Karen approaches opportunities for discussion, learning, growth, and understanding with an open mind and a caring heart. She facilitates these opportunities through her writing, public speaking, and podcast. Inclusiveness, partnership, justice, and intellectual curiosity are at the center of her work. Karen is striving towards a world where abuse and exploitation are taboo.
Southern States are conservative. Despite being from the South, I was progressive and open-minded in my thinking. I considered myself savvy, educated and an advocate for peace, fairness and equality. I thought abuse, misuse and exploitation was something that happened to others – not me! But it did happen to me many times, only I made excuses and rationalized the abuse. The psychological battery and bruises had become so familiar I discounted it as normal. I was asleep at the wheel of my life and in denial.
Abuse and the resulting trauma can happen to anyone, regardless of age, gender, beliefs or economic status. We must learn to recognize it along a spectrum from the subtle to the pervasive and insidious – then act to rid our lives of toxic abuse and heal our trauma. Normalizing abuse is no longer an option and Goddess values and other tools can help us do just that. It worked for me and it can work for you, too. Let’s take the steps necessary to eradicate abuse from our lives and society.