I met Yemoja Oshun at an art market in New Orleans and I was immediately intrigued by her career path so I asked if she would share her story with me. Our conversation focuses largely on healing her own sexual abuse through BDSM and her role in helping others heal through sensual bodywork.
Thanks to Yemoja Oshun for sharing her story. Find out more about her work on her website, Patreon, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube
SESTA and FOSTA - The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) are the U.S. Senate and House bills that as the FOSTA-SESTA package became law on April 11, 2018. They clarify the country's sex trafficking law to make it illegal to knowingly assist, facilitate, or support sex trafficking, and amend the Section 230 safe harbors of the Communications Decency Act (which make online services immune from civil liability for the actions of their users) to exclude enforcement of federal or state sex trafficking laws from its immunity.
SESTA has been criticized by pro-free speech and pro-Internet groups including the Center for Democracy and Technology, Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, Engine Advocacy, the Sex Workers Outreach Project (which described SESTA as a "disguised internet censorship bill"), and the Wikimedia Foundation, who argue that the bill weakens the section 230 safe harbors, and places an unnecessary burden on internet companies and intermediaries that handle user-generated content or communications. Excerpts from Wikipedia.
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Kelly and I met to talk by the Banksy at the old drop-in center just outside the French Quarter. His story focuses on growing up in foster care and the powerful events in his life that centered around New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina.
Welcome to the Hidden South - a collection of conversations between myself, Brent Walker, and people I meet throughout the Southeast U.S. This is episode number 3.
It’s PTSD awareness month and today’s conversation with Jamie focuses on her battle with Complex PTSD. I wasn’t aware of this different type of PTSD before Jamie shared her story with me. My assumption is that many of you haven’t heard of Complex PTSD either so here’s a brief description from sources that I’ll include in the show notes.
Complex PTSD is caused by chronic, long-lasting traumatic events, rather than short-lived events and usually involve some sort of emotional or physical captivity. There are many symptoms of Complex PTSD, some of which are shared with regular PTSD. One of the symptoms that seemed to come up a lot for Jamie is called emotional flashbacks. Emotional flashbacks are sudden and often prolonged regressions to the frightening circumstances of childhood. Because most emotional flashbacks do not have a visual or memory component to them, the triggered individual rarely realizes that she is re-experiencing a traumatic time from childhood.
I met with Jamie in her home in New Orleans on June 14th, 2019 and we discussed the challenges and the triumphs that she’s experienced on her journey. Here’s Jamie’s story
I make reference to interviewing a doctor about PTSD and vets. The psychologist I was referring to is Hector Garcia. Here is a link to his TED Talk.
Jamie references receiving treatment in West Virginia that was key in helping her recover from Complex PTSD. Intensive Trauma Therapy can be found at https://traumatherapy.us/
Jamie mentioned a book off mic that has really helped her on her road to recovery called Complex PTSD: From Surviving To Thriving by Pete Walker. The author’s website also seems to have extensive resources to help understand and manage complex PTSD.
Jamie talks about receiving help in Montana, where they diagnosed her with CPTSD. The name of the organization is Western Montana Mental Health Center. The therapist who helped Jamie in her recovery while in Montana is Sadie Smith, who now practices in Denver, CO.
An article on verywellmind that seems to do a very good job of describing Complex PTSD and its symptoms.
Robert Henri was quoted at the end of Jamie's story.
This conversation took place on January 31st, 2017 at the neutral ground on St. Roch Ave. in New Orleans. Raskull had been hopping trains with her boyfriend Ian and her dog Spaghetti for quite a while by the time I met her. Here’s a brief glimpse into Raskull’s life.
Welcome to The Hidden South, a collection of intimate conversations with people throughout the Southeast U.S. My name is Brent Walker.
This is the first of what I hope to be many episodes of The Hidden South. Since this is the first episode, let me tell you a little about my project.
I’ve been a photographer for many years. In 2014 I began hitting the streets of Atlanta’s most impoverished neighborhoods and asking people to tell me a story about something that changed their lives. After we were finished talking, I’d take their picture and post their story and photo online.
In 2015, after a harrowing Kickstarter campaign, I took a trip around the Southeast U.S. and created my first book, The Hidden South - Come Home, which largely focuses on addiction in the South.
Since the book has come out, I’ve delved into other areas of interest. For the last year and a half, I’ve focused on Mental health in the U.S. and have a book completed that has not yet been released about that subject.
Now I’m in New Orleans and am gathering a collection of stories and portraits of people who have a meaningful connection to this very important place.
The episode that you’re about to listen to touches on all three, addiction, mental health, and New Orleans. I’ve known David in passing for a few years. He was a barista at a coffee shop I often went to on Lower Decatur in the French Quarter. He was also roommates with a friend of mine, Corey, who died from a fentanyl overdose last year.
I met David in the Marigny, a vibrant, beautiful neighborhood just outside the French Quarter. The children that you’ll hear in the background were selling cookies and lemonade close by.
A side note: I did not anticipate this being my first podcast episode so I wasn’t worried about the noise around us and I recorded directly onto my phone. In other words, the quality of the audio isn’t great. Expect modestly better in the future.
You can view hundreds of stories and portraits including David’s at thehiddensouth.com