ROAR WITH SHARI – Season 1, Episode 1 | Guest: Kris Pedretti (HBO “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark“
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark — Kris Pedretti Raped by The Golden State Killer Tells Her Story (HBO)
Airdate: May 21, 2021
Airdate: May 21, 2021
In this episode I’m talking with Kris Pedretti, a rape survivor who shares her story of the dark world of the violent predator called “The Golden State Killer/East Side Rapist”, the man who terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s and is responsible for 50 home-invasion rapes and 12 murders. Kris is also featured in the 6-part HBO Docuseries “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”. It’s just one of the most harrowing, sexual assault true crime, news stories. It’s just one of the most harrowing sexual assault true crime news stories. Kris Pedretti, one of his rape victims, shares her story with us when he invaded her home one dark winter night, raped her at age 15, and how her silence, shame, and horror turned into years of relentless determination for justice for herself and the victims. Kris talked about being a rape victim, her trauma, healing, resilience, women supporting women, healing journey, women empowering women, and sister survivors. Kris spoke out and spoke up. She is a sister survivor. We want to let you know that you are not alone in the dark, and we will “Roar as One” with you.
Airdate: June 02, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with true crime amateur sleuth who uncovered the dark secrets of the Catholic Church that included murder, sexual assault, and rape. Abbie Fitzgerald Schaub, one of the two women who uncovered decades-long and terrifying secrets about her Catholic high school that was covered in the hit Netflix’s docuseries.
I speak with Abbie about the case and story of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a 26-year-old nun living in Baltimore who was abducted and murdered back in the 1960s. The case was never solved, but it was linked to horrific mysteries filled with pain that lingers nearly five decades after her death. Join us as we discuss the victims and their search for justice. It’s about giving them a chance to be heard over the loud denials of any and every official body, the police, the Catholic Church, the Archdiocese, medical professionals, and the predators they enabled and protected.
Airdate: June 09, 2021
Listen to Greg and Shari Karney talk legal shop and dig into the details on the law for adult survivors of child sexual abuse and pedophilia within a religious context and the Catholic Church. Shari Karney is a victims’ rights attorney who represents victims of child sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, and sexual harassment. Currently, Karney and the nonprofit, Roar As One™ are working on educating Congress on the need to eliminate all statutes of limitations for survivors of child sexual abuse. There should be no time limits for justice for survivors of child sexual abuse. Children so preyed on, exploited, and cruelly harmed should have human and civil rights. Those who use power under a religious cloak should not be able to use their power to sexually abuse young helpless children. Karney believes that every victim deserves to have their voice heard. Through empowering victims of child sexual abuse, we stop the vicious generational cycle.
Airdate: June 16, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with rape survivor and rape victim, Analyn Megison, inspiration for the Lifetime Movie “You Can’t Take My Daughter”. The true rape story of a woman who survived was stalked, hunted, and battled her rapists to keep her daughter safe. Analyn bravely comes forward in this chilling episode to discuss her rape, survival, activism, and years-long fight in the court to keep her rapist from gaining custody of her daughter conceived through rape.
We discuss with Analyn Megison about her journey, as a rape survivor, victim and mother, who has been through trauma and resilience helping others on their healing journey. Analyn talks about the history of laws that discriminated against rape victims and the push to pass the “Rape Survivor Child Custody Act” nationwide.
Airdate: June 23, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking to Palm Beach’s State Attorney Dave Aronberg who says “Matt’s in a whole lot of trouble. Child sex trafficking is punishable by up to life in prison,” says Palm Beach Co. state attorney Dave Aronberg of the accusations facing GOP lawmaker Matt Gaetz.
“Even if they can’t make a case of child sex trafficking, if you’ve proven to have sex with an underage girl, that’s a felony in Florida, punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.”
Airdate: June 30, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with Heath Phillips. For those of you who think it only happens to women and girls, think again. One in five boys is sexually abused before their 18th birthday by an older woman, man, or another boy. Sexual assault has skyrocketed in the military for the men and women serving our country.
