I Need Blue

I Need Blue

I turned around to see a masked man pointing a gun at me. It was just the beginning of a series of events, including robbery and abduction, which changed my life forever. I Need Blue, hosted by Jen Lee, is a podcast series featuring real-life stories from survivors of trauma. Unbelievable and eventful, the stories expose not only underground crimes, but those happening next door. I Need Blue supports our law enforcement. We recognize their essential need to our communities.

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November 28, 2022 65 min

After her husband's death, Debbie tried  online dating and ended up being scammed out of over a million dollars.

Debby Montgomery Johnson is a survivor advocate and hosts a podcast, Stand Up and Speak Up. She is also a published author.

This is Debby Montgomery Johnson 's story...

Six months after her husband's death, Debby's friends encouraged her to try online dating. She was hesitant at first, but decided to give i...

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Taylor is a wife, mom, and content creator who is also a childhood sexual abuse survivor. She uses her social media platform to share her day-to-day life and to inspire women around the world to overcome, persevere, and live their best lives.
 
 This is Taylor 's story...
 
 Taylor was sexually abused by her grandfather from a very young age. She remembers being groomed from around age three, and the abuse continued until she was t...

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Jasmin Peach is a former Australian police officer dedicated to breaking the stigma of mental health within the first responder industry, within the police force. She earned her qualification as a domestic violence investigator.

This is Jasmin Peach's story...

 Jasmine Peach is a police officer who decided to enter the field in order to help people. She soon realized that there was more to the job than just the excitement of catc...

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A young girl who is sexually assaulted by her teacher turns her trauma into a force for good, using her story to help other survivors and prevent future abuse. 

May 5th, 1994 the cover of the River Cities Gazette reads, TEACHER CONFESSES, I fondled my students. Miami Springs Middle School teacher, Ronald Bach said he took the girls, most of whom were his teacher aides, out of classes by writing passes which  excused their absences. ...

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 "You can't measure yourself by one standard."

Barry Walton is an accomplished director with five documentaries and an Emmy under his belt. Barry won 15 awards for best documentary short with his most recent film, Empty America. He is also the owner of Endless Media.

This is Barry Walton's story...

Barry Walton was held back in third grade. He remembers feeling shame and embarrassment when he found out he wouldn'...

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"I talked to my son a week ago. He was going to be home in one month. 30 days and he would be returning home from the Army. He was an honorable part of Operation Enduring Freedom stationed in Afghanistan and my baby is headed home. I can wait for a hug. I just can’t wait." 

 Michelle never got that hug. The next time she saw her son, he was in a casket. He died with glory serving his country, the United States of America. Bu...

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When Pam meets a man at  a work conference and has a bad feeling about him, she doubted her instincts and ends up followed.
 
 Mike Dandridge is an experienced security professional with over 20 years experience in executive protection, travel security, global security operations, international travel and crisis management. He now dedicates his time to helping women think safety, and has created an online course, Travel With Confiden...

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The Guardian Ad Litem is a foster child's eyes and ears and they advocate for their well being to make sure they are getting what they need. Today's episode is filled with love, passion and purpose.

My first guest, Mary was removed from her home during her sensitive teen years. She had been sexually abused by a family member. As you hear her describe how these events left her emotionally devastated at an age where navigatin...

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Kristen is a college student and survivor of sexual assault. She is sharing her story to provide the red flags leading up to the assault and to provide a cautionary tale for other women using dating apps.
 
 This is Kristen's story...
 
 Kristen was on a first date where she was assaulted for hours after meeting someone on a dating app. She felt trapped and unable to move or speak. Kristen is now a survivor and is sharing her story...

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Today my guest is Suzy Pereira.  Suzy lost her son in November 2021, not even a year ago to Fentanyl poisoning.  Fentanyl is the deadly synthetic opioid that has contaminated the illicit drug supply and is killing thousands of Americans.  In fact it is the No. 1 cause of death of Americans ages 18-45, more than car accidents, suicide and gun violence combined. 

In the wake of her tragedy, Suzy started a non-profit called The Blue P...

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Stacy Webb is a former police officer and detective in Sydney, Australia. The traumatic experiences she witnessed left her with several PTSD symptoms. Mental health and personally for her, first responder mental health has become a passion. Now, as an Intuitive Trauma Release mentor, she gives back to others.

She recently published a book , The Intuitive Detective by Stacy Webb.  We will talk about policing in Australia vs the Unit...

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Christmas night, Becki became a survivor of rape.  

Today's episode continues where we left off with Becki headed to the hospital. Hours later she was doing "after Christmas" shopping with family. That was a mistake...

She never saw or heard him. It haunted her because even if law enforcement could find him, she wouldn't be able to ID him. She lived 10 years wondering if any man she came across was him.

Once day, 10 ye...

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Christmas night, Becki became a survivor of rape. After leaving her family's  house, she made a stop on her way home.  He saw her there and followed her home. She didn't notice until the sound of the washer machine lid falling jarred her awake. This begins a series of events which haunt her today.   Included in this conversation is her husband Lloyd who was her boyfriend at the time.  

 Some details have been altered to prot...

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Maya - It's not often I get to talk about cancer in a way where it's both educational, emotional, and inspiring. I want people to know they’re not alone regardless of their role, whether they are the patient, the parent, the sibling, even the cousin or the aunt.  Everybody is affected by a sickness and it's not just the immediate people; everybody matters.

“My friends thought I would give them cancer. I wore gloves when ...

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 At age 12, Keirra's life changed. She left her home environment where her mom was mostly absent. This led to her journey of multiple moves, several schools, drugs, prostitution an anonymous phone call, living in a safe house and much more. Now as a single mom, Keirra found hope, structure, and direction when she met Lisa Soloway with Lift Up Young Lives of Brevard County, FL.

Lisa Soloway, founder, and executive director of Lif...

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Today’s episode speaks on behalf of those children who search for their forever home, who have been removed from their familiar environment for one reason or another and placed into a different permanent or temporary family environment. The hope is always that the new home is a better fit for raising that child. However, situations exist where the child is put in more danger.  I never thought about the foster care system until now....

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What happens when those who protect don't know how to ask for help themselves?

This episode is about first responders, law enforcement, and military addiction and recovery. A true story where understanding it's okay to be the helpee vs the helper. As first responders, you have the right to be well, and live a fulfilling life. Windmill Wellness Ranch provides the healing treatment and hope you deserve.

Erika Unberhagen, is a...

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April 10 - 16th 2022 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators week .
Imagine being blind to a situation and still creating a positive outcome. The 911 operator is the true first responder. They pick up the call when you are seeking help.

Lieutenant Hall is with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office in Kaufman, Texas. She has been employed as a 911 telecommunicator for 20 years, and has worked as a dispatcher, call taker, trainer...

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I Need Blue continues it's focus on the drug epidemic plaguing the United States. 

Meet Robbie, he has been in recovery since Sept 18th, 2018.  He shares his story about being born into a family riddled with alcohol and drug addiction. His childhood included foster care, at times, an absent mom, and the tragic loss of 2 close family members due to drunk driving.  Robbie shares his journey of survival which includes the moment he...

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Debra Mayer is a wife and mom. She tragically lost her only son, Shaun, to the disease of addiction. In honor of him,  she spends her time creating awareness about the addiction epidemic while truly focusing on helping others like her son and their families.  

 She is here to share her memories of Shaun and share his struggles which lead to his opioid and eventual heroin addiction which ultimately took his life. Debra is an advocate...

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