What I Like to talk About

Criminal justice; victim advocacy; living with a mental illness; self-empowerment/self-defense for women, minorities, LGBTQ; motivational topics such as healing your body and heart through acts of generosity and forgiveness; can talk about how I healed from a terminal illness by performing acts of kindness for others (my story was featured in two bestselling books). Have given speeches at national and international events, and have appeared in national media, including MSNBC and NPR. Former roller skating carhop, forest firefighter and U.S. Marine photojournalist.

My Background

CJ Scarlet knows first-hand how violence can destroy lives. A survivor of sexual assault as a college freshman, CJ spent years dealing with the emotional aftermath of her experience. After taking her power back, she became an advocate for others who had been victimized, running a child advocacy center and serving as Director of Victims Issues for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. 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. CJ holds a B.A. in Political Science, an M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis on human violence, and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies.


• Soroptimist Raleigh (3x) • Lupus Foundation, NC Chapter • Texas CIO Association • SAS • NC VetBiz • Women’s Business Center o Numerous criminal justice and victim advocacy conferences o Numerous networking group events o Numerous spiritual center venues

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Raleigh, North Carolina




I am an expert in criminal justice and victim advocacy, as well as self-empowerment/self-defense for women and girls. I also speak about living and thriving with a mental illness, and can share numerous powerful and even funny stories around this topic. I am the author of The Badass Girl's Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators, and hold a master's degree in human violence.

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