Brittany Piper

Brittany Piper overcame one of the most horrific events any of us could imagine: sexual assault. Now as a leading national expert on sexual violence and prevention, and a healing and wellness coach—Brittany uses her story of adversity, resilience and triumph to empower and inspire audiences to take brave action in their own lives and communities.

Topics

▪Addiction ▪Body Image ▪Bystander Intervention
▪First Year Experience ▪Health & Wellness ▪Personal Growth
▪Resilience ▪Sexual Violence Prevention ▪Social Entrepreneurship
▪Stress Management ▪Title IX ▪Women’s Issues & Empowerment

Keynotes

▪Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective
▪From Hardship to Leadership: Transforming Pain into Progress
▪After the Assault: Healing Through Self-Care for Survivors and Their Peers

Workshop

▪Mental, Spiritual and Body Wellness in a Millennial World: Self-care for an Aligned Life

 

 

Brittany Piper overcame one of the most horrific events any of us could imagine: a violent rape. Through intense reflection and the perspective gained from such an experience, Brittany decided she was not satisfied with being just a survivor, she wanted to use her story of trauma to inform, educate, and inspire.

Brittany has mastered the art of turning negatives into positives; her resolve and persistence are clear upon meeting her. She intelligently and acutely explains the importance of addressing the root causes of sexual violence in a way that can be well understood by any audience. Brittany calls out rape culture for what it is and calls upon students to help bring it to its long-overdue end. Her message of personal transformation and empowerment are sure to have a deep impact with all audiences.

“If we can harness our hardships with the intent to grow through what we go through…we can do amazing things.”
– Brittany Piper

Brittany’s Bio

Brittany Piper is a rape survivor, women’s rights scholar, and activist who has traversed the globe in the fight against sexual violence and women’s rights. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Journalism, Brittany holds a degree in Photojournalism, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Professional Women. When she’s not traveling abroad as a social justice photographer and storyteller, Brittany is busy with her philanthropic wedding photography business, Love Conquers, which partners with two nonprofits fighting to end child marriage around the world.

Brittany Piper

A humanitarian to the core, Brittany devotes much of her time to motivational speaking and advocating for sexual violence awareness at colleges and universities. Her ultimate goal is to combine her creative documenting skills with women’s advocacy work. Brittany is already utilizing her crafts in some of the world’s most conflicted countries; she’s determined to pursue ventures that empower women and girls to live healthy and meaningful lives. Brittany will be the first one to tell you—she’s living a brave life, not a safe one.

 

“Brittany is relevant, straightforward and real, and represents herself, her story and her ideas with grace and clarity. Brittany has a strong understanding of sexual violence and rape culture, and speaks from the perspective of a survivor, a peer, and an accomplished world traveler and artist.”

Sarah Diaz

Butler University

“Brittany has an incredible ability to share her experiences and connect with students. Several students commented that they benefited personally from her story, her courage, and her willingness to promote change.”

Laura Smitch

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Sex Crimes Detective

Keynotes

Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective

Brittany Piper was 20 years old when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good samaritan. Now, nearly ten years later, she refuses to keep silent as she gently unravels this sensitive topic with audiences, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of this prevalent issue. As a survivor and women’s studies scholar (focusing on Gender Based Violence, Prevention and Rape Culture), with extensive work in local and international organizations (including Rape Crisis Centers in conflict countries): Brittany is able to use her perspective as a survivor, as well as a trauma and prevention expert, to educate communities and organizations on the many perspectives of sexual violence prevention AND recovery.

Her personal and moving story, blended with a non-judgmental and healthy dialogue about rape, compelling research, and interactive activities, offers a meaningful picture of the realities of the toxic culture in which we live. Brittany reveals how we all participate in rape culture, even from a young age, and helps individuals to understand the role they play in either perpetuating or ending the cycle. Participants leave feeling empowered to not only combat sexual violence in their communities, but to be a pillar of strength for the survivors around them.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • What consent looks like, especially when alcohol and other substances are involved.</li
  • How to address the community’s involvement in rape culture through such concepts as: victim-blaming, rape myths, and more.
  • Ability to identify potentially dangerous situations.
  • Safe and effective ways to directly or indirectly intervene as an active bystander.
  • The physical, mental and emotional impact that sexual violence can have on an individual.
  • How to support peers who have experienced sexual assault.
From Hardship to Leadership: Transforming Pain into Progress

Brittany’s world was turned upside down with the sudden death of her brother. Heartbroken, she surrendered to alcohol dependency. Five years later, she was brutally raped and beaten by a stranger. Again, her pain consumed her, until she hit rock bottom. She had to make a choice: continue on the path of self-destruction or salvage the beauty from her brokenness. She chose the later, picking herself up with resilience and a newfound appreciation for the purpose in her pain. It was then that she found that life’s over-arching mission, to forge connectedness and be of service to others, was far greater than any adversity standing in her way. That’s what fuels her today as a renown social entrepreneur, international photojournalist for women’s crisis centers, rape prevention speaker and wellness coach.

