Survivor's Guide to True Crime

Kimberly Corban & Kara Robinson Chamberlain

'Survivor's Guide to True Crime' is an interview-style podcast hosted by victim advocates Kimberly Corban and Kara Robinson Chamberlain. Discover true stories of survival, healing, and hope beyond the headlines. Listen as fellow survivors reclaim their narratives and share their experiences in an effort to educate and empower listeners. read less

Our Editor's Take

Survivor's Guide to True Crime brings a different perspective to the true crime genre. Instead of capitalizing on victims' trauma, the podcast wants to give them a voice. It gives back the consent that the perpetrators took when they attacked these people. The show only shares the parts of the story that the survivors feel comfortable with. They can tell the events in their own words, ensuring they can control the narrative.

Furthermore, guests receive compensation for their time and participation. The podcast seeks to empower victims, both those who speak on air and those listening. As for listeners who haven't experienced such atrocities, it hopes to teach them compassion and empathy.

The podcast hosts are both assault survivors who decided to become advocates. Kara Robinson Chamberlain experienced a kidnapping when she was 15 years old. She was lucky to escape from a person police later revealed to be a serial killer. Not only was Kara brave enough to run, but she also collected evidence that helped identify the culprit. This experience led her to develop a close connection with law enforcement. It resulted in her working as an investigator, speaker, and school resource officer.

Her podcast cohost is Kimberly Corban. During her time in college, a man broke into her apartment and raped her. As soon as he left, Kimberly reported the crime and later acted as a witness in the rapist's trial. After his conviction, she decided to make her name public knowledge. With that, she wanted to give other victims the courage to report their crimes. The host continued to be a vocal advocate against sexual assault. She has given several TED talks and has spoken to government officials, schools, and more.

The hosts of Survivor's Guide to True Crime have a unique approach when talking about crime. Thanks to their media training and personal experiences, they are supportive and compassionate. They help other women share their incidents on their own terms. They also attempt to focus on the positive and even provide a little laughter in the process.

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Episodes

26: Chapter 23 | The SANE Corner with Shaun Johnson
Sep 20 2023
26: Chapter 23 | The SANE Corner with Shaun Johnson
It's our last episode of season 1! We will announce our season 2 date soon, but rest assured we will still be doing minisodes and having fun on Patreon during our break.  Kim and Kara catch up in the midst of travel and Kara shares what she's having! Much to Kim's chagrin, it is NOT a velociraptor.  Today's guest is forensic nurse Shaun Johnson. In an SGTC first, you all had the opportunity to submit questions ahead of our conversation. Listen as Shaun answers these and more.  Shaun Johnson is a dedicated registered nurse passionate about providing compassionate and patient-centered care to survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, human tracking, and stalking. Shaun has been a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) since 2018.  Since becoming a SANE, Shaun has made significant contributions to the field of sexual assault care and advocacy in Maine. His role extends beyond conducting forensic examinations; he also plays a crucial part in educating his community and other healthcare professionals about sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and stalking prevention and the importance of a trauma-informed approach to care and services provided to survivors. Shaun's career as a SANE began in Portland, Maine, where he worked as a registered nurse before specializing in forensic nursing. He developed exceptional clinical skills in assessing and treating victims of sexual assault while training colleagues, throughout the hospital, about the role and the services SANEs provide.  In late 2021, Shaun started The SANE Corner Instagram page to create a community and bring awareness and education to social media about forensic nursing.  His passion for providing specialized care to vulnerable populations led him to pursue an advanced degree, and is currently procuring a Master’s in Public Health. In addition, Shaun has a passion for breaking the stereotype that men can be SANEs and that more are needed in this field. Learn more from Shaun: Instagram: @TheSANECorner _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting    https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.     Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
25: Chapter 22 | Podcast Movement with Anna Van Valin and Christine O'Donnell
Aug 16 2023
25: Chapter 22 | Podcast Movement with Anna Van Valin and Christine O'Donnell
