CJ Scarlet, aka the "Badass Grandma," knows first-hand how violence can destroy lives. A survivor of childhood molestations and sexual assault as a college freshman, CJ spent years dealing with the emotional aftermath of her experiences. After taking her power back, she became an advocate for others who had been victimized, running a child advocacy center for abused children and serving as Director of Victims Issues for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office.
While with the Attorney General’s Office, CJ initiated and co-chaired an inter-disciplinary commission which designed the nation’s first statewide automated victim notification system that notifies crime victims before their perpetrators are released from custody. This system was selected as the national model by the U.S. Department of Justice and won several awards.
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 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 and 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.