speaking out against violence through education, storytelling and lots of laughter

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With a focus on children and young adults, Karli uses humor, storytelling and audience participation to engage crowds with these challenging topics.
Bullying & Harassment

1 in 4 students report being bullied during the school year. Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online. 64% of children who were bullied did not report it. 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Bullied victims are 7 to 9% more likely to consider suicide.

Dating Violence & Domestic Violence

1 in 3 adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Only 33% of teens who were in a violent relationship ever told anyone about the abuse. 57% of college students say it’s difficult to identify, and 58% say they don’t know how to help someone who’s experiencing it.

Sexual Assault & Sexual Violence

1 in 3 girls, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they reach age 18. 1 in 5 college women are sexually assaulted on college campuses. Every 107 seconds, another American is sexually assaulted. 82% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger. Out of 100 reported rapes, only 3 perpetrators will see jail time.

Crisis & Trauma

26% of children in the U.S. will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn 4. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for adolescents, aged 10-24. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

Meet Karli

Speaker. Educator. Storyteller. Survivor.
"I'm just your everyday victim, sharing everyday stories."

As a nationwide speaker, educator and storyteller on Power-Based-Personal Violence, Karli Johnson not only "knows her stuff", she's lived it. As a survivor of domestic violence, sexual violence, bullying and trauma, Karli's lived experiences resonate with children, teens and adults about the country. With a focus on children, young adults and business training, Karli uses humor and audience participation to engage crowds with these challenging topics. Based out of Chicago, Karli highlights the topics parents, teachers and bosses don't talk about. During her popular "Asking For It" program series she asks, "Why don't we like to talk about things like sexual assault, harassment and domestic violence? Why do we blame victims? Why don't we ask for consent?" Karli helps the audience to address these question and gives them the tools to continue the conversation after she leaves. Her mission is simple: end violence through education, one story at a time.

  • Tedx Talk Speaker

    Karli presented at TedxNIU in April of 2016

  • Podcast Host

    Host of the podcast Asking For It produced by The Captain's Pod

  • Anti-Violence Consultant

    Karli has worked with a number of businesses, schools and organizations as a consultant and trainer on power-based violence.

  • Storyteller

    Karli has been featured in numerous storytelling events in Chicago, such as Do Not Submit and Here, Chicago.

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“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” ― E.B. White

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