Season One - Episode Guide
Episode 1 - DJ: D.J. is a psychotherapist, behavioral addiction specialist, and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. In the premiere episode, D.J. shares about his dysfunctional childhood hood including living with an alcoholic step-parent; the ramifications of having an emotionally absent mother and father; and the devastating consequences of sexual abuse by a former family friend. D.J. is a true survivor. He has taken the wreckage of his past and created the Journey On podcast to help other male survivors heal. Hear is story:
Episode 1.5 - John: A special bonus episode takes into the depths of early childhood sexual abuse at the hands of a parent. John bravely shares his story of survival as he grappled with being abused by two men of authority in his life - his father and his priest - and the years of addictive numbing that happened after. John's survival story includes work on addiction, with the help of various 12 Step fellowships, therapy, and support group attendance. Take a listen to this provocative tale of trust destroyed and faith renewed.
Episode 2 - Loren Michaels Harris: In this episode, D.J. talks with author, advocate, and song writer, Loren Michaels Harris. Loren grew up in the foster care system after the passing of the woman he assumed was his mother. Little did Loren know; he was "adopted" and soon found himself bouncing from foster home to foster home, because no one knew of the real circumstances around his birth family. Loren was sexually abused in the system and now speaks nationally as an advocate for change within the foster care system.
Loren told D.J. of something very special; when he was first brought into the system, he met three young boys who were also in the system. They offered guidance, care, and support to him. The image of the three stones below are with Loren to this day as a constant reminder of the gift he received from his friends. Hear Loren's heartfelt, courageous and inspiring story on episode two of Journey On!
Episode 3 - Patrick Dati: In this episode, Patrick details his survival of an attack from one of the most notorious and prolific serial killers, John Wayne Gacy. Patrick escaped with his life and now speaks around the country about his experience. With his amazing story and subsequent journey, Patrick has gone on to speak nationally on the topics of bullying, domestic violence and LGBTQI rights. He is the author of "I Am Me: Survivor of Child Abuse and Bullying Speaks Out" now available on Amazon. Patrick's story is heartbreaking, compelling, and uplifting. Hear his story today on Journey On!
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Episode 4 - Joe Braxton: In this episode, Joe shares a different side of the stories we have heard so far; Joe was abused at an earlier age and the "relationship" he had with his abuser turned into one of "love." Joe had to break through years of denial to finally understand that he was still a victim of sexual assault, even though his abuser manipulated him well into his adult life. Listen to Joe's miraculous story below. You can also read Joe's story in his new book, Still Breathing: How to Regain Your Life After Being Robbed. Get a signed copy today!
Episode 5 - Andre Bisquera: In this episode, DJ speaks with Andre who is an advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Andre talked candidly about his experience as a young survivor of abuse. Andre was molested by his half-brother, something most people can't even imagine. There are some heartbreaking moments in his story this week. We are inspired by Andre and the work that he does to help fellow survivors. Listen to his story below. You can find Andre on Twitter @apbisquera.
Episode 6 - Gino: In this episode, D.J. talks with Gino, a native New Yorker who shares with us his experience of being a male survivor. Gino was molested by his uncle and then took up a sexual relationship with a peer in his youth as a way of escaping his uncle's grasp. Gino sought help online, a more traditional approach for survivors who are not ready to seek therapy. Listen to his inspiring story below. You can find Gino on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gino.werner.5
Episode 7 - Ken: D.J. talks with Ken, his sponsor, about Ken's experience being a sexual abuse survivor. Ken talks openly about the molestation he experienced by his piano teacher and the resulting consequences of keeping the secret hidden for so long. Ken struggled with sexual addiction for decades, until he came close to losing his entire family. Listen to Ken's incredible journey below.
Episode 8 - James Reyes: James Reyes – a 38 year old from the middle Tennessee area – shares his experience of being abused from 4-5yrs old to 11-12 years of age. James’ story is different from other stories we have shared on Journey On. James is not only an abuse survivor, he is also a sexual predator. It’s important to talk about James’ story, because it is one that we generally only hear negatives things about. Sexual predators may also be abuse survivors and their stories need to be told as well.
James’ talks openly about his experience of using food, adult pornography, and, subsequently he found child pornography alluring. James was later arrested for solicitation of a minor and aggravated sexual battery of a minor. James told me he never actually touched a child, but still needs specialized treatment for sexual offending.
You will hear in this episode something that I think is really egregious – James has been denied the opportunity to receive treatment as a sexual offender and at the time of our interview, he was waiting to be returned to prison for violating his probation.
I advise discretion, like always, but especially because this episode talks about another layer of such a sensitive topic. I welcome your feedback, but I ask that any comments you make be respectful in nature.
Listen to what I have to say about James’ situation.
Episode Nine -Earlene Reyes: In this episode, D.J. goes off script a bit to talk with James Reyes' mom, Earlene. James' story of early childhood molestation and subsequent predatory behavior was featured on Episode Eight - James Reyes. Earlene insisted on giving her side of the story, as well as accounts of her experience dealing with various systems which are preventing James from getting the proper care he needs. D.J. offers Earlene the space to dive deep into her own hurt and pain and she recounts what it has been like for her to relive her own battle with sexual abuse as a child; managing her emotions as she fights for her son's rights; and moving toward acceptance of her son's emotional and mental health needs. This episode is truly heartbreaking, yet inspiring.
Episode Ten - Mike Steven: In the season one finale of Journey On: Men Healing from Sexual Abuse & Assault, host D.J. Burr talks with Patrol Officer Mike Steven of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the U.K. Mike is a strong advocate for male survivors. He is working diligently to increase awareness about male sexual abuse and assault; increase accessibility to services for male survivors, and increase the visibility of the services provided by engaging in a social media campaign aimed at reaching those survivors who have not been able to come forward previously. Listen for the differences in how the US and the UK deliver services and legal protections to survivors. Follow Mike on Twitter @ASPMikeSteven. #ListenBelieveRespect