISCUSSION FORMAT. This will allow all of our listeners to get involved and call in to share their stories, ideas, thoughts & opinions. You are encouraged to call in at (917)932-1132; please follow prompt to connect with the host!!!
Through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+ ; you will see the events sent about each show and the different topics & guests. We will send out the link and the call in number along with the event announcement. Aslo we have special shows with our expert couple hosts, Leo & Jane Alverez. They are the founders of The Children’s Wall of Tears and we are so honored to have their many years of expertise in the battle against child abuse. We hope that you are as excited as we are about the new & fresh line up of shows, topics, news, cases discussed and handbook reviewed for educational purposes. You are always invited to join in with Tricia and her guests live or you can catch any of our broadcast through our ONE OF A KIND 24/7 LIVE STREAM ARCHIVES at www.wix.com/dreamcatcherstalkrad/dreamcatchers ; available within minutes after the broadcast.
Dreamcatchers Executive Director Blog Talk Radio
Author/Advocate/Activist/CSA & DV Survivor
Ms. Tricia A. McKnight
Author: “My Justice”
E-Book/Paperback/Kindle & Nook
Child Abuse Advocates & Experts
Founders: The Children’s Wall of Tears
In this heralded and incredible new novel, “My Justice”, the talented author,Patricia A. McKnight, will sweep you away in the madness of abuse and domestic violence. This author is taking her readers into a journey to find the happiness once ripped away from her. You will be taken through a campaign of hope and resilience against all battles as you read this astounding new novel.
Ms. McKnight has written an outstanding and highly inspirational novel that gives each reader a map of awareness and escape from the silence that traps so many of its victims. The main character of this novel, “Trecia Ann”, is sharing the voice of the little girl who could never speak out of the neglect and horror that filled her world. She became so engulfed in the household of cruelty that it created a path that she would travel for over thirty years.
This true survival story will take you on an exploration of mind and soul. You will walk through life in the eye’s of a young girl. Readers will experience the fears, dreams, wishes and darkest fears of a child. You will hear her cries, feel her rage and be overcome by her years of sadness; in the end to be lifted by her triumphant happiness. This novel will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. You will be taken on a ride that will reach the depths of your moral fortitude, which most leave untouched. “Trecia Ann” will have you crying and screaming, demanding justice for all. After all, this is only the story of one, of many, of the abused.
Many reviews have been received on this new novel and the deepest of those are from people of this child’s past who speak out about the girl who was lost in the cracks of blindness. One such person was her fourth grade teacher, who is now retired but still involved in up and coming teachers.
Retired School Teacher, Ms. Linda Walcher, strongly praises: “This novel is a teaching of awareness for anyone who has direct contact with children to the extreme tragedy of neglect that is so commonly overlooked, but which can be the beginning signs of something much deeper. As a teacher, a mother, a person who cherishes all children; this amazingly well written novel made me want to scream and beg for others to read the details that are so exceptionally shared in the glorious strength of a child’s words.”
Best selling author, Child Advocate, Peter T. Senese; Director of I CARE Foundation comments: “Ms. McKnight has a beautiful story that she shares, one that is surely about abuse; however, “My Justice” is more about the mankind’s and the human spirits capability and capacity to triumphantly bask in the magic of freedom no matter how dark the present may be. Undeniably, this is a story of good over evil, a story of freedom over slavery, a story of courage over fear, and a story that does not simply entertain at the highest level, but it educates, makes us think, and makes us want to do better with respect to our own interactions with one another. “
You will find “My Justice” available through Authorhouse.com; Amazon; Barne’s & Noble. It is available in E-book; Kindle & Nook, as well as paperback version. This incredible and inspiring novel is now available wherever books are sold.
Here is just the first paragraph of the astounding book review given by
Best Selling Author Peter Thomas Senese “There are times when a very special book is written that captures your heart and causes you to not only embrace the story’s main character, but to also act in your full capacity to protect what is right and what is good. And nothing in my mind is worth protecting, worth fighting for, worth risking everything for when it comes to protecting the innocence of defenseless children targeted for abuse by those who are entrusted to protect, guide, and love them. Author Patrica A. McKnight has written a masterpiece novel so well written, so important to society, and so enlightening for others – those who know abuse equally as to those who pursue their dreams and liberties – that her “My Justice” shook the very foundation of who I am and my own interactions in this world, as I asked myself, “Am I doing enough?” Unquestionably, “My Justice” is a Call-To-Arms against abuse and neglect, but it too is a critically important road map, a blue print if you will, for others to learn by in order to break the cycles of abuse often found in a person’s life when abuse occurs and is sustained beginning at an early age.”
It is highly important for all of society to have a heightened awareness about the brutal crimes of abuse. We must all come together with our voices and be able to discuss them publicly. If our children feel that it is shameful to talk about the horrific attacks that haunt them, then they will not freely come to us when they are suffering. For decades our world has been hiding these crimes and the victims have been forced not only to endure the attacks, but also to carry the shame which has been attached to them. No longer can we continue to abandon those who are suffering in this trauma. It is time instead to speak openly and freely about the crimes that attack us within our own family unit.
