STRONG

Strong takes an in-depth, insider’s view of the #metoo movement and the systemic misogyny, dehumanization, and sexual exploitation particularly prevalent in the entertainment industry, but present in all communities, and across all walks of life. We celebrate the strength, resilience, compassion, love, and community that is required to overcome adversity and navigate the complexities of an exploitative society. Hosted by Barbra Neumann and Tessa Torrence Neumann.
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  • #11 – The Road To Recovery with McCauley Sexton

    April 27, 2021

    Mental health and recovery advocate, McCauley Sexton, son of musician Will Sexton and nephew to musician, Charlie Sexton, bravely opens up about trauma, addiction, and recovery and how he hopes to help and inspire others, through sharing his personal struggles and how he overcame them.

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  • #10 – Ingrid Rinck, Founder of Sensible Meals, Talks Health and Mental Health

    April 21, 2021

    On this episode of STRONG, we sit down with Ingrid Rinck. Ingrid is the founder of Sensible Meals, the Nations largest meal prep delivery service. Sensible meals is a nine-figure business, which Ingrid started while a single mother, overweight and living on a fixed income. Ingrid is also the wife of pro wrestler and news commentator, Tyrus. Ingrid is an absolute inspiration and we had an eye-opening discussion about health, eating disorders, mental health, motherhood, healing the inside before we look to the outside, overcoming adversity, and so much more!

     

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  • #9 – Ella Fairon: Consent & Rape Culture

    April 13, 2021

    April Sexual Assault Survivor Month. Strong welcomes guest, Ella Fairon. She’s working on amazing consent-based education through her non-profit and has designed consent-based lingerie that is launching to support victims who did not survive, Audrey and Daisy. The late Daisy Coleman was Ella’s best friend and together they founded SafeBAE. It’s a major “consent-based” non-profit movement/organization. Ella is a warrior in this movement. This episode will focus on consent and RAPE CULTURE.

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  • #8 – Rabbi Avremi Zippel: Survivor & Advocate

    April 8, 2021

    In 2019, Rabbi Avremi Zippel publicly came forward about the decade of sexual abuse he endured at the hands of his nanny, many years his senior. He is believed to be the first Orthodox Rabbi in the world to speak publicly regarding being sexually abused as a child. Since then, Rabbi Zippel has taken a leadership role in combating sexual abuse in religious communities around the world and advocating for survivors.

     

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  • #7 – Stalking: The Story of Dr. Amie Harwick with Emily Sears (Part 3)

    January 12, 2021

    In this three-part special on stalking and domestic violence resulting in a homicide, we discuss the beautiful life of the dynamic and courageous Amie Harwick, and her tragic death at the hands of her ex-boyfriend and stalker, Gareth Pursehouse. Amie was a fire breathing, celebrity family and sex therapist, and she empowered women, not only through her work but in her daily life. Amie suffered severe physical abuse during her relationship with Pursehouse and had twice sought restraining orders against him.

     

    The restraining order had expired shortly before he killed her.

     

    A 2008 study of restraining orders among victims of intimate partner homicide found that about 11% of women killed by male intimate partners had gotten a restraining order; one-fifth of those victims were killed within two days of the order being issued.

     

    In this episode, model, social media influencer, and women’s advocate Emily Sears sheds light on the story of her former stalker and how her therapist Dr. Amie Harwick successfully helped her through the traumatic experience. She talks to us about the horror of coming to terms with the fact that the very person who counseled her through her ordeal and helped her overcome the stressors associated with it, was also murdered by a stalker.

     

    You can find Emily on Instagram and Twitter @emilysears.

     

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  • #6 – Stalking: The Story of Dr. Amie Harwick with Miss Tosh (Part 2)

    January 12, 2021

    In this three-part special on stalking and domestic violence resulting in a homicide, we discuss the beautiful life of the dynamic and courageous Amie Harwick, and her tragic death at the hands of her ex-boyfriend and stalker, Gareth Pursehouse. Amie was a fire breathing, celebrity family and sex therapist, and she empowered women, not only through her work but in her daily life. Amie suffered severe physical abuse during her relationship with Pursehouse and had twice sought restraining orders against him.