This year, during the world’s largest podcasting conference, a group of survivors and independent producers will be taking the stage with a panel titled, “True Crime Podcasts That Help Not Hurt: How to Produce True Crime Ethically.” Their goal is to start a conversation about changing the way we approach, produce, and commodify these dramatic stories.  Ahead of their live Podcast Movement panel, Anna Van Valin and Christine O'Donnell join Kim and Kara on SGTC for a discussion about the state of the true crime genre and what the future holds. Just because telling ethical true crime isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. That’s why Chamberlain, Corban, Van Valin and O’Donnell teamed up to present a panel on this very topic.  CTA: Catch their live conversation: “True Crime Podcasts That Help Not Hurt: How to Produce True Crime Ethically” on Tuesday, August 22nd from 2:30-3pm on the Society, Culture and Advocacy Stage at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center. Anna Van Valin is a podcast creator, producer and host; she is a trusted content development consultant and coaches indie/DIY podcasters to help them be heard. She is the executive producer of the upcoming true crime podcast from Bright Sighted Podcasting:  https://www.annavanvalin.com/  Christine O'Donnell is a former FOXLA news reporter, Signal Award-winning podcast publisher, and advocate for ethical true crime. She is the creator and host of an upcoming true crime podcast based on her own reporting on an underaged human trafficking ring. www.brightsighted.com  _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting   https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.     Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
23: Chapter 21 | Shadowed with Julie Whitehead
Aug 3 2023
23: Chapter 21 | Shadowed with Julie Whitehead
This episode discusses suicide and suicidal ideation. Some listeners may find this disturbing. If you or someone you know is contemplating self-harm, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. For the United States, the numbers are as follows: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or message the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Both programs provide free, confidential support 24/7.   This week, Kara owns her right to have, voice, and unapologetically stand by her opinions while Kim talks about running away to a cabin in the mountains for five days. Julie Whitehead joins the show to discuss domestic trafficking and surviving a lifetime of gender-based violence.   Julie Whitehead is a survivor of 31 years of abuse, including child sexual abuse, domestic violence, and sex trafficking. Raised in Bountiful, Utah, Julie’s cycle of abuse began at the age of four, continuing through her early teens and into her first marriage. Despite years of trauma, Julie is recovering and finds hope in the future with her husband and six children. Today, she’s an advocate for survivors of abuse and sex trafficking and inspires others with her remarkable courage. She’s also an active speaker who focuses on bringing victims out of the shadows. Julie serves on an advisory board for the Malouf Foundation™ and consults on a variety of initiatives including OnWatch™, a free digital training that raises community awareness of sex trafficking in the United States. Julie recently published her memoir and first book, “Shadowed: How I Became the Sex-Trafficked Mother Next Door.” Follow Julie via the Malouf Foundation: Malouffoundation.org Instagram: @Malouffoundation _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting   https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.   Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help. https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod   The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
22: Chapter 20 | Community As Justice with Lauren Weingarten
Jul 19 2023
22: Chapter 20 | Community As Justice with Lauren Weingarten
Is it cake or is it trauma? Starting out our return from the almost-dead with some talk about Kim's obsessive personality, Taylor Swift, Kara's grumpy cat tendencies, and those magical, healing moments you experience in life. Our guest this week is Lauren Weingarten, the founder of MTMV (Me Too Many Voices Community). Lauren joins Kara and Kim to talk about her experience making community in the aftermath of her assault and in the absence of justice and the complications of sharing your story as a survivor.    TW: SA, Suicide Lauren is a credentialed Victim Advocate (NACP) and Certified Trauma Support Specialist. She is the voice and founder of the MTMV Community Support Network, one of the first online-based support communities established for survivors & supporters of survivors. Before MTMV, Weingarten had a successful, decades-long career working behind the scenes in TV/Film production. She has since found purpose in understanding trauma and leading conversations surrounding abuse and sexual violence to build and foster a community amongst survivors and their supporters. With years of advocacy training and trauma education, Weingarten has focused on developing survivor-led peer support groups, workshops, and virtual community events, bridging local and global communities alike. She also works as a consultant helping research teams and professional organizations strengthen their survivor-informed care. Learn more from Lauren: Instagram: @MTMVCommunity Twitter: @MTMVCommunity Email: metoomanyvoices@gmail.com Lauren's CTA: To Survivors: Grant yourself some grace, safety, and joy.  To everyone: Read, listen, consume advocacy education--the survivors in your life are not Google. Links: Eddie Murphy's SNL Skit Holiday Baking Championship - SNL _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting   https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.     Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
