Telling someone for the first time was the best thing I could do for myself.
It opened the door to a community of support that helped me to feel safe so that I did not feel alone with the thoughts that I was having. As I am a sociable person, I was lucky enough to have many people that were there for me.
But I was thinking, what if this happens to someone that is not as sociable or has no one to turn to?
I wanted to help create supports at my school like the supports that were there for me.
I got into activism on my university campus around sexual assault. I started by speaking to the president of our marketing association, and within a week she had a team together for me.
As word of our efforts spread, more students wanted to be involved.
We gathered feedback from students to see what they knew about sexual assault, and if they would know what to do if it happened to them or someone else. Then we took steps to apply the ideas that came out of that with the school.
We are in the process of creating online and in person campus resources for students to turn to, giving students ways to disclose and get support anonymously if they want.
I was brought up to fight for what I believe in. So when I knew that what happened to me was not right, I had to do something.
This is my version of a baseball bat to that guy’s face.
This is my form of justice.