While the #MeToo movement has made a significant impact in raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment, experts say more needs to be done to empower those most at risk.
“The #MeToo movement helped break down the walls of secrecy and shame that have always existed around the issue of sexual violence,” says psychotherapist Amy Carpenter, author of the bestselling book, Be Strong, Be Wise: The Young Adult’s Guide to Sexual Assault Awareness and Personal Safety. “Since half of all victims are between the ages of 18 and 34, it’s crucial that we carry the movement forward by empowering young men, women and non-binary youth to learn ways of keeping themselves and others safe.”
Carpenter, who has nearly twenty-five years of experience treating sexual assault victims, collaborates with schools and youth organizations to offer a curriculum that teaches young people how to lower their risk of while also building healthy connections with others. Her approach has proven to double awareness scores, meaning participants leave her program with a much clearer sense of how to keep themselves safe.
The drive to make a difference is personal for Amy Carpenter. “As a parent, psychotherapist, and assault survivor, I know all too well the importance of arming our young adults with the knowledge they need to safeguard themselves,” she says.
According to Carpenter, teens are exposed to a staggering amount of explicit content on their computers and smart phones every day – which creates an opportunity for parents and educators. “In my experience, young people are more eager than we think they are to find a safe place where they can process everything,” she says. Because discussing sexual ethics with young people is not easy, Carpenter has identified three primary conversation obstacles and how to overcome them:
1. Be willing to feel uncomfortable. Carpenter teaches that learning to get comfortable with uncomfortable subject matter is the first step to having an effective conversation. “When adults are afraid to talk about something, the fear often causes us to broach the subject from the wrong angle,” she says. “The best way to overcome that fear is to accept that it’s part of the process. If we wait until we’re comfortable, we may never have these important conversations.”
2. Ask better questions. According to Carpenter, asking the right reflective questions helps teens build empathy and awareness when someone they know has been assaulted. “In sorting through the details of harassment or assault, teen groups are often polarized and feel forced to ‘pick a side’ in a bid to maintain their social standing,” Carpenter explains. “To overcome this tendency, instead of asking, ‘What happened and what are people saying about it?’ ask, ‘What would you say or do if someone tried to cross your personal boundaries?’”
3. Get on the same page. “This is a vast subject, and many people struggle with knowing where to begin,” Carpenter says. “Exploring the sexual assault definition (which many young people don’t know) is a great place to start a dialogue.”
Carpenter’s book comes highly recommended for parents and educators who need extra help with those difficult conversations with young people.
“Be Strong, Be Wise is an invaluable resource to help young women and men navigate the complexities of social and sexual situations in order to prevent and protect themselves,” says Dr. Nina Silberman, psychologist and parent. “Amy’s book is written in clear, straightforward language that interweaves real life vignettes, statistical data, concrete strategies, thought-provoking questions, practical guidance, and vital resources that make this book a must-read.”
While awareness of sexual harassment is at an all-time high, there is still a lot of work to be done. About 60% of women polled by Time magazine said that their work environment has not changed since the #MeToo movement, and half of them said that they are no more likely to report sexual harassment now than before. Yet Carpenter is encouraged by the open, honest conversations she has had with young people in classes she has taught. “In many ways, young people are able to hold meaningful conversation on topics adults still struggle with, since they’ve grown up in the digital age. I can see this trend continuing and it gives me hope,” she says. “Young people are advocating for themselves in profoundly personal ways; it’s our job to respond as fully and mindfully as we can.”
Amy Carpenter is a psychotherapist, life coach, and bestselling author with more than twenty-five years of experience in child welfare, youth advocacy, and sexual safety education. She is the bestselling author of Be Strong, Be Wise: The Young Adult’s Guide to Sexual Assault Awareness and Personal Safety and creator of the Be Strong, Be Wise sexual safety education program. Her writings and educational curricula are utilized by schools, youth organizations, and families to empower young people with tools that build confidence and support healthy relationships. She is a speaker, group leader, and co-founder of several community organizations designed to meet the needs of children and families. In 2018, Carpenter was named the Maine Writers and Publisher’s Alliance Ilgenfritz Scholar for writers of non-fiction.
