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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Courage Empowerment Forum Welcomes 1in6.org – Info, Options, Hope

Research shows that approximately “1 in 6 men have experienced unwanted or abusive sexual experiences before age 16”. Out of these numbers are men who suffer in silence, in a world that is just learning how to cope with the stigmas surrounding male survivors of sexual abuse. Would you know what to do, how to react, if a man or young male you care for confessed to being sexually assaulted or victimized? 1 in 6 is an organization that is providing resources, support and understanding for this issue. They are also shedding light on the myths that permeates society and often keeps males survivors suffering in shame and in the darkness. With a motto of “INFO, OPTIONS, HOPE”, 1 in 6 is responding to the needs of these men and those that care about them.

Tune in Tuesday, April 5th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific to www.party934.com, 94.9 FM Hudson Valley, NY to hear Steve, executive director of 1in6.org and learn more about the help for male survivors and all survivors of sexual assault.

Visit 1in6.org’s website at http://www.1in6.org

CHARLEY LANGER, Intelligent Smooth Jazz, Saxaphonist

Courage Empowerment Forum is pleased to feature the music of Charley Langer! Charley’s music has been branded as “Intelligent Smooth Jazz”. His music is carefully crafted and takes the listener to places they’ve never gone before. Charley has a unique style that is truly recognizable as his own. He brings an undeniable gift of saxaphone playing to audiences around the country and a band of talented performers on every track. He is also receiving national air play on the Weather Channel.

Bio

A classically-trained saxophonist, Charley developed his technique under such masters of the instrument as Vincent Gnojek, Douglas Masek, and Laura Hunter. His experience includes numerous live venues, television, and radio; as well as performances with notables Morton Gould, John Adams, Zita Carno, the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and others.

During a temporary relocation to Hawaii, Charley worked as a sideman for local entertainers, including island chart-topper Jon Basebase (“Suddenly”), the Bobby King Royal Combo, and the Willie Barton Orchestra. More recently, he has played and/or recorded with contemporary Christian artists Annie Herring, Julie Meyer, Chris DuPre, Pablo Perez, and Gregg Stone.

After having been a contributing performer on numerous independent recordings, Charley has released his debut solo CD, Never the Same. To help perfect this mixture of jazz and rock, Charley enlisted drummer/producer Ron Wikso, who has shared the stage with numerous rock legends. Another prominent musician on the album is guitarist Kurt Griffey who, like Wikso, boasts an impressive resume of rock gigs and adds a unique flavor to Charley’s songs that make this album stand out. Never The Same features world-class bassist Alphonso Johnson (Weather Report), keyboardist Wally Minko (Jean Luc Ponty), and percussionist Michito Sanchez (Joe Sample). The title cut is currently receiving daily nationwide airplay on The Weather Channel.

Although Charley’s current musical focus is on recording and composition, he still makes time to perform with the award-winning Sacramento band, Steelin’ Dan, and other local projects.

Visit www.charleylanger.com .

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Lyn Twyman Features Musician Brian O’Neal on Courage Empowerment Forum

Brian O’Neal is ‘Changing the World One Ear at a Time’. As an independent nu-jazz artist, producer, composer and keyboardist, he has delighted the hearts of millions of fans. He has also worked with artists such as Universal Motown recording artist KEM as Assistant Musical Director and Keyboardist. He has shared the stage with many great musicians including Stevie Wonder, India Arie and Jeff Lorber.

He’s a native of Detroit, MI, home of the Motown sound. His loving grandmother Daisy O’Neal purchased his first piano which further spurred his love of music, helping to mold him into the musician he is today.

Brian is also a humanitarian and the founder of the DO Foundation. With a motto of ‘Humans Helping Humans’, Brian is dedicated to helping the homeless population of Detroit. We’ll learn about his two days on the street as a homeless person and how that changed his life.

In this week’s program of Courage Empowerment Forum, Lyn Twyman is pleased to feature Brian O’Neal, this captivating musician and award winning activist. Tune in Tuesday, January 25th at 9 PM Eastern, 6pm Pacific for this great interview!