21: Chapter 19 | Trauma-Informed Mental Health with Summer Forlenza
Jul 5 2023
21: Chapter 19 | Trauma-Informed Mental Health with Summer Forlenza
Summer Forlenza LMFT joins Kim & Kara as an expert guest. Talking about trauma-informed mental health, Summer sheds light on popular therapeutic approaches used for survivors and their support persons.  Summer Forlenza helps people to heal from trauma and to support the survivors in their lives so that we can build a world with more compassion, connection, and joy.  She does this through her work as a therapist, educator, and facilitator. Summer graduated with her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2018. Since then, she has worked with teens in school-based counseling, with the general population in community mental health, and with eating disorder patients at residential, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization levels of care. Summer now runs a virtual private practice providing online EMDR therapy to California residents. In her practice, she specializes in treating the impacts of trauma, including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and the cycle of abuse. Educators are near and dear to Summer's heart. In her life before therapy, she taught 5th grade in East Harlem for a year, then worked as a substitute teacher for the two years she was in graduate school. Summer's husband is a 4th-grade teacher, both of her parents are teachers, and her grandmother was a school principal. Summer loves pop punk music, her dog Ronin, taking up new hobbies, and building Ikea furniture. On weekends you can find her writing, taking long walks, listening to podcasts, or trying new recipes. Learn more from Summer: https://www.SummerForlenza.com Instagram: @SummerForlenza TikTok: @SummerForlenza Summer's CTA: Explore available courses through Summer's website on healthy relationships, self-soothing, and supporting survivors.  _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting   https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.     Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
20: BONUS | Summertime Cadence and Support for Stalking Survivors
Jun 29 2023
20: BONUS | Summertime Cadence and Support for Stalking Survivors
We are changing up our cadence over the summer--new episodes will drop every other week! Mike's TEDxMileHigh Digital Rewatch premieres Wednesday, June 28th at about 8pm MST (10PM EST). Sign up for free through the Event Bright link and watch on Youtube: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tedxmilehigh-transcend-virtual-premiere-registration-658571333587?keep_tld=1 Please take time to check in on your friends and family who are victims of stalking. Yesterday's ruling by the Supreme Court ignores the insidious nature of stalking and the harm this crime causes its victims and their communities. Allowing stalkers to argue their actions were not intended to be threatening and thus protected as free speech punishes victims. Threats, intimidation, and unwanted messages should NOT be protected under free speech.  To learn more about the crime of stalking and resources to support survivors, visit https://www.stalkingawareness.org/.  Friend of the show, Anna Nasset interviewed with The Guardian in response to the recent ruling. Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2023/jun/27/supreme-court-stalking-ruling-alarms-advocates-and-victims CTA: Contact your representatives and tell ask them to protect victims of stalking and our communities. Find your representatives here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative https://www.congress.gov/members/find-your-member _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting   https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.     Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
18: Chapter 17 | See Us with Benzii Diaz
Jun 7 2023
18: Chapter 17 | See Us with Benzii Diaz
