My name is Keri Potts, the President and Founder of A Fight Back Woman, Inc. I am an award-winning communications professional with 19 years of experience working for multinational companies. I attended Syracuse University on a full academic and athletic scholarship (volleyball) and earned my B.S. (journalism) and M.S. (public relations) from the Newhouse School of Public Communications in four years.
In November 2008, I survived an assault and attempted rape by an Italian citizen in Rome, Italy. My story was published in the December 2010 issue of Marie Claire, followed by an interview with USA Today. Both articles outlined my assault and how I pressed charges internationally (my attacker pled guilty). It was a tough two years of my life trying to understand the Italian justice system and criminal court. It is the hardest I have ever fought for myself, and in some ways, continue to fight. I vowed to ‘be the change’.
I launched afightbackwoman.com in November 2010 to chronicle my assault, the criminal case, and my recovery, to remove the fear of overseas prosecution of sexual assault. In October 2012, I became a state certified rape crisis counselor/victims advocate for the State of Connecticut and a speaker for the Rape, Assault, Incest National Network (RAINN) Speakers Bureau.
In October of 2014, I became a volunteer rape crisis counselor in Atlanta serving at Grady Memorial Hospital, and now, Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center. In October of 2017, I joined the board of Pathways to Safety International – the only US-based organization to provide comprehensive services to Americans sexually assaulted or abused abroad. In April 2018, I was named Vice President of the Pathways Board.
I have spoken around the country on a variety of topics in and around sexual violence, healthy relationships and female empowerment, relying on my professional skill and my personal passion to educate others, change perceptions in a positive way and engender understanding.
I hope you’ve come here looking for information and assistance in the areas of sexual and interpersonal violence in whatever way it has affected you, your business or your organization. I am ready to help you.