End Rape Culture

Scholarship Entrant: Karen from Crofton, Maryland
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Karen: 77

What I love most is forming connections with other people. After I was raped in high school, I kept the trauma a secret for several months but at the end of the year, I used a project to tell my classmates what happened to me. I had been so afraid to tell everyone but I hoped that being honest might help me move forward. I was overwhelmed by the love and support offered to me by my classmates – even ones I had barely spoken to. The most surprising moment happened at the end of the school day. One of the girls who had been so quiet in my class all year long approached me in the parking lot and told me that she admired my bravery and felt like she could tell her own story after hearing mine. Over the course of the last year, I’ve realized that my openness about my own story has helped change a few people. After graduating with my degree in mass communications, the next step for me is to become a part of the White House task force set up to protect students from sexual assault as a public relations speaker. I will spend the rest of my life focused on forming connections with other rape and sexual assault survivors, trying to end this slut- shaming rape culture that has been created. Women should not spend their lives forever afraid of being one in four.

Vote for Karen: 77

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