     

    The restraining order had expired shortly before he killed her.

     

    A 2008 study of restraining orders among victims of intimate partner homicide found that about 11% of women killed by male intimate partners had gotten a restraining order; one-fifth of those victims were killed within two days of the order being issued.

     

    In this episode, designer, model, entertainer, glamour queen, and burlesque performer Miss Tosh takes us through her life as a part of the LGBTQ community—an often exploitative industry, and walks us through seeing Amie Harwick in her final hours, during a “Galentines Day” event she was hosting. We talk about Amie’s undying love of and support for women and how we can carry Amie’s legacy forward by loving, supporting, and empowering women.

     

    You can find Miss Tosh on Instagram @misstosh and at https://misstosh.com.

     

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  • #5 – Stalking: The Story of Dr. Amie Harwick with Robert Coshland (Part 1‪)

    January 12, 2021

    In this episode, we speak with Amie’s best friend, and the last person to speak with her, via text, Robert Coshland.

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  • #4 – Beating the Odds: with US Ambassador & Former US Senator, Scott Brown

    January 12, 2021

    Scott Brown, former US Ambassador and Senator, joins Strong. AMB Brown reveals his life of hardship, sexual, physical, psychological abuse, and resilience, chronicled in his 2011 autobiography. Scott Brown represents the human example: that with resilience and drive anyone can beat all odds.

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  • #3 – The Girl With No Name: Julia Holcomb, Underage Survivor of Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler

    January 12, 2021

    Strong, welcomes Pro-Life activist, Julia Holcomb, who shares her devastating story of the childhood that shaped her into falling prey to the rock-n-roll world where she met Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, became his girlfriend and pregnant ward, finally his survivor after she was forced into a late term abortion. Julia’s life is now dedicated to giving a voice to the voiceless.

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  • #2 – Groomed in Hindsight: Child Sexual Abuse, Addiction and Exploitation

    January 12, 2021

    Part Two of Strong with Guest-Host Dr. Annie Farmer and co-host, songwriter & survivor, Tessa Torrence Neumann delves deeper into the grooming process and it’s inner workings which were prime focal points of Tessa’s abuse that spanned over 6 years. Tessa opens up about her abuse in detail for the first time since speaking publicly in 2018. The women of Strong also discuss the exploitation of women and girls in the media and entertainment industries, addiction and their direct correlations to survivors of abuse.

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  • #1 – Up Close & Clinical, with Dr. Annie Farmer, survivor of Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell

    January 12, 2021

    Dr. Annie Farmer, a licensed clinical psychologist joins Strong to recount her abuse at the hands of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Together the mother/daughter host duo and Dr. Farmer discuss trauma and the grooming process, how it works and how perpetrators often groom their victims as well as entire communities around them. Strong dives deep into the media’s role in sensationalizing high-profile abuse cases and beyond.

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  • Barbra NeumannHost

    Barbra Neumann’s daughter was serially molested as a minor by a celebrity friend. Strong takes an in-depth, insider’s view of the #METOO movement and the ...

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  • Tessa Torrence NeumannHost

    Tessa Neumann—the 29-year-old stepdaughter of BoDeans’ front man Kurt Neumann — survived both physical and verbal sexual trauma at a very young age by an ...

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Guests

  • Julia Holcomb Guest

    "When Julia Holcomb was 16 years old she became the legal ward of Steven Tyler, lead singer of the rock band Aerosmith and American Idol, judge. At age 17, when she was over 5 months pregnant with Tyler's first child, she barely survived a fire that burned their apartment. While still in the hospital recovering from smoke inhalation she was coerced into a horrific saline abortion. She is the author of the memoir The Light of the World - the Steven Tyler and Julia Holcomb Story, published on LifeSiteNews, and credits her faith in Jesus Christ as the lifeline that helped her rebuild her life after her abortion trauma. She writes, "I pray that all those who have had abortions or have participated in any way in an abortion procedure may find in my story, not judgment or condemnation, but a renewed hope in God's steadfast love, forgiveness, and peace. Marriage and the family are the building blocks of all virtuous societies. I pray that our nation may find its way back to God's plan by respecting the life of unborn children and strengthening the sanctity of marriage." Julia is also an accomplished artist, having studied painting at the University of Houston and the Toronto Academy of Realist Art. She specializes in iconography, portraiture, and landscape realism. Today, Julia is happily married to her husband of 30 years and together they have 7 children."