While serving in the Navy at just 17, the first time Heath Phillips told his superiors he had been sexually assaulted, he was called a liar, and a homesick mama’s boy. There were six attackers and yet in a large Navy ship where privacy could be found neither in the showers nor in the rows of bunk beds, nobody bothered to help. He filed complaint after complaint for 49 days straight as the sexual violence continued.
Airdate: July 07, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with Senator Steele who reveals the first time she made a dramatic stand for survivors of sexual abuse. She bravely shared her own story of incest and child sexual abuse on the Arizona State Senate Floor.
Steele recounts the attacks, “My very first memory in life was being raped by my grandfather. She goes on to say that “I don’t have very many memories from my childhood,” those that I do have are not good. You don’t want to know them.”
She fought for justice for survivors of child sexual abuse when she introduced a bill to extend the statute of limitations for victims to bring a civil case against their abuser in Arizona.
Airdate: July 14, 2021
As a Victim of Domestic Violence, Now Outspoken Survivor, Neisha Himes Helps African American Girls G.R.O.W with her Nonprofit Aimed at Raising Self Esteem and Opportunity.
In this episode, you will hear the distressed 911 call of a 6-year old child calling for help as the little girl is witnessing domestic violence in her home.
Neisha Himes experienced domestic violence. As an African American woman, she felt even less heard and able to stand up for herself. It’s been nine years since she was last assaulted in a domestic violence nightmare. Neisha said it was the most violent and vicious assault she’d ever endured.
Airdate: July 21, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with Sheri Kurdakul who says she lost her virginity as a child to a family member. Leaving home as soon as she could escape, Sheri suffered domestic violence in one abusive relationship after another. Unable to leave. When she finally did leave her last abuser, she fled in the middle of the night, with her 1 child and $150 in her pocket. We call her “Super SHEro”. She used new technology, smarts, and pure grit, to develop an app for victims of domestic violence that collect and store legal, court-admissible evidence.
Airdate: July 28, 2021
In this episode, Senator Victoria Steele a member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma Addresses the Epidemic of #MMIWG, “Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls”
Arizona State Senator and House Whip, reveals the excruciating truth of about #MMIWG. How Native American women are murdered and sexually assaulted at rates as high as 10 times the average in the U.S.–crimes overwhelmingly committed by individuals outside the Native American community. “These are violent men and extractive industries breezing through land they do not own to take lives that do not belong to them.”
Airdate: August 04, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with Tabitha’s Mpamira who shares her incredible story which begins when her own African grandmother was sold as a child into a forced marriage with an older man in exchange for a cow. Tabitha’s mother was also forced into child marriage in exchange for a goat, but fought back and escaped. So began the journey of freedom that was passed on from mother to daughter.
Tabitha’s heroic story and activism was made into a documentary, screened at the United Nations, called: Victors: A Song to the Lions.” With only a single Motorcycle and cell phone, Tabitha Mpamira moved day and night to protect young girls in Kenya from rape and sexual assault and from contracting HIV from their abuse.
Airdate: August 11, 2021
In this episode, I am talking to Dr. Lois Lee, a pioneer and trailblazer in rescuing America’s sex trafficked and prostituted children here in the United States on a street near you.
She is the founder of Children of the Night and has rescued over 10,000 children from forced prostitution–she says, “that is more children than all of the other sex trafficking organizations combined.” Dr. Lee has taken on the gangs, drug and sex traffickers, and even the wealthy sex traffickers, to save children. Many kids who are sexually abused at home, run away, to take their chances on the streets. And are faced with even more horror, trafficking, forced into prostitution, and abuse. Roar with me to support justice for sexually abused, prostituted children, and trafficked children.
Airdate: August 18, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking to Betsy Butler, a former California Assemblymember, who has been fighting for equity and justice throughout her career.
Betsy talks about the fact that child marriage is still legal in 35 states including California!
Today, with Roar as One, she takes on the fight to stop child marriage in California.