In this session, Brittany will illustrate that when we choose to salvage our suffering through strength and empathy, we can also become a beacon of hope and support for those still lost in the dark. Combining raw and relatable stories, actionable advice, and compelling research, this experience will empower audiences to take brave action in their own lives.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to recognize and challenge the cultural stigmas and misconceptions surrounding mental health, addiction, eating disorders, and the countless other ways that trauma “lives out loud.”</li
  • when acknowledging adversity: shame promotes opposition in our lives, whereas empathy promotes opportunity.
  • our deepest pain can be the seed to our greatest purpose.
  • pain is universal, we have a choice to seek joy and compassion over bitterness and self-pity.
  • the 3-step process to “purposing your pain.”
After the Assault: Healing Through Self-Care for Survivors and Their Peers

Ending sexual assault on college campuses has never been more important. Messaging highlighting primary prevention makes up the majority of programming, and rightfully so. But outside of on-campus resources, how are survivors and their peers who support them being equipped to care for themselves from the inside out? Brittany Piper understands the severity of maintaining a self-care routine from the perspective of a survivor, as well as a supporter who has worked in rape crisis centers around the world. From battling with shame, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and/or Secondary Traumatic Stress, these are the challenges students face after being exposed to trauma. In this interactive program, Brittany will walk students through emotional, mental and body exercises designed to root out the toxins that sexual assault leaves in its wake. In addition, they will receive a self-care workbook, empowering them to support themselves and others in their healing.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to develop a personalized self-care routine that will be beneficial in the recovery process following an assault or secondary exposure to trauma,
  • how to identify and root out blocks that are holding them back from healing,
  • self-care exercises that confront feelings of depression, shame, fear, anxiety, and more,
  • everyday healing routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, and body awareness,
  • how to handle triggering events or situations in a healthy way,
  • how to navigate relationships following an assault or secondary exposure to trauma,
  • how to build confidence and self-worth,
  • breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and self-love

Workshop

Mental, Spiritual and Body Wellness in a Millennial World: Self-care for an Aligned Life

webResized-(10-of-11)Brittany knows from first-hand experience the havoc that college life can inflict on student wellness. She vividly remembers the all-nighters, pumped up on stimulant medication and Red Bull. The skipping meals because she was either “too busy to eat” or trying to maintain a body image that was unrealistic. She remembers the alcohol abuse, the lack of self-worth, the constant comparison to others, and the regular around-the-clock routine of pretending to have a “perfect life.” Brittany knows what it is like to have the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and trying to manage those things with medications.

Unfortunately, the reality is that there is an increase in suicide, eating disorders and alcohol abuse on college campuses while students struggle to find a healthy balance between school, work and their lives in general.

Brittany is now in a place where she feels rooted in peace and acceptance. She appreciates and loves her body and is finally in-tune with her physical, mental and emotional health. She’s created a life that she is in love with and she always makes her self-work take priority over other work.

In this workshop-style program, Brittany shares with students the ways they can focus on bringing wellness to their mind, body, and spirit. She believes that the way to long-lasting wellness includes all three branches in unison. With a combination of mental health and body awareness, spiritual coaching and yoga, Brittany will guide students through an introspective lens where they can dive deep into: body alignment, personal power, vision, boundaries, gratitude, self-talk, slowing down, unplugging, practicing presence and mindfulness, the relationship between mood and food, and more.

In this space, students will be provided with supplemental journal materials that are customized around these self-care exercises, which will be practiced during the program and can be used afterward as students begin to develop their own self-care routine.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to position themselves for a present and aligned life – mentally, spiritually and physically,
  • self-care exercises to use to confront feelings of depression, stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, and self-doubt,
  • everyday routines that allow space for mindfulness, gratitude, self-affirmation, body awareness, boundaries and unplugging,
  • ways they can nourish their bodies with foods that fuel them, rather than work against them, including a meal guide with nutrient-dense recipes,
  • how to build confidence and self-worth and how not to fall victim to society’s ideals of beauty, and
  • breathing and yoga exercises that grant space for introspective communication, connection and love.