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Thank you for tuning in and welcome to the SHE SPEAKS Podcast by The Great Canadian Woman™. My name is Sarah Swain and I am the founder of The Great Canadian Woman™, an empowered multi-media organization and inclusive community that focuses on producing 100% Canadian content to put the spotlight on the powerful and inspiring Womxn right here in Canada. We host events, we publish books, we produce a collaborative blog, we run a book club that tackles tough issues facing Canadians and you can find out about all of these things and more by visiting www.thegreatcanadianwoman.ca

On The SHE SPEAKS Podcast by The Great Canadian Woman, you can expect to learn something new, from someone new with each new episode. Producing 3 fresh episodes per week every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, you’ll listen to Womxn cover anything and everything from business to the environment to social justice to parenting to travel and just about everything in between. There is something here for everyone. The purpose here is for you to connect to, learn from and grow alongside other incredible Canadian Womxn - who have something to say. 

We as The Great Canadian Woman brand and platform no longer identify as being a like-minded community of Womxn because truthfully, we believe that by surrounding ourselves with people who think the same way as us only perpetuates the palpable divisiveness across our country, and globally at that. Instead, we are an open-minded community and we hope that by being here, you feel inspired to learn something new that challenges your existing beliefs. We hope that you connect with someone new that maybe you wouldn’t have otherwise connected with or had the opportunity to connect with. And we hope that by being here, it sparks growth in your own personal or professional journey. 

Most of our contributors are the everyday Womxn. Not celebrities. Not big influencers. Not famous. Womxn. I won’t even say JUST Womxn, because being a Womxn is enough. These are Womxn with something to say, and that is enough. More than enough.

Gone  are the days She remains humble and keep her gifts, her wisdom and her power to herself. 

Here, she takes the mic. 

Here, she owns her power. 

Here, She SPEAKS.

Oct 13, 2020

Dr. L.J. Samuel is a criminologist with expertise in police-community relations, police misconduct, risk management, community engagement, and interpersonal violence.  With over ten years working with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, DC she is a leading expert in Early Identification and Intervention System (EIS).  She also served as the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Division.  A forward thinker and innovator, Dr. Samuel created and oversaw the MPD Fitness Challenge, a health and wellness initiative designed to better the health of MPD officers.  This hard work and dedication earned her the honor of the 2012 MPD Employee of the Year.

In 2015 Dr. Samuel noticed an escalation in violence against women incidents based on police reports and news stories.  In response, she created Cupid’s Sting, an interpersonal violence reduction program. The mission of Cupid’s Sting is to teach women life-saving skills through one day workshops on interpersonal violence, domestic violence, and street harassment, including demonstration and practice of self-defense techniques.  A former professor at Howard University, she developed and facilitated workshops on dating abuse, situational awareness, and self-defense for her students.  She introduced the Cupid’s Sting program at the 2017 Women’s Empowerment Expo in Washington, DC and was the keynote speaker for the All about the Sisters launch in New York, NY in January 2018.  Dr. Samuel also led a talk on interpersonal violence for the Lions Club International-Toronto this year.  Dr. Samuel has been featured in The Brampton Guardian, The Southwester, The Hill Rag, and on news programs Wake Up Washington and WUSA9.  

Dr. Samuel writes a blog called “You Have the Right to Remain Informed” that focuses on crime tips for women, information on victimization, and policing.  She is also the author of the novel Dear Diary, a murder mystery set in the Nation’s Capital.   Dr. Samuel lives in Brampton with her dog Shoe and loves hanging out with her family and working out.

In today’s episode L.J. Shares:

  • a greater understanding of women’s safety issues
  • tips and information women can employ to protect themselves if victimized 
  • Important resources for women who have been victimized

Dr. Samuel discusses how women generally tend to be afraid of stranger violence but the majority of their victimization occurs within the home by the hands of an intimate partner.  The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified this issue with more and more women being victimized.  In this episode she unpacks this issue and gives readers and listeners some practical tips to protect themselves.

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