Go here to see the amazing book review of “My Justice” http://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A2QWOMNUO1WJI3/ref=cm_cr_pr_pdp
Please follow this link to view the entire press release that has been shared with thousands. Best selling author; Peter Thomas Senese along with NY Renowned Attorney Mr. Joel Walter & Child Advocate Mr. Frank Mattoni have given not only praise but reviews of excellence and their strong recommendation for this exhilarating read!!!
My sincere gratitude is not enough to express the tremendous feeling of pride & happiness that their magical words and support have given me. I will be forever indebted to these strong symbols who live to fight against the crimes of child abuse!!! Mr. Senese, Attny Walter, and Mr. Mattoni: I thank you for this fabulous step forward for “My Justice” and for the high recommendations you have given herein.
Patricia A. McKnight
“My Justice” is a true and graphic look into the very brutal world of Child Abuse and Domestic Violence. Through this brilliant new author’s story you will feel the power of a little girl who is left to rot in the, almost daily, sadistic abuse from her stepfather, while all of her most basics needs are abandoned by the mother who should be there to protect her. She will allow you to feel the extreme desperate cries of a child, whom her entire community ignored.
Inside this amazing novel you will be taken into the world of secrecy, shame and trauma. “Trecia Ann”, the courageous child of this novel, will guide society through the path of learning about the “trained” acceptance and expectation of cruelty as it follows her through life; destroying everything good in her world. As she conquers the many different demons that try to hold her down and break the true spirit within her, it is then you will feel the power and courage she has to gain back the happiness that was once stripped away from her.
This new amazing novel, “My Justice”, carries with it a very powerful awakening to our society. The strength of a survivor to take away the coal stained hand that has held her captive in the silence of abuse for over thirty years, has now come to life as she stands proudly before us and shares her sincere inspirations to always keep moving forward.
“Peter Thomas Senese……..”My Justice” deserves to be described as gripping, empowering, compelling, and a read that you do not want to put down. Equally, there are, on occasions, a very different way of writing a review of an authors work, and for me, this is one of those times. So … “Ms. McKnight, your courage to share this story, your courage to stand up Unbowed and to live in Uhuru exemplifies what is right in this world. In reading “My Justice” I know my world became closer, and in that, a better place. “My Justice” is a book that I will recommend to others – not just those entrapped in abuse, but as the lessons shared cross many boundaries, I will share it with those who have forgotten to trust and believe in themselves. Thank you for writing “My Justice” – you have written a treasure that will make this world a better place.”
A note from Tricia……There are millions of survivors who struggle through the aftermath of abuse and it is important to recognize that each of their stories carries with it the desire to be validated. As a society it is our responsiblity to honor the spirit they show each day as they walk bravely out of their unbelievable sadness and nightmares.
You can purchase “My Justice” through the following links, where the author has given you the First Five Chapters Free. Be prepared to be shocked and hooked in immediately!!!
She feels your eyes on her and she’s ashamed of how she looks; to her your eyes are burning judgement. The girl wonders if you can see what she’s feeling.
“Can you see me standing by myself? Can you see how I feel?” she wonders. “I know how bad I look, but you’re not supposed to know why.”
The little girl is about 12 years old. You see how pretty she could be if only she took better care of herself. Her eyes are a sparkling blue water and you can see the sadness on her face. She wishes no one would notice her. She wants to be like your daughter, but she can’t. She’s trapped and doesn’t know what to do. She wishes her Mom loved her.
“My mom doesn’t even care that I look like this. She doesn’t notice me at all.”
You look a little closer at her and you see her arms have open sores on them. To you they look ugly and infected. Your reaction is to pull your 10 year old closer to you so she doesn’t catch anything.
You’re not sure who this girl is, but you see her every morning and she always looks the same.
You start to wonder about her parents. “My God,” you think. “Who could let this child look like that? Why don’t people take care of their kids? That poor thing must feel so horrible.”
You see the other children standing around in small groups together, but this girl isn’t part of them, nor is she invited to join them. The other girls also turn to look at her. They point then turn away; saying things which you can only imagine.
Then you watch as the girl pulls her arms in around her; clutching her books tightly against her chest. She is hoping it will block your judgement of her.
“Please don’t think bad of me like they do,” she thinks to herself as she sneaks another glance your way. “If you knew what I had to do last night what would you really think of me then?” Her mind keeps going with questions, “Would you let things happen to me like that if I were with you? I can never stop him or say anything to him. He is supposed to be my dad and take care of me, but he is so cruel to me. He always hurts me, but I can’t help it. He just keeps coming after me.”
While you wait at the bus stop with your daughter to watch her and make sure she stays safe, you turn your back to the girl and keep a watchful eye on the other kids around you. The girl never steps out of her safety boundaries; standing alone, close to the bushes every morning without saying a word to anyone. She just glances around and sometimes gives a shy little smile your way as she ponders on her life; deeply wishing that someone would take care of her. She wants her mom to notice her, but when the girl was woke up this morning she was just told to get ready.
“Get your ass out of that damn bed and get moving.” she recalls. “You are not staying home with me so you better not be late. You get moving,” her mom yells up the stairs.
