On April 18th’s all new Hands Off Our Children Show we had special in-studio guest, a child abuse survivor, Gloria. She was abused as a child from her father, kept it hidden for years. Years ago when Oprah shared her story of being molested on national live tv, Gloria received confirmation that it was ok to share her pain, her story. She said that God then sent her to Bridgewater Prison Hospital to minister, share love, give an opportunity to help the prisoners there, let them know they matter. In order to get to where she is now she had to go through such difficult times.
Vital Germaine joined us again this week! Vital was born of biracial parents in the former Belgian Congo during a horrific civil war. He grew up in London before moving to Belgium during his late teens. He had a sexually abusive father,alcoholic mother,raised in foster care in the UK, grew up poor on the streets. In London, he was introduced to the world of entertainment. He soon moved to New York to further his entertainment career. After two years in the Big Apple, he auditioned for Cirque du Soleil. Cirque welcomed him into their magical world where he performed for over five years in Mystère and Quidam (kee_dam). A tragic injury forced him to end his acrobatic career at which point he devoted himself to developing other creative skills.
Since leaving Cirque du Soleil, Vital began his own entertainment company RME Troupe (Renaissance Entertainment Troupe). RME is a fun, vibrant troupe made up of elite performers from around the globe who provide spectacular entertainment solutions for private functions and corporate events. Vital is also creative director and choreographer of Vallarta Adventures’ production show RHYTHMS OF THE NIGHT.
In addition, Vital is a nationally published artist with his works displayed at the Jacob Javitz Center, the Miami Art Expo, on television, high-end magazines, Mc Carran Executive airport and luxury model homes throughout the Vegas Valley and several galleries in the United Stages. You can also expect his memoir “Flying Without A Net, my journey to Cirque Du Soleil” to be published soon. He is very active in the community and often donates his time and resources to charities such as; Southern Nevada Children First, AFAN, University of Southern Nevada, and many more. For more info log onto VitalGermaine.com
Pattie Fitzgerald joined the discussion in the 2nd hour. Pattie is the author of “No Trespassing -This is My Body!” She has been successfully teaching Child Predator Safety Awareness since 2001. She is the founder and creator of Safely Ever After, Inc. and provides effective, non-fearful safety workshops, seminars, and keynote speeches at schools, community organizations, churches, and corporations throughout the United States. She has trained many crime prevention educators and children’s advocacy groups with her specialized programs, curriculum, and educational materials.
A widely recognized and respected children’s advocate, Pattie has made it her mission to teach parents and children everywhere her “safe-smarts” – which is child-friendly terminology for “street smarts”. Armed with “safe-smarts” parents and children are left feeling empowered, informed and aware – secure in the knowledge that they can take measures to prevent victimization.
As a mom herself, Pattie understands the fears and concerns that other parents are faced with every day when it comes to protecting their children. And… she knows how to deliver the message so that it is heard. Her straight-forward, warm & caring approach has been highly praised by parents, educators, and child advocacy groups across the country.
With her common sense strategies, technical expertise, and parent-friendly guidance, Pattie is expert at dispelling the myths and clarifying the truths surrounding childhood sexual abuse. She is a published author and has been selected by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s M.E.R.I.T. Program as an instructor to incarcerated inmates at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic, California. Pattie has also recently been named as the Safety and Prevention Advisor for the newly formed child advocacy group, PeasInTheirPods.com. Prior to the inception of Safely Ever After, Inc., Pattie previously worked as the Community Outreach Educator for the national child advocacy group, Parents For Megan’s Law. She has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN Headline News and MSNBC, as well as KCBS-2, KNBC-4 and KABC-7. Her written works have been published in numerous parenting magazines, trade journals, and newspapers throughout the United States.
Also featured on this episode of the Hands Off Our Children Show was Dr. Tori Griffin. Dr. Torri “Love” Griffin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Love & Relationships Coach for individuals and couples. No matter what type of relationship you are in – or have been in – you can heal, recover and excel using the LOVE LIVING LIFE techniques. With more than 20 years of experience working with relationship issues, Dr. Torri has developed a hands-on process anyone can use. Do what it takes to change your life for the better. The power is in your hands! “You can live life…or you can Love Living Life! The choice is yours.” Visit www.lovelivinglife.com
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