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 trauma trained practioner—Brittany uses her story of adversity, resilience and triumph to empower and inspire audiences to take brave action in their own lives and communities.


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


Brittany Piper, teaching how to harness our hardship and grow.

Getting to know

Brittany Piper

Brittany Piper is an speaker, trauma trained practitioner — cultivating 400+ programs spanning 10 years and 3 continents. Her work has been recognized by The United States Army, the Laura Bush Institute of Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, Elite Daily + more. She is a rape survivor and leading national expert and advocate on sexual violence prevention and recovery—speaking to tens of thousands of audience members each year. She is also a forensic neurobiology expert— conducting dozens of trauma-informed trainings and programs with the United States Army and Sex Crimes Detectives annually. Lastly, she is trauma trained practitioner—empowering survivors to heal their past, so they can thrive in the present.

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


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Here is the difference between shutdown, freeze, and functional freeze—

Today we are diving into the upgraded science of Polyvagal Theory, which illuminates the three states of our nervous system akin to a ladder with distinct sections and a hierarchy. 

According to this updated research on our nervous system: The top state is called the ventral state, which is a safe and connected state. The middle state is our sympathetic fight or flight response, while the bottom state is the parasympathetic state of shutdown.

As I’ve described the 3 different kinds of the “freeze” response, let me know how these insights resonate with you in the comments below!

Ready to learn more? Join me in The Body First Healing Program today!
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, especially when trauma is involved. Intergenerational trauma provides that the trauma of our ancestors is our scar to bear as well. A vast collection of research has uncovered that we inherit legacies of survival from our ancestors, encoded in everything from gene expression and hormones to everyday language, impulse, and behavior, all of which contribute to our overall mental, emotional, and physical health.

​Slavery, war, genocide, colonization, immigration, family secrets or shame, an epidemic, the Depression—these historical moments in our lineage create generational patterns passed down or transmitted through DNA and ancestral belief systems up to three, or perhaps even more, generations.
Also commonly referred to as “epigenetics,” studies show us that our genetics in heritage and our unique nervous systems are particularly shaped by the experience of our ancestors who came before us. In other words, alterations in our epigenetics can be passed down from one generation to another, effectively giving parents a way to prime their children for a particular environment or threat—known as “transgenerational genetic inheritance.” 

Generational trauma runs deep in families, passed down from one generation to the next. Most of us try to avoid it, burying the pain beneath layers of silence and denial. 

But avoiding it only prolongs the suffering.

The thing is, the pain never really goes away. It lingers, simmering beneath the surface, affecting our relationships and our mental health without us even realizing it. And eventually, someone has to face it head-on.

It takes a lot of courage to confront the ghosts of the past, to acknowledge the pain. But when someone finally does, it’s like a weight has been lifted. Because healing isn’t just about “fixing” ourselves—it’s about breaking the cycle so that future generations don’t have to carry the same burden. So here’s to the brave souls who are willing to do the hard work of healing, for themselves and for all those who come after them. 

Sending love to all the cycle breakers out there❤️❤️
When we face experiences that feel like too much, too soon, or too fast to cope with—through good intention, our nervous system employs survival responses that often disconnect us from ourselves. It’s brilliant really. To manage the overwhelm, our body and brain work in tandem to instinctually remove us from the situation.

But what’s meant to be a temporary solution, often becomes the norm and nearly permanent—as suppression and avoidance takes over. When detached from what doesn’t feel good (the grief, the pain, the fear, the anger), we also become separated from what DOES feel good (the joy, the vitality, the hope, the courage, the compassion).

In addition, what provides the greatest healing is found within us. Somatic healing (a naturalist and body-centered approach to trauma recovery) aims to pivot us back toward ourselves, where we can reconnect to our innate capacity and instinctual resources for self-healing.

So if trauma is ultimately disconnection from Self, healing then is the journey home to Self.

Why is this important?

What we often fail to realize is that avoiding what’s difficult isn’t the same thing as processing. And what isn’t allowed to be safely felt will only fester within the body and mind—creating chronic symptoms that present themselves mentally, emotionally and physically. 

