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I, Survivor

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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences. 

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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences. 

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Stop playing ads and play your podcast

By ramwolv - Nov 19 2019
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I’ve been waiting for it to come back bc I do love it-but I’m giving one star bc literally all this podcast is now is an ad spot for other podcasts -it’s getting ridiculous

Where did you go?

By Kristin1714 - Jun 12 2019
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I’d love to hear more episodes. You guys haven’t been on in a couple of weeks.

iTunes Ratings

1477 Ratings
Average Ratings
1021
141
89
85
141

Stop playing ads and play your podcast

By ramwolv - Nov 19 2019
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I’ve been waiting for it to come back bc I do love it-but I’m giving one star bc literally all this podcast is now is an ad spot for other podcasts -it’s getting ridiculous

Where did you go?

By Kristin1714 - Jun 12 2019
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I’d love to hear more episodes. You guys haven’t been on in a couple of weeks.

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I, Survivor

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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences. 

Rank #1: Not Today, Motherf*cker

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Kelly Herron was attacked in a Seattle bathroom while she was out running one afternoon. But Kelly fought back. She shares her story, and we get a primer in self defense from Jenna’s neighbor, Jose Angel Castro, who just so happens to be the founder of NowHouse Education Group. Pro-tip: Get hard bones into soft places. No one’s gonna square off and tell you to put up your dukes like you see in the movies.


Links from today’s episode:

Not Today - Kelly’s Slam Piece

NowHouse Education Group

Follow Jose on social media!

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #2: Merry Bloody Christmas

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Tracy Rowland's mother figured her daughter's Christmas Break home from college was the perfect time to schedule surgery. She wouldn't miss any class and be able to lay around and recover. Of course, that's not exactly what ended up happening. Tracy is here to tell us about a Christmas memory her family still talks about. And! It's the end of Season 1! From all of us here at I, Survivor we want to thank you SO much for listening. We'll be back for Season 2 in April.

Happy Holidays!

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Dec 25 2018

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Rank #3: The Unlikely Hero of "Dirty John"

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It’s been three years since Terra Newell was attacked at her apartment complex by John Meehan, and two years since her family’s ordeal was blasted into public consciousness through the hit podcast turned hit TV show, Dirty John. When the podcast ended, Terra was still healing. We caught up with her about her PTSD, her recovery, and why she decided to go public with her story. This is, I, Survivor.

LINKS!

Haven't listened to Dirty John? (SERIOUSLY?!) Binge the series.

Keep up with Terra online.

Read her letter “To the Cast & Crew of The Walking Dead”

Want the deets on EMDR? We spoke in more detail last season in our episode with Carol E. Miller, Life After The Plane Crash


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Apr 23 2019

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Rank #4: A Letter to my Terrorist

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Rachel Pharn was riding her bike along the Hudson River when a terrorist drove a truck into the bike path. She survived, and reads us the letter that she wrote to the man who attacked her. Then, we hear from Dr. Laurie Punch. Dr. Punch is a trauma surgeon who moved to Missouri and trains residents to be first responders to gun violence. Forget what The Fray taught you, this is how to save a life.


Links from today’s episode:

Read more about Rachel in the New York Times

Watch Rachel perform A Letter to my Terrorist

Learn more about the Stop The Bleed campaign

Find a Bleeding Control class near you

Aug 07 2018

34mins

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Rank #5: My Husband The Sociopath

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When Michele Simms was 23 she met the man she married. He was a sociopath and she couldn't escape. It took a stay in a really unlikely place for her to find the strength she needed to get out. Reminder that mental illness is not your fault, nor is it a reflection of your value. Asking for help or taking medication to manage your symptoms is not weakness and admitting you are not okay is not a failure.

Links from today's episode:

How to Spot a Sociopath

Are you the target of a sociopath?

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Nov 06 2018

33mins

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Rank #6: Whiteout Conditions

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David Crabb and his husband went to Newfoundland to spend Christmas with his mother in her new house. They landed in whiteout conditions, and the trip got worse from there. They escaped, and a few months later, so did his mother.

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Dec 18 2018

40mins

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Rank #7: How To Lose A Husband In 10 Weeks

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We’ve never told Jenna’s story on our show, so here it is: she’s part of the First Wives Club and survived an abusive first marriage. Did you know that more than 10 million people each year are victims of intimate partner violence?  We’d also kindly like to remind people who ask survivors, “Why didn’t you [verb] sooner/earlier/fight back?” to eff right off.


Links from today’s episode:

CNN has your DV stats and a timeline of legislature related to DV in the US

Jenna’s on Twitter if you’re into that!

Wagatwe writes for the Daily Kos if you’re into that!


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Oct 16 2018

45mins

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Rank #8: Are You There God? It's Me, Johnno.

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Johnno Wilson was spending a serene morning on Venice Beach, when a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean turned into a ride in a rip current and a brush with death. Since we’re now officially terrified of the ocean, we invited lifeguard Captain Remy Smith in to school us on water safety. Inflatables are NOT allowed on some beaches, so check the rules in your state and know that if you bring water wings to the beach: we’re watching you.


