Brooke Axtell is the founder of Survivor Healing and Empowerment (S.H.E.), a healing community for survivors of rape, abuse and sex trafficking. As an advocate, Brooke mentors women and girls who have experienced violence and exploitation to help them become leaders in their community.
She served as Contributing Writer for Forbes for two years and recently joined the Huffington Post to cover international human rights issues, healing through creative expression, women’s leadership and gender equality. She is also a Contributing Editor for The Feminist Wire.
Her powerful speech on domestic violence at the 2015 Grammy Awards reached over 25 million people. She has spoken at The United Nations and the U.S. Institute for Peace.
She continues to speak on human rights issues around the world. She recently gave a keynote address to world leaders at the Asian Parliamentarians Population and Development Conference in Bangkok (sponsored by The United Nations) where she shared strategies for ending gender based violence through Survivor Leadership to members of parliament from over 30 Asia-Pacific Countries.
Her commitment to international women’s rights issues has led her to serve on The Gender Equality Impact Panel for Katerva, a community that identifies and funds the world’s leading sustainability initiatives. She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (R.A.I.N.N.), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the U.S. Brooke also serves as a consultant for Thorn (Digital Defenders of Children) founded by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher.
Her work as a writer, speaker, performing artist and activist has been featured in many media outlets, including the New York Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Steve Harvey Show. Brooke has published several award-winning poetry books and released three CDs of original music to critical acclaim.
Breaking Free from Economic Abuse: How Women are Reclaiming Their Financial Freedom
The Language of Rape Matters
What is a Woman Worth?
Own Your Expertise and Release Your Inner Media Maven
Disappearing Rape Kits and the Betrayal of American Women
Women in a War Zone: Republicans Betray Survivors of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence
Black Women, Sexual Assault and the Art of Resistance
Black Legislator Targeted by KKK Now Runs for Senate
Feminism in Kenya: A New Narrative