Get ready to feel some feelings this week. Although for Kara, the feelings are mostly nausea. Pregnancy is kicking her butt this time around so the vibes while Kim and Kara play catch up are rather relaxed. Updates on former guests Avremi Zippel and Michael Rourke are on tap as well as SGTC making a pretty cool ethical true crime top ten list.  Benzii Diaz joins Kim and Kara to talk about her experiences as a child and how they impacted her into adulthood. Still early in her recovery journey, Benzii's revelations throughout this raw interview offer a unique look at the oscillating feelings survivors go through on a daily basis. Benzii Diaz is a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking. Today, she is a thriving advocate, influencer, and businesswoman. Benzii has dedicated her endeavors to breaking the molds and stigmas of what a survivor is "supposed to be". She has testified at the Pennsylvania State Senate, coordinated drives for the youth and homeless, and has worked with celebrities. Her efforts over the past 6 years have been nationally recognized and she has been deemed one of the most influential women in the tri-state area all before the age of 30.  Learn more from Benzii: Instagram: @BenziiDiaz TikTok: @benziidiaz Benzii's CTA: Check out Benzii's #SeeUs campaign and non-profit organization _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting   https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.     Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
17: Chapter 16 | Becoming Your Own Superhero with Dr. Sheena C. Howard
May 31 2023
17: Chapter 16 | Becoming Your Own Superhero with Dr. Sheena C. Howard
Kim and Kara return from their mid-season break with some BIG news! Dr. Sheena C. Howard joins the podcast detailing her love of comics, writing, and telling her story of how she became the superhero she needed. Dr. Sheena C. Howard is the first Black woman to win an Eisner award at San Diego Comic-Con for her first book, Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (2014). The Eisner is considered the ‘Oscars of Comics.’ Howard has published comic books for both Marvel (Illusion of Fairness, 2023) and DC (Fresh Air in Philly, 2021, and others) comics. She has written a graphic novel and stage play for DMC (from RUN-DMC), published with Bloomsbury (Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation, 2014), Chicago Review Press (Encyclopedia of Black Comics, 2017), BenBella Press (Why Wakanda Matters, 2021), and more. In addition, her work has received numerous book awards, including the American Library Association’s Outstanding Reference Sourcebook award and more. Her books have been featured in Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. She is also the subject of an Emmy-nominated episode of State of the Arts. Finally, Dr. Howard writes and ghostwrites for celebrities, CEOs, and social impact companies that seek to empower, inspire and motivate. Learn more from Dr. Howard: https://sheenachoward.com/ Instagram @drsheenahoward Facebook @drsheenahoward TikTok @drsheenahoward YouTube Dr. Howard's CTA: Watch her TEDx Talk and check out her books on Amazon Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram  TikTok  Facebook  YouTube  Twitter  The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
16: Chapter 15 | Now I Speak with Anna Nasset
May 17 2023
16: Chapter 15 | Now I Speak with Anna Nasset
Kara is back from Italy just in time for Kim to leave for Pebble Beach. Anna Nasset joins K&K for a discussion that could have lasted hours, but brings a crime to light so often shrouded in the dark. Stalking, also known as "slow-motion homicide" rarely allows its survivors to speak publicly, but thanks to Anna's gut instincts, diligent investigators, and a prosecution team willing to seek the maximum penalty, Anna has the ability to educate, speak, write, and live her life freely while her stalker is incarcerated. Hear about the trauma manifestations and ways she has overcome consistent obstacles in the face of this insidious crime.  Anna Nasset is best known as an international speaker on the subject of stalking. As a victim/survivor of stalking for the last decade, Anna has firsthand experience of how to identify and respond to stalking. She has trained thousands of professionals, students, and military members on the importance of recognizing stalking, getting help, and advocating for one's self and others.  She is one of the very few people who can speak openly about her experience after the man who stalked her received the maximum sentence for stalking, 10 years in prison, in 2019. This is one of the longest-known sentences for stalking in USA history.    Anna's CTA: Learn more about how to document a stalker's activity and seek assistance by visiting SPARC. Pre-Order 'Now I Speak', Anna's debut book. Learn more from Anna: https://Standupresources.com Instagram @anna.nasset Facebook @annanasset Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram  TikTok  Facebook  YouTube  Twitter  The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
15: BONUS | The Murder Diaries with SGTC
May 10 2023
15: BONUS | The Murder Diaries with SGTC
In this bonus episode, Kim and Kara joined Natalie and Paige of "The Murder Diaries" podcast to discuss ethics in true crime as both survivors and now show hosts within the genre.  From the M Diaries: "Today on The Murder Diaries we're doing something a little different. We're speaking about ethics and advocacy in true crime with two people we've learned a lot from. Our friends from Survivor's Guide to True Crime, Kara Robinson Chamberlain and Kimberly Corban Rourke."  The Murder Diaries Website: https://themurderdiariespodcast.com/ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
