Founder of the #WhyIStayed movement rises up at Penn State Berks

Beverly Gooden headshot

Beverly Gooden

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Survivor Beverly Gooden, best known for creating the domestic violence survivor-led movement “Why I Stayed,” will give a virtual presentation as part of the Penn State Berks Arts and Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. This event is free and open to the public. To watch the webinar, Login into Zoom Webinar:

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#WhyIStayed was named by Time magazine as one of the “Top 8 Hashtags That Changed the World,” according to CNN affiliate, HLN. In the wake of several high-profile domestic violence incidents, Gooden sparked a national conversation about how society views victims, while calling for a community response to this important social issue. 

Drawing on her own gripping tale of overcoming an abusive relationship, Gooden shares 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. She lays the foundation for critical conversations about the dynamics of abusive relationships, while revealing ways others can help. With unguarded honesty and palpable passion for changing lives for the better, she empowers audiences to expose their role in ending domestic violence. 

For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.