To learn more about books, programs, and other educational resources available from Amy Carpenter, visit bestrongbewise.com.
Certified Financial Planner, Speaker, And Daily Money Manager Teri Rogowski Hits Four Amazon Best Seller Lists with “Peace of Mind for Money Matter$”
“Peace of Mind for Money Matter$” by Teri Rogowski made an impressive entrance on the day of release, landing top spots on Amazon’s Best Seller Lists in the categories of personal budgeting and personal financial management on May 18, 2021.
Certified Financial Planner™, speaker, and daily money manager Teri Rogowski‘s recent release, Peace of Mind for Money Matter$ hit four Amazon best seller lists on May 18, 2021, earning top placement in multiple personal finance categories. The book also garnered number one placement on four new release lists at its debut.
The insights and information in this book are based on true life experiences. Filled with practical, easy-to-understand, actionable steps to understanding personal finance, the book demystifies financial terminology about insurance, banking, and borrowing. It removes the confusion and overwhelm and helps readers create order to what can be money matter chaos.
Due to illness, divorce or other unexpected life events, the responsibility of paying bills and monitoring finances often falls upon a spouse or younger generation. For anyone suddenly been thrust into the role of financial caretaker for a loved one and feeling unprepared to manage these new responsibilities, this book is an essential guide for understanding and navigating this new journey.
Data from the Pew Research Center shows that twelve percent of parents are part of the “sandwich generation.” Many in this generation (typically people in their thirties or forties, responsible for bringing up their own children and for the care of their aging parents) do not live in close proximity and have extraordinary demands of work and childcare. The content of Peace of Mind for Money Matter$ is a must read for members of the sandwich generation, caregivers, those facing a life transition, or seeking a guide for understanding how personal finance works.
In response to the success of the book at its release, Rogowski shared, “I am thrilled to provide this resource to the public. So many people are confused and experience both anxiety and stress tied to managing basic financial matters. Early readers have shared that the information was presented in a way which made it easy to understand and instilled confidence in tackling financial tasks, both for themselves and those who depend on them for help in this area.”
The book is available in both paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
About the Author
Teri Rogowski found her true passion later in life, after spending a quarter of a century providing financial guidance to the clients of a national firm. Determined to create a personalized service especially for women, she founded Day2day Personal Financial, LLC. Since 2017, she has been providing a customized approach designed to help her clients with their daily money management needs. She is part educator, part research pro, part taskmaster, part numbers cruncher and part cheerleader.
To learn more about Teri and her services, visit Day2Day Personal Financial.
Britt Bolnick, Business Mentor and Author, Hits Eight Amazon Best Seller Lists with “The Magick of Bending Time in Your Sacred Business”
“The Magick of Bending Time in Your Sacred Business” by Britt Bolnick made an impressive entrance on the day of release, appearing on eight Amazon Best Seller lists and landing in the number one spot in multiple categories on May 13, 2021.
Britt Bolnick‘s recent release, The Magick of Bending Time in Your Sacred Business Time Management for Freedom-Seeking Entrepreneurial Women and Organizational Skeptics hit eight Amazon best seller lists on May 13, 2021, climbing all the way to number one in Women and business, Time management, and Business mentoring and coaching. The book also appeared on six new release lists and has a strong ranking on Amazon in Canada and the UK.
Time is the most precious resource for anyone who wants to do the work they love. This book is a powerful guide for discovering how to put yourself and your passions front and center when there’s so much to do and the day is spent on other people’s priorities. For women doing work they love (or longing to do that), this book holds keys for creating a schedule that finally reflects what you truly want to be doing with your life and allows you to build your empire without fear of what it will cost you.