Betsy, as CEO of the California Women’s Law Center, has been working with California State legislators to stop child marriage in California. Most surprising and shocking, there is no minimum age to get married in California. This allows child rapists and predators to escape justice and accountability by simply marrying their child victims.
Airdate: August 25, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking with Lisa Zarcone, the author of “The Unspoken Truth: A Memoir. Lisa shared with us her authentic, truthful, and raw look at child abuse, maternal mental illness, alcoholism and her family’s response to grieving the loss of a child. In the blink of an eye, we hear how it all changed before Lisa’s “pretty baby blues” and life became an unlivable, abusive, nightmare. The grim reality of a mentally ill mother and a dying brother turned her childhood into a fight for daily survival. Lisa shares her story of going from a little girl, safely tucked warm and safe in her bed with a loving family to protect her to being all alone with a raging mentally ill mother. How she survived and became a National Ambassador for a Child Abuse Organization.
Airdate: September 01, 2021
In this episode, I’m talking to Laura Askowitz, a survivor and the CEO of The KidsSafe Foundation She helps keep KidsSafe by teaching personal safety to children and their grown-ups to build strong, more resilient families and communities. Laura believes that one of the reasons predators find children such easy prey is because children don’t understand that they can say “no” to an adult. Children believe predators threats, that if they don’t do what they say, their family, pets, loved ones will be killed. Laura believes in equipping children with accurate body parts name and says that children who accurately refer to their body parts can ward off predators. Predators will know the children have been educated and could break the silence and report them. We can arm our children with clear age-appropriate information, to keep them safe.
Airdate: September 08, 2021
This episode delves into alleged incest and the shame and secrets surrounding it. We see firsthand, the grooming process that predators use to prepare the family, community, professionals, and even, as a celebrity, the media, for the sexual assault to come. Dylan “He was always ‘hunting’ me.” Neighbors, members of the family, multiple family friends reported Allen was intensely obsessed with Dylan. One time, Dylan remembers in this episode that Allen told her to “suck his thumb.” In time, it became clear that Allen put incredible focus on her. “He didn’t want to see the other kids. He wanted to see only me,” Dylan said. We learn that all victims are groomed. Grooming is subtle, hiding in the shadows, often invisible to victims.
Airdate: September 15, 2021
Where there is incest, there are enablers. Mothers, fathers, siblings, neighbors, therapists, doctors, churches, schools. As the victim is groomed, so is the community. In this episode of Allen v. Farrow (HBO) we see how the community and family is groomed. How we are all groomed by narcissistic, predators, especially, the rich and famous.
This episode focuses on Allen’s sexual relationship with another of Mia’s adopted daughters, Soon-Yi. Within seven months of the shocking discovery of Dylan’s allegation of incest by Woody Allen, he further tears the family apart by a startling revelation about his sexual relationship with Soon-Yi.
Airdate: September 22, 2021
In this bonus episode, we discuss that while Mia Farrow tries to shield 7-year-old Dylan from the trauma of repeated questioning about sexual abuse, Allen’s legal and PR team drives a narrative that Mia is a scorned woman and unfit mother who brainwashed her children. What ensues is a harrowing custody battle where Allen tries to get sole custody over Dylan, Moses, and Ronan Farrow.
You get to experience the legal system, its bias towards women and children. People say the system is “broken.” We say the system was designed this way to have power and control over women and children. Every mother’s nightmare. A custody fight, where she goes to war to save her children, and the alleged perpetrator goes to the nuclear option to win. Win at all costs, no matter the damage.
Airdate: September 29, 2021
In HBO’s Allen v. Farrow, this episode sheds new light on the fact that Connecticut state prosecutor Frank Maco, despite believing there to be grounds to continue, elected not to criminally prosecute Woody Allen for the alleged sexual abuse of Dylan.
While Allen continues to receive accolades in Hollywood and is supported by famous actresses who worked with him, the momentum of the #MeToo movement coupled with Ronan Farrow’s public support emboldens Dylan to go public with her story for the first time. This podcast is about breaking silence when you are ready, and how empowering it is to Roar as One.