14: Chapter 14 | Q&A with Kim & Kara
May 3 2023
14: Chapter 14 | Q&A with Kim & Kara
In the first question-and-answer episode of SGTC, Kim and Kara take listener questions. Some of the topics include communicating your needs and asking for help before its too late. Grief processing doesn't always just mean death and solo travel tips where feeling the feels makes an appearance. Kim would have two nickels and explains why that's not a lot but it's weird that it happened twice.  Both Kim and Kara were apparently raised on NASCAR, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and America's Most Wanted.  This one is all over the place in the best of ways.  Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
13: Chapter 13 | Not What I Expected with Avremi Zippel
Apr 26 2023
13: Chapter 13 | Not What I Expected with Avremi Zippel
Nachos are Kara's favorite food, and you'll all be asking "is the cheese throughout?" the next time you order them. Early interwebs videos, college jobs, and hoping Terry Crews will grace the podcast with an interview someday start this chapter off on an eclectic note before introducing today's guest.  Avremi Zippel joins Kim and Kara for a conversation you'll probably want to listen to a few times to digest all of the wisdom this survivor imparts. His journey through reclaiming his voice, healing his inner child, and forging a new path toward justice for survivors like him provides a unique message that is compassionately delivered.  Rabbi Avremi Zippel was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Salt Lake City with his parents, in July of 1992. He attended a Jewish High School in Chicago, and attended Rabbinical College in London, England. Rabbi Zippel participated in Jewish outreach and humanitarian missions, in Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, and numerous cities throughout the U.S. He was ordained at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, NJ by the Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi I.M. Lau, in December of 2013. He married Sheina in January of 2014, and together they moved to Utah later that year, when they created Young Jewish Professionals Utah. They are the proud parents of two adorable little boys.  In February of 2019, Rabbi Zippel publicly came forward about the decade of sexual abuse he had endured at the hands of a childhood caretaker. He is believed to be the first Orthodox Rabbi to publicly speak out about sexual abuse in his past. Since then, Rabbi Zippel has taken a leadership role in combating sexual abuse in religious communities around the world and advocating for survivors. Rabbi Zippel serves his community as the Crime Victim Representative on the Utah Council for Victims of Crime, and was recognized as the Child Advocate of the Year in 2021 by Prevent Child Abuse Utah. His story has been shared in numerous formats, most recently in Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light, a made-for-TV special that aired on Lifetime. He is a sought-after lecturer and mentor to communities around the world. Avremi’s long-awaited memoir, entitled 'Not What I Expected' is now available for preorder and is due to hit shelves in May of 2023. Learn more from Avremi: Pre-order 'Not What I Expected' Instagram: @UtahRabbi TikTok: @UtahRabbi Twitter: @UtahRabbi Facebook: @UtahRabbi Avremi's CTA: Support the survivors in your life: be the person who sends the text--who shares the email--who makes the call. _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
12: Chapter 12 | Tricked: The Reality of Trafficking with Tanya Gould
Apr 19 2023
12: Chapter 12 | Tricked: The Reality of Trafficking with Tanya Gould
The ladies had a busy week full of advocacy and speaking. Kara trained the crew at Audio Chuck on ethics in true crime and Kim was the closing keynote for EVAWI's annual conference in Chicago. Favorite ice cream flavors, haircuts, rabid internet piercing enthusiasts, and the correct pronunciation of 'measurement' are hot topics before SGTC is deemed the "female gaze" of podcast shows. Also, shoutout to Pedro Pascal because…well… he's Pedro Pascal.  Tanya Gould joins Kim and Kara this week for an intimate dive into a type of victimization seemingly encompassing all violent crimes, all at once, over and over.  The Honorable Tanya Gould is a solutionist fighting against human trafficking, striving to impact legislative policy and raise public awareness. She is the Anti-Human Trafficking Director for the VA Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Human Trafficking Prevention and Survivor Support. This year Tanya received the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Persons. She served 2 terms on the on the U.S. Advisory Council on Human trafficking. Tanya has given lectures and trainings at universities, Human Trafficking conferences, and faith communities raising awareness both nationally and abroad. She has served as a consultant to various anti human trafficking organizations, as well as DOJ’s Office for Victims of Crime, DHS’ Blue Campaign, Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking, Inc. and The Department Of State’s TIP office. She also serves on boards and organizations such as Polaris, Beloved Haven and The Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum Taskforce on Human Trafficking. Tanya Gould shares her story of being trafficked as part of her advocacy and gives credit to Survivors, family and friends of her community who have helped her in achieving her goals. Learn more from Tanya: Instagram: @TaynaforVA Facebook: @TanyaForDelegate Twitter: @TanyaforVA Linkedin: @iamtanya Tanya's CTA: If you see something, say something. Get involved on a local level and start advocating and taking risks for yourself before anyone else.  _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
