What was the main point of your story?
I feel like my main point maybe had more to do with the bystander effect than what had really occurred… We can witness really awful things happening around us, and sometimes we just freeze and don't do anything about it, and that's a really peculiar phenomenon, but also, can make anyone who's the victim of violence...feel really isolated...
In the greater picture of gender-based violence, I think that we're kind of taught to shrug things off a lot and say, ‘Oh, walk it off. It could've been a lot worse.’ It's just the narrative that we're all forced to internalize. And I think it's okay to kind of explore those and to expect a better world, and expect better interactions, and expect to have the right to your body not infringed upon.
Why did you participate in Girl-talk-Girl?
I consider myself an advocate, and I really like finding different ways of being an advocate in different mediums.
Do you feel you contributed something to other young women?
I hope so… Everything we do is political… Even just by being ourselves out in the world, we give permission to other people who look similar and feel similarly, or do similar things, to be themselves as well… So, I hope that my story goes out there, and if somebody has experienced something similar, that there's that piece that either makes it okay for them to raise their voice, or just helps them not feel so isolated. Like, ‘Well, I was a victim of the bystander effect, but I know it wasn't just me. It wasn't this personal thing where nobody wanted to help me. It's just happening.’ So, I hope so.