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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences.

Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences.
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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences.




Introducing Over My Dead Body

What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead. Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or visit www.wondery.fm/omdb


Merry Bloody Christmas

Tracy Rowland's mother figured her daughter's Christmas Break home from college was the perfect time to schedule surgery. She wouldn't miss any class and be able to lay around and recover. Of course, that's not exactly what ended up happening. Tracy is here to tell us about a Christmas memory her family still talks about. And! It's the end of Season 1! From all of us here at I, Survivor we want to thank you SO much for listening. We'll be back for Season 2 in April. Happy...


Whiteout Conditions

David Crabb and his husband went to Newfoundland to spend Christmas with his mother in her new house. They landed in whiteout conditions, and the trip got worse from there. They escaped, and a few months later, so did his mother. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Living Proof - Go to livingproof.com/Survivor and use promo code "survivor" for a free sample of dry shampoo. Lending Club - Save some money at lendingclub.com/survivor Stamps - Shipping is easy, especially with a 4 week...


Football, Inc.

Chris Borland played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers and after a stellar rookie season left his pro career so he wouldn’t become a statistic! He’s since become an advocate for CTE and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Links from today’s episode! Chris on Face The Nation Chris on CBS This Morning See Chris Advocate! Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Brooklinen - Get $20 off and free shipping at Brooklinen.com, and use code SURVIVOR at checkout. Quip - Go to...


It Still Floods

What happens to artists when they need to process? They create. Writer Paul Bianchi turned a childhood trauma into a performance piece and he came into the studio to share his story with us. Links from today’s episode! Paul’s podcast, Mythunderstood Art helps a lot of people process their trauma And may help you or someone you love! Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Bombas - Visit Bombas.com/Survivor and use code Survivor at checkout for 20% off your first order. Living...


Lacey Is Your Friend

Lacey Henderson survived a childhood cancer that had no survival rate, but losing a leg didn’t slow her down. Inspired by the classic film bring it on, she became a competitive cheerleader. Then, over a casual family game of beer pong her Dad bet her she could never pole vault as an amputee. Not only did she fly, she became an Olympian! Ok, so there was a lot of training and other hard stuff that happened in between but it kinda feels like she was born for this. Links from Today’s...



When Rachel was in the Air Force, she was assaulted by a fellow airman. While initially praised for her bravery, she was punished when she spoke out. But Rachel left the skies for the seas, and found healing on her boat, Coconut, where she now lives. Isn't it annoying that the Air Force refuses to call members anything other than "airman" even when they're air women? And to all those who have served our country, we salute you. Links from Today's Episode! Save A Warrior Rachel tried CBT,...


Tested to the Limit

When Consolee Nishimwe was 14, the Rwandan Genocide ripped her country and family apart. She hid out in bushes, attics, and she survived. She shared her story with us and inspired the hell out of us. The Rwandan Genocide is a big and terrible topic that we couldn’t fully explore in this episode, so do ya homework and learn more about it to fully appreciate Consolee’s journey. Links from Today’s Episode! Read Consolee’s book! You can also follow her on Twitter for more. If you want more...


My Husband The Sociopath

When Michele Simms was 23 she met the man she married. He was a sociopath and she couldn't escape. It took a stay in a really unlikely place for her to find the strength she needed to get out. Reminder that mental illness is not your fault, nor is it a reflection of your value. Asking for help or taking medication to manage your symptoms is not weakness and admitting you are not okay is not a failure. Links from today's episode: How to Spot a Sociopath Are you the target of a...


Not Today, Dogs

Cat Crow was on vacation in the Italian countryside when she was attacked by wild dogs. When she got to the hospital a new set of horrors was waiting for her. Links from the episode! Rabid or just plain dangerous? Know the difference. Wagatwe is sending out a weekly newsletter! Check it out. You are also supporting this show whenever you support our advertisers, like Ritual. Visit Ritual.com/Survivor to start your ritual today.


