“My greatest scare as a child should have been that I couldn’t memorize my multiplications, but instead I feared his call #MeToo”
"This month is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in planning our events and programs, it’s been brought to my attention the ways in which many people are unaware of what domestic violence looks like in various communities. Domestic violence manifests itself in many different ways, which can make it difficult to spot if you don’t know what signs to look out for."
"If everyone in our society agreed upon a definition of consent, understood why consent is important, and respected others’ boundaries, there would be no need to be wary of what young individuals wear or whether they are capable of getting out of an attack."
"The government was founded to serve, protect, and provide for the people it governs. To me it seems counterintuitive for our government to so explicitly take away the health care that so many Americans desperately need and rightly deserve."
"Although both men and women suffer from domestic violence, 1 in 3 women are victims of violence by their partners. As a means to combat these statistics, the city of Chicago wrote this legislation to train salon professionals on the signs of domestic violence: sprains, injuries, makeup covering bruises, limited/restricted money, etc."
"Experiencing any form of sexual violence, from being stalked to being rape, is so explicitly a breach of one’s safety. It so obviously violates basic and fundamental human rights. Yet, the issue of sexual assault has been quietly and carefully stowed away for decades, silencing those who need us to protect them.
"I often find myself pausing in the middle of a sentence, because for all the words in the English language, nothing seems to fit. No words seem to express the whole of an idea. How can you describe an emotion that throbs through you, constantly shifting and opaque, a feeling that seems to change every time you grasp for it?
"For an international student, education means so much more than going to lecture or doing the assigned reading. Education means a conversation with a random person with a different culture on bruin walk; a time when you finally get an American joke and laugh with it, and the space to talk about sex and consent passionately.
"Throughout my time in BCC and at UCLA, I have become increasingly aware of the various issues that student activists fight for everyday on our campus and it is hard not to think to myself, 'Am I doing enough?'"
"But most importantly, to the survivors, we are sorry that we lost sight of your experiences and have all contributed in the dehumanizing of them. We are sorry that somehow the name 'Piterberg' overshadowed 'Kirsten Glasgow' and 'Nefertiti Takla.' We are sorry that to most of the world, your names will always be attached to your identity as a survivor, when you and all survivors are so much more. We are sorry that we failed you all."