11: Chapter 11 | Prosecutorial Vicarious Trauma with The Honorable Michael J. Rourke
Apr 12 2023
11: Chapter 11 | Prosecutorial Vicarious Trauma with The Honorable Michael J. Rourke
After a long commute from his living room to his wife's office down the hall, Weld County District Attorney Michael J. Rourke joins Kim and Kara for a conversation about his career as a prosecutor. Better known on the podcast as "Kim's husband", Mike has been a prosecutor in Colorado for the past 25 years. A review of his highest profile cases and the moment he realized vicarious trauma had become a very real part of his life, reveal a much-needed perspective for true crime consumers.  Michael J. Rourke is the elected District Attorney for the 19th Judicial District in Weld County Colorado. He was first appointed District Attorney in 2015, and has been reelected twice, most recently in 2020. Michael is a lifelong resident of Colorado, attending Chatfield High School, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Denver College of Law. His is a career prosecutor starting in 1997 in the 18th Judicial District before moving to Weld County in 2005. Over the course of his career, Michael has prosecuted numerous high-profile cases, including first degree murder, sexual assault, crimes against children and crimes of violence. Michael has received several prestigious awards during his career, including the Colorado District Attorney’s Council Robert R. Gallagher Prosecutor of the Year and the Criminal Justice Award from the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. He is a nationally recognized speaker, having presented for Ending Violence Against Women International, the International Homicide Investigators Association, and the Colorado District Attorney’s Council. Michael is the Colorado State Director to the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors, and is past president and current member of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council Governing Board. Michael is a proud husband to his wife Kimberly and their four children. A Weld County resident, Michael is an active member of the community, having served on numerous community boards and commissions. Learn more from Michael: Website: https://www.weldda.com/District-Attorney Instagram: @mrourkeda Facebook: @WeldCountyDA Michael's CTA: Love "true crime"? Get involved and help victims at a local level. Join your local law enforcement agency, prosecutor's office, or community crisis resource center as an advocate.  _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
10: Chapter 10 | Start By Believing with Alison Jones-Lockwood
Apr 5 2023
10: Chapter 10 | Start By Believing with Alison Jones-Lockwood
It's Start by Believing day! Did you know the two behaviors shown to be most helpful to survivors are having someone to talk to and being believed? Well luckily Kim and Kara are here to talk to you and believe you.  This week, the ladies discuss triggers vs. avoidance, buying land, and lessons in consent via ear-piercing. Alison Jones-Lockwood joins Kim and Kara to talk about End Violence Against Women International and the Start by believing campaign as well as the upcoming annual conference held in Chicago, IL.  Join SGTC and take the pledge to "Start by believing". You can also post on social media and use the hashtag #Startbybeleving to tell the survivors in your community "I see you. I hear you. And I believe you."  Start by Believing Day provides an opportunity for communities across the country, and around the world, to unify with a single voice for those who have been the victims of sexual violence: We believe you.  Alison Jones-Lockwood is nationally recognized for her expertise managing and assisting victim advocacy programs. Ms. Jones-Lockwood has trained extensively on the criminal justice response to sexual assault, including the impact of sexual assault in the aftermath. She has trained countless advocates, law enforcement personnel, and healthcare professionals in local, regional, statewide, and national trainings. Ms. Jones-Lockwood began her career working with survivors and advocates within the U.S. Navy, and has worked for rape crisis centers in California, Kansas, and Missouri. Learn more from Alison and EVAWI: Website: https://evawintl.org & https://startbybelieving.org Instagram: @EVAWIntl TikTok: @startbybelieving Facebook: @EVAWInternational Alison's CTA: Start by Believing! Take the pledge and get more information about the SBB campaign by visiting https://startbybelieving.org/pledge/ and use hashtag #SGTC _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
