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Beverly Gooden

Activist, Author and Advocate for Survivors of Relationship Violence; Creator of the Viral Hashtag #WhyIStayed

In the wake of high-profile domestic violence incidents, Beverly Gooden created the viral hashtag #WhyIStayed and sparked a national conversation about how society views victims and why we all have a role to play in breaking the culture of silence that perpetuates abuse.

Beverly Gooden breaks down the myths and misunderstandings around domestic violence to illuminate the complex reasons why victims stay in abusive relationships and what you can do to help. As the “Me Too” movement has shown, what our society considers acceptable can be changed by the work of many individuals coming together to speak with a unified voice.

Drawing on her own gripping tale of overcoming an abusive relationship, Beverly offers a personal account of how it feels to live in fear and why it’s so difficult for individuals to leave those who exert physical and emotional control over them. 

On stage, Beverly shares stories from her book, Surviving: Why We Stay and How We Leave Abusive Relationships, and she lays the groundwork for critical conversations about the dynamics of abuse while revealing ways that you can help, including the important questions to ask those who you suspect are being abused. Surviving: Why We Stay and How We Leave Abusive Relationships won the 2023 Nautilus Book Award. With unguarded honesty and a palpable passion for changing lives for the better, she empowers audiences to expose their own stories and discover their role in ending domestic violence.

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