violence

Stalking is a terrifying and complicated crime to address and navigate, however it is often minimized in our society. Media portrayals of stalking are often deeply problematic and lead to misconceptions being perpetuated further. In California State University Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) recent Campus Survey on Sexual Violence, 18% of respondents reported being persistently followed, and/or harassed, and/or pursued by someone in an unwanted way on or around Cal Poly’s campus, but only 32% of these students identified these behaviors as “stalking.” What is stalking? What does it look like? And, what help is available for survivors?

Join Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Kara Samaniego, Assistant Director of Wellbeing at California University Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo, which directs the Safer program, and Jatzibe Sandoval, Legal Advocate with Stand Strong as they discuss the issue of stalking and how to recognize and respond to this serious crime.

Pondering the divide between good and evil is really just another way that we divide ourselves from others. It may be that we cannot address the escalating rage and violence that we are experiencing in the world until we grapple with the anger and aggression that resides inside us all. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and organizations that help survivors of domestic violence on the Central Coast report an uptick in calls, believed to be directly related to the pandemic.

In a statement issued in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, NAACP's president said, “What we must do now is protest peacefully, demand persistently and fight politically.” Join host Fred Munroe as he speaks with Cheryl Vines, local business owner of Mesa Design Group and co-founder, secretary and chair of WIN, and Stephen Vines, president of NAACP San Luis Obispo County and an area director for Central California. They will discuss the events surrounding George Floyd’s death, and issues of race, racism and police violence, and talk about suggestions for action.

We are in an era when acts of violence have become almost commonplace. We have calls for reform, regulations and more mental health care; we call, we write, we argue, we march. But what no one seems to do is understand or address the factors that lead someone to plan and execute an attack on others. Tune in Tuesday at 2 for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the gaping holes in our social fabric that lead to acts of despicable desperation.

Against Football

Sep 12, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/8/14

Author and former football fan Steve Almond speaks out against American’s favorite pastime. It’s not just the issue of brain damage to players that is disturbing; Almond says, it’s also the deep-seated passion for violence that pervades our society.

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An investigation is underway into a violent incident this week at Atascadero State Hospital involving four staff members and three patients.

The California Department of State Hospitals says the patients attacked the staff members Tuesday night causing a struggle during which police officers used pepper spray.