Links from today’s episode:

Heeeere’s Johnno!

Learn more about Rip Currents

Here’s how you read a tide board.


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Aug 14 2018

38mins

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Rank #9: Football, Inc.

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Chris Borland played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers and after a stellar rookie season left his pro career so he wouldn’t become a statistic! He’s since become an advocate for CTE and Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Links from today’s episode!

Chris on Face The Nation

Chris on CBS This Morning

See Chris Advocate!

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Dec 11 2018

44mins

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Rank #10: Doin' It For Themselves

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When you've experienced trauma it can seem almost impossible to put your life back together. Today on the show we have two women who not only did that, but who have dedicated their lives to helping people who have faced similarly traumatic events. Patricia Wenskunas was attacked in her home by someone she knew; Elena Christopolous was gang raped at a college party by her peers, but both women reclaimed their lives and are helping other women do the same. Here's to all the sisters doin' it for themselves! We owe you a drink.

Links from today's episode:

Patricia started Crime Survivors to give back. Visit Crime Survivors online for resources or to help out.

Elena is on the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women. You can learn more about it on their website.


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Aug 21 2018

36mins

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Rank #11: Trafficked, Recovered, Redeemed

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When Jasmine Grace Marino was 18, her boyfriend forced her into the dark world of sex trafficking. Alicia Molina first started using drugs and alcohol when she was 13. She’s now 5 years sober.

Sex trafficking and addiction are both stigmatized as individual failures, rather than reflections on our society. So here’s your weekly/daily/hourly reminder that they (and you, if you’re in similar situations) did not do anything wrong.

These women were lucky to find ways out, and if you’re struggling we hope the same for you.

If you know someone who you think may be a victim of human trafficking, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. These are anonymous tips, but they are also very serious so don’t report if you don’t mean it.


Links from the episode:

The National Human Trafficking Hotline, online!

You can read more about Jasmine Grace’s story online or in her book!


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Sep 11 2018

46mins

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Rank #12: Surviving Dr. Death

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The Texas medical system failed to protect 33 patients from Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Philip Mayfield was one of the survivors. We spoke to Laura Beil, host and reporter of the podcast Dr. Death, about the story, Duntsch's victims, the survivors, and the institutional betrayal that occurred all across Texas


Links from the episode!

Listen to Dr. Death if you haven’t. The story is wild!

Institutional Betrayal - Article by Dr. Jennifer Freyd


And, you can support this show by supporting our sponsors. Go to GetQuip.com/Survivor to get your first Quip refill pack for free!

Oct 23 2018

25mins

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Rank #13: Not Today, Dogs

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Cat Crow was on vacation in the Italian countryside when she was attacked by wild dogs. When she got to the hospital a new set of horrors was waiting for her.

Links from the episode!

Rabid or just plain dangerous? Know the difference.

Wagatwe is sending out a weekly newsletter! Check it out.


You are also supporting this show whenever you support our advertisers, like Ritual. Visit Ritual.com/Survivor to start your ritual today.

Oct 30 2018

33mins

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Rank #14: All In The Family

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Aishah Shahidah Simmons survived incest and sexual abuse. She is a self-described Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker. Then, we talk to writer Amanda Rosenberg, who survived a suicide attempt and says hiding her mental illness from her family almost killed her. We also describe both as badasses who took their trauma and created art from it. Family members telling you to hide your feelings because they say they don’t want to deal with you? Now that’s mental.

Links from today’s episode!

Aishah’s film, NO! The Rape Documentary, is available online or as a DVD.

Learn more about #LoveWithAccountability

You can also read more about Ashiah’s intersectional approaches to her activism.

You can read Amanda’s Vox article and learn more about the “model minority” myth.

You can also visit Amanda’s website for more.


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Aug 28 2018

49mins

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Rank #15: Covert Affairs

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Paul Gilmartin, host of the podcast Mental Illness Happy Hour, survived covert incest. It’s especially insidious because there’s no physical contact, but the emotional damage is very real. Paul has dedicated his life to his recovery, and regularly talks about depression, addiction, anxiety, abuse and gender identity on his show. Jenna was also on his show! You should probably check it out.


Links from today’s episode!

Paul’s podcast is available wherever you listen to I, Survivor.

Kenneth Adams coined the term “covert incest” and wrote a book about it.

If you identify with any of the themes in today’s episode, there are 12 step programs like Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous and Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional Families you can check out.

For more reading you should also look up Facing Love Addiction by Pia Mellody and Healing the Shame that Binds You by John Bradshaw.

You should also support the show by supporting our sponsors! The theme of the month is "Stay cozy, stay informed," and our sponsors can help with that. Go to Thirdlove.com/survivor for 15% off your first delish bra order, bombas.com/survivor and enter survivor at checkout for 20% off the socks that Wagatwe and Jenna are obsessed with, and go get you a free 7-day trial of Blinkist at blinkist.com/survivor .

Oct 09 2018

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