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Something Was Wrong

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Something Was Wrong is an award-winning docuseries about the discovery, trauma, and recovery from crime, shocking life events and abusive relationships.

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Sometimes, things in life feel off. In most cases, whatever feels wrong isn't that serious. In others, that feeling of something being not-right changes everything. That second feeling? That's what the Something Was Wrong podcast is all about. It tells the true stories and shocking tales of survivors. Each story tells the tale of someone who made it through wild discoveries they never anticipated. Some episodes uncover the secret lives of loved ones. Others dive into the narrow avoidance of historical tragedies. No matter the story, Something Was Wrong reveals what it's like to survive life-changing trauma.

This award-winning docuseries launches listeners into immersive storytelling. The podcast specializes in asking listeners, "Do we really know anybody the way we think we do?" This series features interviews with survivors that guide each story and give context. Top-notch storytelling from host Tiffany Reese ensures a captivating narrative. Something Was Wrong brings listeners to the front and center of each experience. It doesn't only tell a story; it gets the audience up close and personal with real-life shock and survival.

Each season offers listeners a different experience. Some seasons unfold one story over several episodes. Other seasons employ single-episode formats, telling a new and unique story in each segment. Whichever format listeners prefer, one thing is for sure. With 13 full seasons, they've got a lot of listening to do. And there's nothing wrong with that! Dive into Something Was Wrong now on Amazon Music.

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Data Points: Racism (Featuring LeRon Barton)
Feb 12 2024
Data Points: Racism (Featuring LeRon Barton)
Sources: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/RacismThe ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’ Performed Shocking Experiments on Enslaved Women | HISTORYUCLA professor’s film documents forced sterilization of Mexican women in late ’60s and early ’70s L.A. | UCLAImprisonment rate of black Americans fell by a third from 2006 to 2018 | Pew Research Center5 eye-opening statistics about minorities in tech | TechRepublicUS Laws and Policies That Have Kept Black Americans From Owning Homes (businessinsider.com)Racial Bias in Healthcare: How Disparities Affect Communities of Color (healthline.com)Why Do Black People’s Mental Illnesses Get Misdiagnosed? (healthline.com)The National Registry of Exonerations - Exoneration Registry (umich.edu)Race_and_Wrongful_Convictions.pdf (umich.edu)The Black-White Test Score Gap: Why It Persists and What Can Be Done | BrookingsIgnoring Racism in Schools Actually Increases Prejudice (Opinion) (edweek.org)Follow and support LeRon Barton and check out some of his incredible work:On IG: www.instagram.com/leronlbarton(2023) I Lost White Friends When I Finally Spoke Out: https://www.newsweek.com/lost-white-friends-racism-black-lives-matter-us-1815477 (2021) What It's Like to be a Black Man in Tech: https://hbr.org/2021/03/what-its-like-to-be-a-black-man-in-tech (2018) My Reality: 10 Truths About Being Black in America: https://goodmenproject.com/ethics-values/my-reality-10-truths-about-being-black-in-america-gmp/ See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E8: (3/3) [Sarah] Taking Your Power Back
Feb 29 2024
S19 E8: (3/3) [Sarah] Taking Your Power Back
*Content Warning: violence, suicidal ideation, domestic violence, religious abuse, medical abuse, workplace abuse, peeking while loitering (‘Peeping Tom’), stalking, cyber stalking, rape, sexual violence, gun violence, death. *Sources: Robert Douglas Braudway mugshot: www.facebook.com/MissouriMugshots/posts/d41d8cd9/3289427961102763/ Missouri State Sex Offender Registry: Robert Douglas Braudway: https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/CJ38/OffenderDetails?page=0&column=name&id=1173463 Warning: Robert Douglas Braudway is a Tier III offender, “Tier III offenders have a lifetime registration requirement and shall report to the CLEO in person every 90-days. Tier III offenders are not eligible to file petition for removal from the sex offender registry, unless the requirement to register results from an adjudicated