In response to the success of the book on launch day, Bolnick shared, “I’m thrilled to get this book into the hands of as many women as possible, the world over. Too many of us shrink ourselves and our potential success and impact because of a fear of what it will cost us, and this book is a clear path and plan to move from fear to empowerment around your time, your wealth, and your work.”
With the recent challenge of COVID, balancing work and family as well as impending return to the workplace for many women post-COVID, understanding how to balance the work we love, the people we care about, and our own self-care without compromise or sacrifice is more important than ever. Now, even more so than before COVID, the subject matter of The Magick of Bending Time in Your Sacred Business is a hot topic and a must read for women regardless of profession or phase of life.
The book is available in both paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon.
About the Author
Britt is owner and founder of In Arms Coaching, the cofounder of Pittie Posse Rescue, and the creatrix of Sacred Structure and the Bending Time tools, which she has polished and perfected over 15 years of using them to raise a child as a solo-parent while building a thriving business, a bad-ass pit bull rescue, and caring for a marauding bunch of derpy pit bulls and humorless chickens at home.
To learn more about Britt Bolnick, visit In Arms Coaching.
5 Personal Finance and Budgeting Books Recommended by Experts
Budgeting books can give you a different perspective on your finances and help you make plans for your money.
The five books below come recommended by certified financial planners. These professionals have taken loads of financial-planning coursework, passed a brutal exam, logged thousands of hours in experience and committed to acting as a fiduciary.
Who better to recommend a budgeting book?
(These CFPs responded by email, and a few answers have been edited for length and clarity.)
‘The One-Page Financial Plan’ by Carl Richards
— Serina Shyu, an Atlanta-based CFP who serves on the board of directors for the Financial Planning Association of Georgia
‘Live Richer Challenge’ by Tiffany Aliche
“This is a great and quick read for those looking to build their financial foundation — including how to budget. The author, Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche, takes a back-to-the-basics approach to budgeting and savings, debt and credit, insurance and investing.
“Those just starting their financial journey will get the most out of this book because it’s an easy read that touches on the key elements of building a solid financial foundation.”
— Brent Weiss, a St. Petersburg, Florida-based CFP and co-founder of Facet Wealth
‘Land of the Fee’ by Devin Fergus
“If you’ve ever wondered why closing costs on a mortgage are so high, or why you get charged twice to pull money from an ATM that doesn’t belong to your bank, or why you get charged an origination fee when you take out a personal loan, read this book.
“Deregulation of the banking systems in the 1980s led to lower consumer protections and gave the financial industry the ability to charge arbitrary fees on their products and services. We tend to get so laser-focused on our own personal finances without questioning how the system has been structured to work against us.
“If it ever feels like your personal finances are always taking one step forward and 10 steps back, learning about how the financial industry is run can help you navigate it and advocate for yourself.”
— Pamela Capalad, a New York-based CFP and founder of Brunch & Budget
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‘Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom’ by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
“Lynnette speaks to the reader from a life-lived experience point of view, and she offers practical steps to help people implement their debt-elimination strategy literally from day one. Lynnette’s story about how she was able to eliminate debt is inspiring to anyone who might feel overwhelmed by debt and need help.
“Even though Lynnette’s book has debt elimination in the title, having that serve as the goal and financial freedom as the why helps people understand the rationale for establishing a budget in the first place.
“Her book is for individuals who are just starting and want to avoid getting in over their heads. It’s also for individuals who find it difficult to plan or break their spending habits.”
— Frank Paré, an Oakland, California-based CFP and founder of PF Wealth Management Group
‘What to Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits’ by Michelle Singletary
“I had the opportunity to tune in for [Singletary’s] book talk and in fact listened to the book with my daughter. I love her clear, concise, actionable advice. It not only helps anyone prepare for a financial crisis, but also develop a plan for a brighter and stronger financial future.”
— Marguerita Cheng, a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based CFP and CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth
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