As the little girl stands quietly by the bushes her mind is racing with memories and flashbacks of her night. She barely got any sleep and she feels utterly exhausted, more tired than any adult working a full day at two jobs. This child is standing there amazingly strong, but completely exhausted from her trauma. He had attacked her again after sending her brother and sister to bed last night. He made her put on that nightgown again and touched her all over.
She starts to question silently, “Do you see what he did to me? Do you see the stains he left on me? Can you please help me?”
Maybe for the past six months you have noticed she has gotten a little worse in appearance or actions. “Still; no one else in town has said anything about this family, so why bother?” You say to yourself, “I don’t want to step in against those people. Her dad is up at the bar where her mom works everyday, then he goes home with the kids. I’ll bet something’s happening there,” you think. “But it’s not my place to say anything. I just hope with those sores she stays away from my daughter.”
The girl’s mind is still spinning with all of her fears. “He touched me, pinched me, probed at me. He made me do things that were so nasty. He told me how ugly I was as he pushed me away. Then when I fell on the floor he got really angry and grabbed me by the hair.” She rubs the top of her head as she’s remembering the night of terror. “When I fell what caused him to get so angry? I never know what it is that makes him so mean with me, but it happens all the time.” She wishes she could tell someone what happened and holds back the tears as her mind drifts back. “His hand swung up out of nowhere and landed hard on the side of my face as he started beating me; yelling about how disgusting I am.” The bruise on her face was just starting to show a little on the side this morning. She saw it as she was getting dressed, but apparently you didn’t see it. “You can only see the filth on me,” she thinks as she glances over again.
You are still standing there quietly watching your daughter and secretly looking back at her. Your eyes burn on her though. She knows you can see the ugly sores on her and her greasy unkept hair. She knows you can see her wrinkled clothes that she dug out of the dirty laundry this morning. She didn’t have anything clean to wear, but it seemed her little sister had all kinds of cute things to put on. In truth, the girl had on her sister’s underpants because she didn’t have any of her own.
Now she starts to think about what might happen if she reached over to you. She knows she would break down crying. Then she remembers how he had threatened her. She was supposed to call him, “Dad”, but all he did was hurt her and he told her,
“If anyone finds out about this your mom will get angry and they will take you away from her, but I’ll come to find you and when I do,” he said to her, “I will gladly kill you. No one will ever find you again. You will be buried somewhere deep.”
Those words were branded into her soul just as his touch was burned into her skin. The girl is trapped in her nightmare. She can’t reach out to anyone. She’s afraid of someone noticing her,
“What if they say something to me,” she wonders. “What am I suppose to do if they ask me about the bruises or the filth growing on my skin? If they tell anyone he’ll kill me, but I need someone to help me. I am just a little girl who wants to have friends to play with and have quiet when I do my homework, but most of all I just wish I could take a bath again.” This little girl standing so brave is screaming inside, “Please help me, but be careful what you do or say, he will hunt me down; he will kill me!!”
As the bus pulls up and the other kids start rushing forward to get the best seats, the girl stands back. She waits patiently, making sure to stay out of everyone’s way. You notice she is aware of everything around her as she steps away from the bushes. While you guide your precious, beautiful daughter to the door you hope inside that the infected girl behind you doesn’t sit down next to her. The girl sneaks past you.
“I can’t bump into anyone,” she worries. “Please don’t pay any attention to me. If I can get through the bus ride and through my school day I’ll be alright, but then I have to go home. When he gets home from the bar tonight he might still be angry or he might want to do that nasty stuff.”
As she gets on the bus to face her day of fear, her deepest thought is knowing that nothing will change in her life. No one will challenge her parents, and even if they did, he would still be there; haunting her.
“Please help me I’m trapped!!!” she quietly screams inside.
(c) Patricia A. McKnight
Author: “My Justice”
Tricia McKnight is the new host of “Survivors Speak Out” a Dreamcatchers for Abused Children blog talk radio program. She is an author and also the founder & manager of an online private support group. This group, Survivors World, is there to help support and guide the women who are suffering from the aftermath of abuse, either childhood or domestic violence. She has created a safe and friendly place within this group for women to gain positive support and encourage those struggling while they continue moving forward in their healing from these traumas. Tricia is committed to end the silence attached to these crimes and has created a cause of awareness. This cause, Stop Whispering, is directly focused at gaining the many strong voices needed to break down that brick wall that traps its victims in secret. You can also join this cause by following the link given on this blog. This cause creates a place where voices gather to speak out against the crimes that exist within our homes. Please join us by going to facebook.com/causes/stopwhispering and give your voice against the crimese of abuse.
Tricia has also initiated the 911 Cell Phone Bank Recycle Program in her local area, using the credited phones to support victims of violent homes. This will help provide emergency phone services for those in her rural area who do not have quick access to reach out for the help when needed.
Other than her published novel, “My Justice“, which can be purchased through authorhouse.com; amazon.com; barne’sandnoble.com, she also enjoyes her many volunteer hours as an advocate, guest writer and sharing her many awareness short stories through blogging. You can find out more by connecting with her at facebook.com/tricia62.