delinquent (juvenile) adjudication, after 25 years, and the clean record removal is met.” “The victim who is able to articulate the situation of the victim has ceased to be a victim; he, or she, has become a threat.” -  James Baldwin wrote in The Devil Finds WorkSWW S19 Artwork by the amazing Sara Stewart: Instagram.com/greaterthanokay*Resources: FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): https://www.ic3.gov/ Stalking Prevention, Awareness, Statistics & Resource Center (SPARC): https://www.stalkingawareness.org/ Free + Confidential Resources + Safety Tips: somethingwaswrong.com/resources Something Was Wrong: somethingwaswrong.com Something Was Wrong on IG: instagram.com/somethingwaswrongpodcastSWW on TikTok: tiktok.com/@somethingwaswrongpodcast Tiffany Reese: tiffanyreese.me Tiffany Reese on IG: instagram.com/lookieboo See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E9: [WCN Presents] SWW S14 Updates // Part 1
Mar 7 2024
S19 E9: [WCN Presents] SWW S14 Updates // Part 1
*Content warning: domestic abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and non-consensual pornography. Season Fourteen of Something Was Wrong began airing on October 20th, 2022 and the last episode aired on January 3rd, 2023. The season highlighted the narratives of Kaylan, Melissa, and Sara and their very toxic, abusive relationships with a man named Jake, as well as the abuse their children faced. As the season progressed, it included several accounts from other victims and acquaintances of Jake as well. Jake continued to leverage his professional connections in the media to add validity to his dating presence and in turn, victimized over forty women. On December 13th, 2022, the guests of Season 14 also participated in a SWW Live event on which they discussed the impact of the season & answered some listeners’ questions. One week later, a petition was created to call for Jake to face legal accountability. And despite the fact that less than a year passing since its release, quite a lot has happened. The Broken Cycle Media team is so grateful for Kaylan, Melissa, and Sara’s involvement, as well as the rest of the guests' of season 14, and the impact their sharing has made. We are also grateful to host this conversation with Kaylan and Melissa about all that’s come next since Season 14 aired.Season 14 of SWW https://somethingwaswrong.com/14-2/Change.org Hold Jake Accountablehttps://www.change.org/p/seattle-police-department-hold-jake-gravbrot-accountableThe Stranger on Jake Gravbrothttps://www.thestranger.com/cops/2023/01/06/78802686/after-months-spd-finally-responds-to-allegations-of-serial-sexual-assaultSeattle Times: Seattle police stopped investigating new adult sexual assaultshttps://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/seattle-police-halted-investigating-adult-sexual-assaults-this-year-internal-memo-shows/Thank you again to THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING for sponsoring this episode! Don't forget to follow THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING on the Wondery app or wherever you get your podcasts, and you can listen to THIS IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING ad free on Wondery Plus.For additional resources and support, please visit:http://somethingwaswrong.com/resourcesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E10: [WCN Presents] SWW S14 Updates // Part 2
Mar 7 2024
S19 E10: [WCN Presents] SWW S14 Updates // Part 2
*Content warning: domestic abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, and non-consensual pornography.As shared in Part One of [WCN Presents] SWW S14 Updates, Season 14 of Something Was Wrong began airing on October 20th, 2022 and the last episode aired on January 3rd, 2023. The season highlighted the narratives of Kaylan, Melissa, and Sara and their very toxic, abusive relationships with a man named Jake, as well as the abuse their children faced. As the season progressed, it included several accounts from other victims and acquaintances of Jake as well. Jake continued to leverage his professional connections in the media to add validity to his dating presence and in turn, victimized over forty women. On December 13th, 2022, the guests of Season 14 also participated in a SWW Live event on which they discussed the impact of the season & answered some listeners’ questions. One week later, a petition was created to call for Jake to face legal accountability. And despite the fact that less than a year passing since