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Dedicated to Those Who Still Have a Fighting Chance

It’s been almost 11 years ago that I met a beautiful young man who was dying of cancer at the tender age of 18.  I had heard about his struggle with cancer in the local newspaper and new that someone needed to reach out to him and his family.  I was working a full time job then so I asked my preacher at the time if he would pay this young man a visit and he promised me he would.  After 2 or 3 weeks had gone by, I learned that my preacher had not kept his word and I became livid.  ‘Why am I giving this man my tithe money when he can’t even get his ass in the car and visit someone who is sick as the rest of us are at work struggling to make a living?’ I thought.

I then made the decision to make the visit myself and I asked another church member, who knew the family of the young man, if she would go with me to visit them after I got off from work.  She agreed and in the cold and chill of December, we drove down an old, back country road to a white cottage in the darkness of the night out in the woods.  Once we arrived at the home, we were met by some of the friendliest of people, given the circumstances.  The new friend that I met that night, who I always call now my Charlie, was laying in the living room on his hospital bed, connected to a morphine pump as his source of pain relief and sustenance.

What happened that night I have never forgotten as I watched this young man, who did not have much left to his frail being, wake from his sleep  and he began speaking to me, though he couldn’t see me as the cancer had taken most of his sight.  We talked and I learned about his favorite instrument, his favorite sport, even his favorite flower.  I also prayed with him that night asking God to be by his side and Charlie received assurance that he would go to meet his Maker.  Minutes later, he drifted back to sleep but before he did, I gave him a red Bible.

Charlie died three days later on December 26th and after speaking with his mother after the funeral had taken place, I learned that he was buried with the same Bible I had given him.  I also learned from his mother that the visit I had paid him gave him renewed strength that she had not seen from him in a while.   He was a more cheerful person in his last three days, making mention of me several times and wanting to know where his Bible was.  On Christmas day, after weeks of not eating because of the effects from the morphine, he awoke asking to get dressed and ate his last meal ever with his family.  I didn’t know that the time I had left to reach him wasn’t that long.  I didn’t know that Charlie was on the verge of death the night we went to see him.  The local newspaper had minimized the state of his condition.

Just like my angel, Charlie, whose life was claimed by a gruesome disease called cancer, there are many victims of domestic violence who are also on the verge of death.  If you and I don’t get to them, don’t talk to them, don’t reach out to them soon, and just wait for other people and organizations to do the work when you and I are just as capable, then it just may be too late.  If we can save them or offer some kind of hope to help them move on and be empowered to take the next steps, then we’ve done our job.

I know my Charlie died, but he needed someone to come to him and give him some kind of hope as his fate was near.  For those who are being victimized by domestic violence, they still have a fighting chance, however, and that’s the point I want to get across today.

So I challenge all of us who are fighting for the rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault to crime victimization, please remember that each person deserves the help and support.  It’s not too late. Each person deserves to be kept safe from their abuser and out of harm’s way with whatever it takes.  Judges, prosecutors, police officers and advocates reading this, ask yourselves are your departments doing all they can do to protect victims?  Politicians and legislators, are you passing laws to keep victims safe or what’s holding you back from making the right decisions to protect your citizens?  Is it that one little clause in a bill that needs to be modified that’s preventing you from voting on it?  If so, then for Heaven’s sake come to a compromise, get it changed and pass that bill!  And family, friends, co-workers, what’s keeping you from talking to the person you love or know about getting help as they are being abused?

If all of us wait for the next guy to come around, just like the lazy preacher I once had, what we’re called to do by Divine Intervention, Providence or Karma will never happen.  So let’s take the time to make this coming holiday and new year a time to be more proactive in our fight for all of humanity.  There are some things we just know we must do that are right.  Someone needs you.  Don’t let anything hold you back.

~Dedicated to my Charlie.  Called home to be with his Maker December 26, 1999.~