Gulf Coast Live

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The entire nation seems to be talking about sexual assault with the rise of the #MeToo movement. But, today, we’re talking with a young survivor, who was assaulted when she was only 15.

If you think that’s uncommon, you may be surprised to hear the latest numbers show nearly one in five girls between the ages of 14 and 17 have been the victim of completed or attempted sexual assault.

Andrew West-The News Press

A few weeks ago News Press Storyteller and WGCU essayist Amy Bennett Williams wrote a short piece called Where are the Swallow-tailed Kites? It was, in part, a response to a Facebook post from WGCU’s own John Davis about how he looks forward to his first sighting of the year of the soaring, seemingly elusive birds. Well, we’re going to extend that effort today with a conversation about the birds of prey with a man who has studied them for years. Dr. Ken Meyer is executive director at the Avian Research and Conservation Institute.

Allergy season in Southwest Florida is only loosely associated with regular seasons, but suffice to say- right now many people are suffering with watery eyes, sniffly noses, and that tired, slightly out-of-it feeling that comes with feeling cruddy. But, for some the onset of allergies can come with a sidecar of depression. Research has found that people suffering from allergies are 50% more likely to also have symptoms of depression- and if a person has seen an allergist- that statistic jumps to 70%.

Is it a side effect? Or can allergies trigger a depressive response in the brain? We’re joined by Dr. Robert Pollack to explore the issue. He’s a Florida-licensed Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in practice since 1977, and is currently the CEO of Psychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.

As springtime unfolds and temperatures warm up, many animals are more active, leading to more opportunities for human interaction. You may have seen the pictures circulating on social media -- the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department recently responded to a call about an 11-foot gator that wound up in someone’s backyard swimming pool. That got us to thinking about just how the changing season affects animals, so we’re bringing in Dr. Jerry Jackson, he’s Professor of Ecological Sciences at FGCU and heard weekday mornings on WGCU with his long running Out With the Wild Things.

Help Trouper Touch More Lives / GoFundMe

Trouper, the blind raccoon, captured the heart of Dorothy Lee (aka Miss Dot) several years ago.

Miss Dot is a wildlife rehabilitator, who fought to save Trouper's life after he was attacked by a golfer as a wild baby raccoon. He is now 9 years old, and though he's blind, he has a mission to help other animals as the official wildlife ambassador of the Wildlife Education Project.