CJ Scarlet knows first-hand how violence can destroy lives. A survivor of childhood sexual assault and rape as a college freshman, CJ spent years dealing with the emotional aftermath. After taking her power back, she became an advocate for others, running a child advocacy center and serving as Director of Victims Issues for the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. CJ, aka the Badass Grandma, is the author of Badass Parenting: An Irreverent Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids, 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 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 Happy for No Reason and Be Invincible. cjscarlet.com.