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UNC Patriot Bootcamp (Parts 1 & 2):
Part One: http://video.unctv.org/video/2365555552/
Part Two: http://video.unctv.org/video/2365555568/
The 52 Week Love Project – Week 22 Acts of Kindness, Datelicious
Sex assault survivor: ‘Fight like a Taz’, The Daily Advance
How to Heal Yourself with Acts of Kindness, Podcast Interview with Duda
On our Radar: Tiger Eye Sensor, Third Wave Fashion
How to Create Inner Peace, Inspire Me Today
What Doesn’t Kill You Helps You Change the World, Career 2.0
CJ Scarlet: A Device and Mission to Stop Violence Before It Starts, The Story Exchange
Exit Event: “Meet the Woman Behind IoT for Self-Defense”
Make a Connection, CJ’s Battle with PTSD
Interview Topic Ideas:
- Why Love is the answer to the problems humanity is facing.
- The #1 Reason Women Are Targeted by Predators (Hint: you learned it from your mother!)
- Top 10 Tips for Outwitting Predators
- How Predators Select and Groom Their Victims
- How to Avoid Being Victimized by Out-Thinking and Out-Talking Predators
- How to Unleash Your Inner Badass and Fight (Dirty) if You Must (with no martial arts or self-defense training!)
- The 5 Ways Crime Victims Respond During an Assault
- The #1 Date Rape Drug (it’s not what you think!)
- 5 Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators in the Workplace
- Common Rape Myths and Facts
- Thriving After Surviving a Victimization (e.g., sexual assault, military sexual trauma)
- CJ’s personal story of how she survived being raped as a college freshman and U.S. Marine, overcame a “terminal” illness, and went on to become internationally known as an expert in criminal justice and victim advocacy issues.
CJ Scarlet was dying. Years of depression and anxiety from childhood abuse and rape as a teenager resulted in PTSD. By 1990, the dark secrets CJ harbored and the stress they caused led her to develop two life-threatening autoimmune conditions which, in 2002, left her fighting for her life. By 2004, she was told her condition was terminal, and she became so debilitated she had to crawl on her hands and knees to get upstairs, and she couldn’t lift a cup of coffee or hold a hairbrush. She became very deeply depressed and anxious about her impending heart failure.
Then CJ was offered the opportunity to meet privately with a Tibetan Buddhist lama who kindly but sternly commanded her to “stop feeling sorry for herself and start thinking of the happiness of other people.”
Daunted but determined, CJ began performing small acts of kindness—letting the mom with the crying baby go ahead of her in line, giving her cane to a woman who was struggling to walk and volunteering at the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina. These simple, spontaneous acts made her feel a happier, so she did more, and the more she did the better she felt, until she reached a point where her heart was so full it no longer mattered whether she was sick or well, or even living or dying—she was filled with gratitude for each moment. At that point, her condition went into remission! Today, CJ feels better and happier than she ever dreamed possible, and she is thriving both personally and professionally.
An expert in victims’ rights and advocacy, CJ has given speeches and workshops at national and international events; and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including MSNBC and NPR. She is the author of The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators and Neptune’s Gift: Discovering Your Inner Ocean.
The former roller skating carhop, U.S. Marine photojournalist, and forest firefighter holds a B.A. in Political Science from Virginia Wesleyan College, and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis on Human Violence from Old Dominion University.
Named one of the “Happy 100” people on the planet, CJ’s story of triumph over adversity is featured in the bestselling books Happy for No Reason and Be Invincible.
CJ Scarlet knows first-hand how violence can destroy lives. A survivor of childhood molestations and rape as a college freshman, CJ spent years dealing with the emotional aftermath of her experience. Then she took her power back and became an advocate for others who had been victimized.
Today CJ has a clear mission: to help women and girls live safer, more confident lives, backed by the knowledge that they can and must protect themselves. Through her books, video blogs, presentations, and corporate training programs, CJ shares her expertise to empower her “tribe” to take THEIR power back too.
While serving as Director of Victims Issues with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, CJ initiated and co-chaired the implementation of the nation’s first statewide automated victim notification system, selected as the national model, which contacts victims before their perpetrators are released from custody.
An expert in victims’ rights and advocacy, she has given speeches and workshops at national and international events; and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including MSNBC and NPR. She is the author of The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators and Neptune’s Gift: Discovering Your Inner Ocean.
The former U.S. Marine photojournalist and forest firefighter holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis on Human Violence, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University.
Named one of the “Happy 100” people on the planet, CJ’s story is featured in two bestselling books, including Happy for No Reason and Be Invincible.