Surviving Dr. Death

The Texas medical system failed to protect 33 patients from Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Philip Mayfield was one of the survivors. We spoke to Laura Beil, host and reporter of the podcast Dr. Death, about the story, Duntsch's victims, the survivors, and the institutional betrayal that occurred all across Texas Links from the episode! Listen to Dr. Death if you haven’t. The story is wild! Institutional Betrayal - Article by Dr. Jennifer Freyd And, you can support this show by supporting our...


How To Lose A Husband In 10 Weeks

We’ve never told Jenna’s story on our show, so here it is: she’s part of the First Wives Club and survived an abusive first marriage. Did you know that more than 10 million people each year are victims of intimate partner violence? We’d also kindly like to remind people who ask survivors, “Why didn’t you [verb] sooner/earlier/fight back?” to eff right off. Links from today’s episode: CNN has your DV stats and a timeline of legislature related to DV in the US Jenna’s on Twitter if you’re...


Introducing Sold in America

Listen to Sold in America wherever you listen to I, Survivor.


Covert Affairs

Paul Gilmartin, host of the podcast Mental Illness Happy Hour, survived covert incest. It’s especially insidious because there’s no physical contact, but the emotional damage is very real. Paul has dedicated his life to his recovery, and regularly talks about depression, addiction, anxiety, abuse and gender identity on his show. Jenna was also on his show! You should probably check it out. Links from today’s episode! Paul’s podcast is available wherever you listen to I,...


Bonus: Institutional Betrayal with Dr. Jennifer Freyd

This is a special episode all about Institutional Betrayal. We've mentioned it a lot, but haven't really gone into it in detail. We talked to Dr. Jennifer Freyd, a psychology professor at University of Oregon who coined the term.


Life After Death

Norman Buckley is a director known for his work on Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, but what you may not know is that he’s survived the untimely and tragic deaths of two of his partners. He shares the story of them and how he found a way out of what could have been a hellacious grief spiral. Then we talk to grief expert David Kessler. It’s a heavy episode, friends, so hug your lovers tightly. Links for today’s episode! David made a free three-part series for anyone who has had a...


Behind Closed Doors

Myrla Baldonado is a caregiver who survived sexual assault working in five homes. She’s an activist and a badass who showed up for her interview wearing a Time’s Up pin. We also defined some key terms like gaslighting, so you can stay vigilant, and we talked to Bernice Yeung. She’s a ProPublica investigative reporter who covers sexual violence on the job. The stats are appaling. Time’s Up, motherf*ckers. Links from today’s episode: Time’s UP! If you want to learn more about workplace...


Homeless in Los Angeles

Joey Weinert was just a kid, when his dad, The Manila Envelope Bandit, was arrested for a string of bank robberies throughout Southern California. That led to struggling with addiction. The Midnight Mission in Downtown Los Angeles helped him, and some women we talked to on Skid Row, turn their lives around. Over the last few years, the number of homeless women has increased 50%, and after seeing the everyday trauma firsthand we’re happy places like the Midnight Mission exist. Links from...


Trafficked, Recovered, Redeemed

When Jasmine Grace Marino was 18, her boyfriend forced her into the dark world of sex trafficking. Alicia Molina first started using drugs and alcohol when she was 13. She’s now 5 years sober. Sex trafficking and addiction are both stigmatized as individual failures, rather than reflections on our society. So here’s your weekly/daily/hourly reminder that they (and you, if you’re in similar situations) did not do anything wrong. These women were lucky to find ways out, and if you’re...


Judgment Day

Mav Viola was attacked by someone she trusted - her youth pastor. She eventually realized he’d been grooming her (and other girls) for this abuse. Even WORSE, her church community didn’t believe her because apparently ‘someone who is a mostly ok dude that sometimes does terrible things to women’ is good enough! We’re throwing out some Hail Mary’s hoping churches get the hell away from this idea. Here’s a tip for people hiring anyone who works with children: if they’re a sex offender, DON’T...