So instead of suppressing our own suffering, or seeking external quick fixes, we should aim to gently lead ourselves back home. Back to the resilience intricately hardwired into our biology.

Nervous system and somatic healing is an adopted lifestyle, a way of being and existing, and connecting back to our nature—the one we’ve become so detached from. It’s not a quick fix, a last resort or a hack. The goal is not to make what’s hard go away, but to harness greater tools and capacity within your nervous system to withstand the emotional and somatic impacts of your trauma. This work, for those ready to turn inward, is a manual back to the Self. 

Take this as a gentle encouragement to end the vicious war and resistance you’ve had against your body’s profound wisdom and healing. It’s time to return home.
The nervous system speaks to us through the body, more specifically through our muscles, fascia, viscera, impulse and expression. Through somatic (body-oriented) practices, we can begin to shift our physiology.

And yes, this is backed by science. For example, studies on the ‘Superman Pose’ highlight its influence on our physiology. Adopting this confident, power-driven stance can shift the nervous system into a more regulated state, enhancing cognitive function.

It turns out, our posture is a strong indicator of our nervous system’s state. Posture not only reflects our emotional and mental state, but it also influences it.

A collapsed, withdrawn posture – indicative of a shutdown or dorsal state – is often associated with feelings of depression, burnout, and chronic fatigue. This is where emotions like shame, sadness, grief, and hopelessness tend to reside. Conversely, a rigid or lifted posture reflects a fight or flight response, signaling self-confidence, self-protection, play and excitement.

By gently guiding our body into these postures, we can significantly support our nervous system health, helping us to begin the journey of overcoming shame, procrastination, brain fog, and dissociation.

Give this posture rebound exercise a try as you begin promote a physiological and somatic sense of power and vitality. This is especially supportive in moving out of cycles of toxic shame, freeze and shutdown. Let me know how it lands in your system below!
Are you struggling to break free from the relentless cycle of rumination? Do you experience nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic memories? 

There’s hope.

Trauma can lock our nervous system in survival mode, but there’s a way out. Watch here as I explore a powerful tool created by Dr. Peter Levine: the T model. 

Ready to learn more about transformative tools like the T model? Follow for more healing inspiration or join me in the Body-First Healing Program.😊
Did you know that your posture can reveal a lot about your past experiences?

Our bodies have a way of storing trauma and emotions, leading to chronic states of survival within our physiology.

As a somatic experiencing practitioner, I help my clients process and release the stuck energy in their bodies. help clients be with their bodies. In this video, I break down the nervous system states that impact your posture and how they manifest. Watch now to learn more about the powerful connection between our history and our posture.

Let me know in the comments: what does your posture tell you about your history? What might still need to be expressed?
In a world that glorifies hustle culture, we expect ourselves to be like machines. But we’re human beings, wired to need breaks. It’s not something that has to be earned; it’s a fundamental aspect of our biology. Rest shouldn’t be treated as a reward; it should be a routine, a non-negotiable part of our lives.

Ignoring the need for rest comes with consequences. Our bodies and minds will eventually demand it, whether we like it or not. That little voice inside might try to convince us otherwise – telling us lies that prevent us from taking time for ourselves. But here’s the truth: You’re only your best when you’re connected to yourself.

When we slow down and quiet the noise of the world, our own voice becomes louder. So, let’s prioritize ourselves. Let’s make rest a part of our routine, not just something we do when we’re burnt out. Because in the end, taking care of ourselves isn’t selfish – it’s necessary for our well-being💛 How do YOU find rest? Let me know in the comments!
Chronic illness and anger suppression are often interlinked. Here’s why. People who struggle with chronic survival mode often have suppressed anger, particularly healthy aggression, which stems from their childhood or developmental years. It’s important to understand that healthy aggression and its expression from a young age are essential to our overall well-being. This is another testament to the importance of FEELING.

What’s your experience like with healthy aggression and power? Let’s chat about it in the comments!! 

