Anderson opened today's program backstage making final preparations and then stepped on stage and then stepped on stage to talk about the topic of abusive relationships. In a voice over video he introduced us to his first guest Connie Culp ~
Connie and her twin sister, Bonnie Oberlin, joined Anderson on stage to discuss Connie's story further. She' had over 30 surgeries on her face. We learn that for the first three years he was in prison, Connie talked to her husband everyday and they only recently divorced. Bonnie claims that it's only recently that Bonnie has realized she was in an abusive relationship. Anderson told her "a relationship is not bobbing and weaving."
After a break, Dr. Jill Murray, joined in from the audience and brought up the topic of 'Nostalgia Amnesia' - where we remember the good times and forget the bad. It was then time for a couple of questions from the audience.
Anderson's next guest was Tanya Williams, the former wife of NBA superstar Jason Williams. Tanya explained the details of her abusive relationship with Jason and they are now divorced. She spoke of being scared of him, about sleeping with a knife under her bed, being scared for her children and the role alcohol played. There was more advice from Dr. Murray and questions from the audience.
The show ended with Dr. Jill Murray sharing a bit of expert advice and Anderson thanking his guests and giving the number for the Center for Domestic Abuse Hotline ~
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