'SOCAL CONNECTED' Updates the Story of One Remarkable Woman Warrior's Struggle to Recover from Sexual Assault and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

BURBANK, CA - June 26, 2014 - SOCAL CONNECTED, KCET's Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series revisits the story of a female Army vet who overcame the trauma of war and sexual assault to reclaim her health and sense of purpose. Angie Peacock joined the Army as the idealistic daughter of a military family, but life in the armed forces did not go as planned. After she was raped, her superior officers encouraged her not to press charges. She was deployed to Iraq, where she witnessed a devastating explosion. The combination of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST) led to a medical discharge, addiction to pain killers, divorce and several suicide attempts. This updated and inspiring account of how Peacock found help through a Long Beach therapy program for female vets, enrolled in college and even met President Obama is told by anchor, Val Zavala. The story airs Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 8 p.m.


This week's SOCAL CONNECTED also features:


·         Cell Block Cuisine: Women in prison find comfort in cooking for themselves. But when all cooking utensils are banned, they must get creative. Reporter Jennifer Sabih visits a halfway house in Claremont where former female inmates share their inventive workaround, and how it helped them survive prison life and find hope in the future.


·         Apartment for Rent -Pet Required:  At one North Hollywood apartment complex, tenants are evicted if they don't have an animal (Goldfish don't count). Reporter Nick Hardcastle meets the unusual landlord to learn why she only rents to pet owners.


·         Wanted: All Shades of L.A.:  The L.A. Public Library's photo collection is immense. But curators realized the archive was monochromatic. So, they put out a call out to the city's Latino, Asian and African American residents. The results? A fuller and more colorful picture of L.A.'s past as told by KCET's Artbound.


Broadcast Premiere Date: Wednesday, July 2 at 8 p.m.

Repeated: Friday, July 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m.


SOCAL CONNECTED is anchored by 15-time Emmy®-Award winner, Val Zavala. Contributors include science journalist Cara Santa Maria, reporters Derrick Shore and Jennifer Sabih, documentary filmmaker Nic Cha Kim and writer Nick Hardcastle.


The television broadcast executive producer for SOCAL CONNECTED is Val Zavala; digital executive producer is Zach Behrens; and Linda Burns is senior producer.



SOCAL CONNECTED, winner of a Peabody® and two duPont Awards, 20 Emmy® Awards, 24 Golden Mikes, 47 LA Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards, and four regional and one national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including Best News Documentary and Los Angeles Magazine's "Best New Local TV Program" of 2009, airs exclusively on KCET. For more information, to view episodes online or to leave comments, please visit www.socalconnected.orgSOCAL CONNECTED is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.



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