PS: sneak peek…..there’s an ENTIRE CHAPTER on creating capacity for healthy aggression and power in my up and coming book, Body-First Healing

If you’re ready to join a beautiful community of resilient survivors and allies who will support your healing, join the monthly Healing Hub membership or trauma recovery program today.

Do you have a hard time expressing healthy anger?
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Brittany is an excellent speaker who brought calm, empowering energy to a sensitive topic. Her presentation was crafted with tremendous intentionality to effectively communicate important concepts on empathy, the power of story, and the value of being change-makers in an evolving culture. Brittany brings her full self to her work and her authenticity shines, no matter the size of her audience.

— Sherenne DeLong

Coordinator of DEI Events, Northern Virginia Community College

Brittany is absolutely amazing. We had her last year for the first time and I have never sat through a program with 700+ freshmen who were attentive and actually impacted by the presentation. Our students did not stop talking about the presentation for some time. Our student leaders were in awe. Brittany has been amazing and our students really gravitate towards her. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is without a doubt the best speaker we have ever brought in. She is the type of person the world needs more of.

— Alyssa Caliguri

Assistant Director for First Year Student Success, Western New England University

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 Piper is a dynamic and charismatic speaker who commands the room in an effortless way. Her story is poignant and inspiring to all those in attendance. Attendees leave the room better off having had the privilege of listening to her!

— Marcus Foster

Title IX Coordinator, SUNY Geneseo

We can not say enough good things about Brittany’s talk. We are still talking about it days later. It was beyond perfect. We were so impressed with her ability to tie so much important information in to your talk. We are so glad to have heard about Brittany and would not hesitate to tell many others how amazing she is!

— Katie Kitschke

Executive Director, SAFFRON Centre

Brittany was incredible for us. A very brave woman who delivers her message very clearly while creating a safe and supportive environment for all. The perspective she brings paired with the facts, statistics, and her personal experience make for a very eye opening event. You definitely walk away feeling supported, challenged, empowered, and with new information that you didn’t have before. Highly recommend Brittany Piper!

— Jen Muston

Director of Student Activities, York College of Pennsylvania

Thank you to Brittany. We have continue to bring her back as a part of our orientation program. She has a strong message, delivers it in the right way and is open to connecting with our students.

— Eva Robbins

Keuka College

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

Sex Crimes Detective, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department


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.
  • 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.
The Heart of Resilience & Recovery

Brittany Piper intimately understands the road to recovery from the perspective of a trauma survivor, as well as a Somatic Healing Practitioner who’s worked in rape crisis and trauma centers around the world. In both her personal life and in the communities she serves, she bares witness every day to the devastation that trauma can leave in its wake: shame, depression, addiction, anxiety, PTSD, suicidality, eating disorders, Secondary Trauma, and more. But even greater, she’s also walked the profound path to resilience and recovery and guided thousands on the same journey.

Today, with over 70% of us experiencing trauma at some point in our lives, most of us could be up against these battles. This makes the mission of trauma informed education and healing crucial for everyone, survivors and allies alike.

In this interactive program, Brittany will inform, inspire, and walk students through the scientifically proven methods and practices designed to heal the effects that trauma leaves on the brain and body. From military bases to conflict countries, to workplaces and college campuses—Brittany’s educational and hands-on program has transformed and empowered the lives of countless audiences. And now, she’s ready to share her heart and knowledge with yours.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • How to develop a personalized routine that will be beneficial in the recovery process following trauma,
  • Somatic practices that get the body and nervous system UNSTUCK from states of survival (fight, flight, freeze) and into regulation (rest & digest),
  • The science of trauma: how it impacts the brain, emotions, nervous system and body,
  • Exercises that confront feelings of depression, shame, fear, anxiety, and more,
  • Everyday healing practices 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,
  • How to support survivors in their recoveries,
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 latter, picking herself up with resilience and a newfound appreciation for the purpose in her pain. It was then that she found that life’s overarching 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.”
  • 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


The following are past entries Brittany has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

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