Violence Affects Everyone, Everywhere
This year, over 1.2 million Americans will be the victims of violent crimes. More than 20 million people are currently being trafficked worldwide, the majority of them women and children. In the first 12 weeks of the fall semester, a time referred to as the “Red Zone,” over 300,000 college students will be sexually assaulted, most of them freshmen.
These statistics are unacceptable and CJ Scarlet has dedicated her life and career to doing something about it.
About CJ Scarlet
CJ Scarlet was 19, a freshman in college, when she was raped by a sheriff’s deputy she had just started dating. In 1980 there was no word for date rape, so she blamed herself for “tempting him” by entering his apartment. Four months later, CJ was sexually assaulted by her Marine Corps recruiter, who took advantage of his position of authority.
For a decade CJ grappled with the trauma of these events. She had already survived childhood sexual abuse, so these latest assaults manifested an even deeper level of shame and self-loathing. She came to accept that she must have a big “V” tattooed on her forehead that announced to every predator within a mile that she was an ideal victim.
Eventually, CJ found healing through therapy and self-help books, and somewhere along the way she came to love and forgive herself and her assailants. But the real turning point came when she grew tired of the trauma owning her life.