'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

, 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

  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

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

is made possible through the generous support of The Ahmanson

Foundation, Chapman University and the MaddocksBrown Foundation.



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