095 – Prosecuting Your Abuser: An Interview with K.L. Randis

K.L. Randis

Trigger Warning: On today’s episode, we are talking to author K.L. Randis about her experience of child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and going through the process of prosecuting her abuser…her father. Please proceed at your own discretion if you think any of these subjects may be exceptionally difficult for you to hear at this time. It’s ok to wait to listen. Heck, a few years ago, we wouldn’t have been able to record this interview, so please take care of yourselves and honor where you are now.

That being said, we welcome the bestselling author of Spilled Milk, K.L. Randis, to the show today. Kelly penned the novel, Spilled Milk, based on her real-life experience of abuse at the hands of her father.

Kelly shares her pivotal moment of realization that her family situation wasn’t ok and wasn’t typical; this moment was her tipping point to healing and getting help. She is one of the few who went through the process of prosecuting her abuser after being given a safe space to speak of her abuse and to be heard and believed.

This is a tough, but necessary, discussion of how we can help create those safe conditions within our own families.

 

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042 – How To Cope With Holiday Loneliness and Triggers

 

The holiday season brings with it a variety of ingrained feelings and behaviors for many people. Some of those emotional responses are quite lovely: Perhaps we’re a little more generous, kinder, more prone to forgive others in the spirit of good will to all (wo)men! Awesome! Good stuff! Keep it coming!

But for many people, rolling out of bed November 1 can be the beginning of two months of dread and/or sadness. Lots of people don’t have family, have estranged family, or are far away from family and friends…it can be a tough time.

For others, the holidays can be a series of triggers, especially from abuse perpetrated by a family member or around the holidays.

Tradition and routine are meant to harken of times past, but sometimes those traditions need to be broken and changed to fit where we are now.

In this episode, we share some tips for getting through the holidays with as much joy as you can muster and, hopefully, a whole lot of peace. From pampering yourself to volunteering to travelling, we offer suggestions on how to make the holiday season a time you can look forward to. Give yourself permission to do it differently this year!

 

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