ADVOCATE for women and girls
Journalist. Advocate. Friend. Voice.
By Cheryl Smith
Her website says it all: “Empowering women and girls to speak up.”
A native of Houston, Texas, this Baylor University graduate who also attended Smith College is speaking up and out about violence against females.
Sure, she acknowledges that there are cases where males are being abused and that would be a great cause for someone to embrace.
Ms. Carey, however, says she is clear about the cause she chose to champion and that is where she will focus her attention and resources.
Sometimes when a person embraces a cause, they have personal experience or they are close to someone who is impacted.
Ms. Carey neither grew up in a home plagued by domestic violence, nor has she been the victim of a rape or other violent assault.
But that does not stop her from caring and using her platform to call attention to the many silent voices who, for numerous reasons, will never share their stories.
Currently serving as a weekday anchor for HLN, Ms. Carey also hosts “What Matters,” weekly segments on HLN and CNN.
On “What Matters,” she is able to “spotlight the top issues and concerns facing the African American community.”
If anyone thinks domestic violence and sexual abuse are not two issues that are of concern and interest African American communities, they are sadly mistaken.
“I’m an advocate for teen girls and women,” she said during a recent interview. “We need to call attention to the pain and suffering that is occurring. We need to say it’s not okay to abuse us.”
When she’s not working, the popular speaker is involved as a board member of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Then there’s also the organization, Men Stopping Violence, where she is making a difference. As the vice president of the board, Ms. Carey is very active, even sitting in on sessions with men.
“A lot of what we do is about working with men who have never been abusers,” she explained, adding that the men are encouraged to hold other men accountable.
Ms. Carey believes that it is important for men to tell the men they come into contact that it is unacceptable to hit, rape or mistreat women verbally, emotionally or physically.
Not speaking out only exacerbates a situation and Ms. Carey acknowledged that many people don’t like to discuss violence against women.
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