9: Chapter 9 | Freedom Gets the Final Say with Catie Reay
Mar 29 2023
9: Chapter 9 | Freedom Gets the Final Say with Catie Reay
What did the buffalo say to his son when he left for college… Kara's been galivanting around the country delivering keynotes and Kim has been…editing. It's fine. They're fine. Discussion of the TikTok hearings and positive impacts the app has had on Kim and Kara's lives kick off this episode before Catie Reay joins the conversation.  Don't mind the pitter patter of little feet, and what one child would later describe as "a very big picture" falling down in the background. It's all in a happily chaotic day's work for Catie Reay. Catie is a mother of four from Wyoming and in all of her tons of spare time, is also fielding an internet worth of advocacy. She joins Kim and Kara to share her harrowing tale of surviving a religious cult, enduring years of abuse, and healing her own inner child. Unabashedly taking social media platforms and the U.S. government to task, Catie is leading the way for followers to get involved in legislation benefitting survivors, especially children. She is going places, and she's taking all of us along with her.  Catie is a CSA survivor and advocate to the sexually exploited and human trafficked.  She uses her social media to educate, elevate survivor stories and uses public pressure to invoke change.  Learn more from Catie: Website: https://linktr.ee/catiereay Instagram: @thetiktokadvocate TikTok: @thetiktokadvocate Catie's CTA: Parents--check out BARK to help monitor and protect your children online Learn more about the Earn it act which requires social media platforms be held accountable for CSAM on their platforms (revision to section 230 making it possible to sue a social media platform) Learn about CSOA-Child Safety Online Act  _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay
8: Chapter 8 | Hope is Real with Jazz Thornton
Mar 22 2023
8: Chapter 8 | Hope is Real with Jazz Thornton
Kim gets a Buffalo tee! And YOU get a buffalo tee! Everyone gets a buffalo tee! Well, everyone except for Kara because hers still hasn't shipped.  The ladies gush over their new skin care products from Maya Chia and talk about the connection between some forms of self-care and feeling in your own body. Mental health advocate and New Zealand's favorite celebrity Jazz Thornton joins Kim and Kara for a riveting conversation on hope, change, and how great the world is with you in it. Share what's on your "trophy shelf"--those wins, big and small you're celebrating this week by tagging SGTC on social media. This episode discusses suicide and suicidal ideation. Some listeners may this disturbing. If you or someone you know is contemplating self-harm, please, contact your physician, go to your local ER, or call the suicide prevention hotline in your country. For the United States, the numbers are as follows: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255), or message the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Both programs provide free, confidential support 24/7. Having gone through childhood trauma and mental illness in her teens, Jazz has now dedicated her life to providing hope, teaching resilience and fighting for change. Having addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York and talked with Royalty about mental health, Jazz's work has become internationally recognized. Her story was told in the feature documentary film The Girl on the Bridge which premiered in 2020 and through her three books published with Penguin Random House. Recently she received the Point of Light award from Her Majesty the Queen, was named Young New Zealander of the Year for 2021 and was crowned the 2022 Dancing with the Stars champion.  Learn more from Jazz: Website: https://www.jazzthornton.com/ Hope Is Real Podcast Instagram: @JazzThornton TikTok: @jazzthornton_ Jazz's CTA: Screen "The Girl on the Bridge" and read "Stop Surviving, Start Fighting". _________ Join Kim and Kara's "Captive Audience" by visiting  https://www.patreon.com/SGTC.  Members gain access to full-length video episodes of weekly podcast, Q&A live streams, discounts on merch, exclusive content, and swag--all interspersed with our signature compassion and a touch of dark humor. Your monthly membership goes toward podcast production, supporting our guests and their calls to action, and charitable donations. Like what we're doing here? Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review. The more people this show can reach, the more it can help.  https://www.survivorsguidetotruecrime.com/ Submit your questions using our handy dandy form or by emailing hello@survivorsguidetotruecrime.com for future Q&A episodes. Don't forget to follow us on social media: Instagram @SurvivorsGuideToTrueCrime  TikTok @SGTCpod Facebook @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime YouTube @Survivor’sGuideToTrueCrime Twitter @SGTCpod The theme music used in Survivor’s Guide to True Crime is Uplifting Motivational Stomp by MarcusWay