Sunday, October 16, 2011

Tolson 4 TEARS Talks to Project Empowerment

In case you missed it, listen to the archived interview with host Kathleen M. Milliken, host of Project Empowerment, with author/advocate Lynn C. Tolson.

Project Empowerment is a Blog Talk Radio show focused on empowering lives. Although the main topics are on survivors of domestic violence, the underlying message is empowerment for all. The subjects are heavy, but the message is to turn something dark into light. Project Empowerment is all about making a personal connection with the audience.

Lynn and Kathleen discussed the similarities between the men they were married to, the ways male entitlement were used to control them, and how they managed to leave abusive relationships. Kathleen points out that she is often asked about abused women, “Why didn’t she leave?” while Lynn challenges the abuser, “Why doesn’t he stop?” Lynn also makes a connection between domestic violence, sexual abuse, and suicide.

You can listen to the discussion at this link
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Kathleen is the author of Escaping the Glass Cage: A Story of Survival and Empowerment from Domestic Violence. The following is my review of her revealing book.
The author of Escaping the Glass Cage, Kathleen M. Schmidt, has survived domestic violence that was literally a life-and-death experience. She has not only survived, but has thrived as an author and advocate, wife and mother. It’s hard to realize how close Ms. Schmidt came to either ending her life, or having it end by the hands of her (ex) husband.
Escaping the Glass Cage is a short book with a big message. Domestic abuse is rampant in our society. It is estimated that one in three women will experience some form of abuse in her lifetime. People often ask, “Why doesn’t she leave?” when the question could be, “Why didn’t he stop?” Most likely than not, the abuse stops only if/when she leaves. Kathleen provides the reader with her account of how she planned her escape from the verbal and physical abuse she endured on a daily basis.
Kathleen generously shares her story of hope, but it wasn’t easy for her to achieve balance in her life. She made conscious choices to heal, using methods that enlightened and empowered her. She writes in a concise and chronological style, offering just enough information for the reader to absorb as she is able. (Women in crisis are often unable to concentrate.)
Kathleen hosts a blog-talk radio show that brings awareness to the social problem of domestic violence (and other problems) with a focus on solving these problems one empowered woman at a time.

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