its release, quite a lot has happened. The Broken Cycle Media team is so grateful for Kaylan, Melissa, and Sara’s involvement, as well as the rest of the guests' of season 14, and the impact their sharing has made. We are also grateful to host this conversation with Kaylan and Melissa about all that’s come next since Season 14 aired.Season 14 of SWWhttps://somethingwaswrong.com/14-2/Change.org Hold Jake Accountablehttps://www.change.org/p/seattle-police-department-hold-jake-gravbrot-accountableThe Stranger on Jake Gravbrothttps://www.thestranger.com/cops/2023/01/06/78802686/after-months-spd-finally-responds-to-allegations-of-serial-sexual-assault'Your Pocket Therapist' Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/your_pocket_therapist/For additional resources and support, please visit:http://somethingwaswrong.com/resourcesSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E11: Community Catch Up
Mar 13 2024
S19 E11: Community Catch Up
*Content Warning: doula fraud, pregnancy fraud, stillbirth, stalking, sexual assault, breaking and entering, suicidal ideation, digital based violence, non-consensual pornography, AI deepfakes, suicide, violence. *Sources: California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.cpedv.org/ 'What I did was very wrong,' Ontario woman who faked pregnancies with many doulas tells sentencing court - CBC January 17th 2024 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/kaitlyn-braun-sentencing-1.7085430 Calling his ruling 'distasteful,' judge gives Ontario woman who scammed doulas 2 years of house arrest - CBC February 14th 2024 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/london/kaitlyn-braun-sentencing-hearing-1.7113216 Robert Douglas Braudway mugshot: www.facebook.com/MissouriMugshots/posts/d41d8cd9/3289427961102763/ Missouri State Sex Offender Registry: Robert Douglas Braudway: https://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/CJ38/OffenderDetails?page=0&column=name&id=1173463 Warning: Robert Douglas Braudway is a Tier III offender, “Tier III offenders have a lifetime registration requirement and shall report to the CLEO in person every 90-days. Tier III offenders are not eligible to file petition for removal from the sex offender registry, unless the requirement to register results from an adjudicated delinquent (juvenile) adjudication, after 25 years, and the clean record removal is met.”SWW S19 Artwork by the amazing Sara Stewart: Instagram.com/greaterthanokayiHeart Podcast Awards - Monday March 11th 2024: https://www.iheart.com/podcast-awards/ Reesa Teesa’s Who TF Did I Marry? TikTok series: https://www.tiktok.com/@reesamteesa/video/7335420025240554782?lang=en *Resources: FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): https://www.ic3.gov/ Stalking Prevention, Awareness, Statistics & Resource Center (SPARC): https://www.stalkingawareness.org/ Free + Confidential Resources + Safety Tips: somethingwaswrong.com/resources Something Was Wrong: somethingwaswrong.com Something Was Wrong on IG: instagram.com/somethingwaswrongpodcastSWW on TikTok: tiktok.com/@somethingwaswrongpodcast Tiffany Reese: tiffanyreese.me Tiffany Reese on IG: instagram.com/lookieboo See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E12: (1/2) [Jennifer Khalifa, CPEDV] The Absence of Trauma is Choice
Mar 21 2024
S19 E12: (1/2) [Jennifer Khalifa, CPEDV] The Absence of Trauma is Choice
*Content Warning: domestic/interpersonal violence, gang violence, murder, death, religious abuse, sexual abuse, grooming, rape, violence, stalking, purity culture, animal bite, betrayal trauma, systemic abuse, institutional abuse, threats of murder, Mifepristone (“the abortion pill”), strangulation. *Sources: California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.cpedv.org/ VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Funding Advocacy: https://www.cpedv.org/voca-funding-advocacy Follow the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.instagram.com/ca_partnership/ https://twitter.com/cpedvcoalition https://www.facebook.com/CAPartnershiptoEndDV SWW S19 Artwork by the amazing Sara Stewart: Instagram.com/greaterthanokay*Resources: California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.cpedv.org/ VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Funding Advocacy: https://www.cpedv.org/voca-funding-advocacy Free + Confidential Resources + Safety Tips: somethingwaswrong.com/resources FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): https://www.ic3.gov/ Stalking Prevention, Awareness, Statistics & Resource Center (SPARC): https://www.stalkingawareness.org/ Something Was Wrong: somethingwaswrong.com Something Was Wrong on IG: instagram.com/somethingwaswrongpodcastSWW on TikTok: tiktok.com/@somethingwaswrongpodcast Tiffany Reese: tiffanyreese.me Tiffany Reese on IG: instagram.com/lookieboo See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E13: (2/2) [Jennifer Khalifa, CPEDV]  Prevention is Synonymous with Healing
