About Kate: In November 2012, Kate Ranta’s estranged husband, an Air Force Major, appeared at her apartment and shot Kate twice and her father twice in front of her then 4-year-old son. Everyone survived. Her attempted murderer was found guilty in 2017 on all five counts against him and sentenced to 60 years in prison.
Kate now elevates her story for activism and awareness around violence against women–especially the deadly intersection between abuse and guns. She has been a gun violence prevention activist for many years. A public speaker and marketing professional who has appeared in documentary films, national media, and expert panels, she is the author of Killing Kate: A Story of Turning Abuse and Tragedy into Transformation and Triumph.
Tracy and Kate talk about:
- Statistics show that a woman is 500% more likely to die when a gun is present in a domestic violence situation. Do you feel guns make women safer, and how do you respond when asked if you wish you’d had a gun yourself during your shooting?
- Did the fact that your abuser was in the military make him seem more honorable and trustworthy when you met him?
- Did your abuser lie to law enforcement and his defense attorney about his military service to make himself more sympathetic, and did it work?
- Did you experience patriarchy and misogyny when reporting your abuser to his commanders? What were you told after he was investigated internally and found guilty?
About Voices4Change: With the goal of ending intimate partner violence, Tracy’s documentary “Finding Jenn’s Voice” brought to light the horrifying fact that one of the leading causes of death during pregnancy is homicide. Determined to stop the international devastation, the Pennsylvania-based entrepreneur has launched a weekly podcast/video series to shine a light on the survivors and experts worldwide who are working toward the same goal.