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 was 19, a freshman in college, when she was raped. After suffering for a decade from the emotional aftermath of her harrowing experience, she became an advocate for other crime survivors, volunteering on rape crisis and domestic violence boards, running a child advocacy center and working as Director of Victims Issues for the NC Attorney General’s Office. In the process, she became an expert on crime victim issues and victim notification technology, speaking at national and international criminal justice conferences. She holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree with an emphasis on human violence.
But the dark secrets CJ held and the stress they caused led her to develop two life-threatening auto-immune conditions that, in 2002, left her fighting for her life. By 2004, she was 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 depressed and anxious about her impending heart failure. Then she was offered the chance to meet privately with a Tibetan Buddhist lama who commanded her to “stop feeling sorry for herself and start thinking of the happiness of other people.”