Mar 28 2024
S19 E13: (2/2) [Jennifer Khalifa, CPEDV] Prevention is Synonymous with Healing
*Content Warning: religious abuse, domestic/interpersonal violence, sexual abuse, child sex abuse, molestation, grooming, rape, violence, stalking, purity culture, animal bite, murder, gun violence, violence, coercive control, gender based violence, digital violence, suicidal ideation. *Sources: California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.cpedv.org/ VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Funding Advocacy: https://www.cpedv.org/voca-funding-advocacy Help Save VOCA Funding! - Tell Congress to authorize VOCA at $1.9 billion and encourage Governor Newsom and the California Legislature to invest $200 million in ongoing funding to backfill federal VOCA funds: https://oneclickpolitics.global.ssl.fastly.net/messages/edit?promo_id=21423 Follow the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.instagram.com/ca_partnership/ https://twitter.com/cpedvcoalition https://www.facebook.com/CAPartnershiptoEndDVCalifornia H.E.A.R.T Program: https://californiayouthpartnership.org/heart SURVIVED & PUNISHED - End the Criminalization of Survival: https://survivedandpunished.org/ Policy Advocacy Day: https://www.cpedv.org/policy-event/policy-advocacy-day California Healthy Youth Act: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fo/r8/chyattltr.asp SWW S19 Artwork by the amazing Sara Stewart: Instagram.com/greaterthanokayCalifornia Partnership to End Domestic Violence: https://www.cpedv.org/ VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) Funding Advocacy: https://www.cpedv.org/voca-funding-advocacy Free + Confidential Resources + Safety Tips: somethingwaswrong.com/resources FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): https://www.ic3.gov/ Stalking Prevention, Awareness, Statistics & Resource Center (SPARC): https://www.stalkingawareness.org/ Something Was Wrong: somethingwaswrong.com Something Was Wrong on IG: instagram.com/somethingwaswrongpodcastSWW on TikTok: tiktok.com/@somethingwaswrongpodcast Tiffany Reese: tiffanyreese.me Tiffany Reese on IG: instagram.com/lookieboo See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
S19 E14: [Lenora Claire] I Caught My Own Stalker (finale)
Apr 4 2024
S19 E14: [Lenora Claire] I Caught My Own Stalker (finale)
*Content Warning: stalking, death threats, sexual violence, rape, abduction, digital violence, cyber stalking, harassment, torture, intimate partner violence, image-based sexual abuse, nonconsensual pornography. Lenora’s Website: https://www.lenoraclairellc.com/Lenora’s Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lenoraclaireSpecial K Investigations, Inc.: https://www.specialkpi.com/lenora-claireSpecial K Investigations Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/SpecialKInvestigationsInc SPARC: Stalking Prevention & Awareness Resource Center: https://www.stalkingawareness.org/SPARC Risk Assessment Tool: ​​https://www.stalkingawareness.org/sharp/Stop Stalking Us: https://www.stopstalkingus.com/Vice Article: “Meet the Erin Brockovich of Stalking”: https://www.vice.com/en/article/4xxg8j/meet-the-erin-brockovich-of-stalkingLA Mag Article: “From LA Scene Queen to Victim Rights Activist”: https://lamag.com/style/lenora-claire-scene-queen-victims-rights-activistPeople Magazine Article: “After Receiving Death Threats from Notorious Celebrity Stalker, Activist Fought Back”: https://people.com/crime/lenora-claire-anti-stalking-advocate-protects-victims/SWW S19 Artwork by the amazing Sara Stewart: Instagram.com/greaterthanokayFree + Confidential Resources + Safety Tips: somethingwaswrong.com/resources FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): https://www.ic3.gov/ Follow Something Was Wrong:Website: somethingwaswrong.com IG: instagram.com/somethingwaswrongpodcastTikTok: tiktok.com/@somethingwaswrongpodcast Follow Tiffany Reese:Website: tiffanyreese.me IG: instagram.com/lookiebooSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

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