  • Ambassador Scott Brown Guest

    "Scott P. Brown is a prominent political leader, attorney, and National Guardsman with a long history of public service. In 2010, Ambassador Brown won a special election and served in the U.S. Senate for three years. During his time in the U.S. Senate, Ambassador Brown was known as the most bipartisan Senator and was the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, as well as the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and was a member of the Veteran’s Committee and the Committee on Small Business. As an elected official, he worked extensively on sex offender, child trafficking and other law enforcement issues to keep children and families safe. He began his public service career as an Assessor and Selectman for the Town of Wrentham, Massachusetts. He served as Massachusetts State Representative for the 9th Norfolk District for seven years and as State Senator for the Norfolk, Bristol, and Middlesex District for five. Ambassador Brown served in the enlisted and officer ranks of the Massachusetts and Maryland National Guard. He retired as a Colonel after 35 years of service, the last four of which he served as the Deputy to the Chief Counsel to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau at the Pentagon. While maintaining his law practice he was also a contracted contributor and analyst for Fox National News. Ambassador Brown worked as an attorney for Nixon Peabody, LLP, Boston, MA. He served on the Board of Directors and as an Advisor to Kadant, Inc., Westford, MA and as an advisor to 1st Alliance Lending, LLP, East Hartford, CT, an organization aimed at helping low income citizens keep their homes. He was an Advisor to SkyBridge Capital, New York, NY and to Ron Terwilliger Housing Foundation, Vienna, VA, and served as a board member for the USA Triathlon Foundation introducing youth to the sport of triathlon. He traveled extensively speaking before colleges, businesses, trade associations, and financial and government advocacy groups globally."

  • Robert Coshland Guest

    Robert Coshland has a 30-year career that spans entertainment, software, and marketing. Over his career, Robert has run his own marketing agency, served as executive producer for over 50 video games, directed and produced award-winning visual effects, overseen permanent exhibits for the Smithsonian Institute, and created art for a best-selling children’s book. Most recently he manages his home, The Historic Harris House, as a filming location. To date, his home has been the setting for over 100 films, music videos, photoshoots, and commercials. He resides with his wife, Cleopatra, their two Pomeranians, and Amie’s cat, Marquis in Glendale, California.

  • Emily Sears Guest

    Emily Sears is an Australian model. People mostly know her for her appearances in popular magazines including ‘GQ’, ‘FHM’, ‘Zoo Weekly’ and ‘Maxim. ‘Additionally, she has also worked with brands like Esquire, Ciroc, Strikeforce MMA, and Monster Energy among others.

  • Miss Tosh Guest

    "Miss Tosh is the queen of Glitz and Glamour. The world renowned burlesque star,entrepreneur, designer, & producer is famous for her dazzling haute-couture burlesque performances, stunning productions and LGBTQ + activism. Miss Tosh is the producer of The Glamour Ball, Envie!, and Beauty of Burlesque. Known as the LGBTQ + Glambassador, Miss Tosh advocates for inclusivity & diversity in the entertainment industries, showcasing talent and supporting artist of diverse backgrounds. Miss Tosh is an established artist and designer with over 10 years of experience in the fashion industry. Earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious fashion department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her time there she received scholarships, awards, and sponsorship from Swarovski Crystals for her excellence in design & pattern making. Always pushing the boundaries and paving her own way. Miss Tosh's passion for glamour inspired her to create luxurious lounge wear influenced by old hollywood starlets and kitsch vibrancy. Miss Tosh launched her collection to showcase her ardour for fashion. It is of the utmost importance to Miss Tosh to create high quality designs that make everyone feel like a star!"