Speak up. It matters.

This is an email I received from a student last night. I have been terrified to “go public” with my story for many reasons, one of which is that several administrators at the college where I teach do not support me. I was also afraid of the reaction I’d receive from my students. But this email assuaged my fears and has given me the strength to keep moving forward in my fight. Her words proved to me how critical it is to speak out.

Thank you, K-. It was an honor to have you in my class, to watch you bloom, and to hear you find your voice.  And thanks for sending the essay! We will keep in touch, and you will forever be in my heart. 

Thank you

K- G-
10:14 PM (12 hours ago)

to me

Ms. C,

I hope that all is well and that you and your family are happy, healthy, and anticipating the holiday!

I would like to take some time to thank you for a wonderful semester, for being a wonderful professor, and for filling me, as well as many others with inspiration.

First and foremost, this semester was amazing but it would not have been such without a professor as fantastic as you. I was truly worried about going into this 102 course because of rumors I had heard about some professors and their activism, but to my happy surprise I now get to spread joy and truth! The course was nothing like I was expecting it to be on any level. The course content was truly amazing in that it was not focused on just suffrage and misery like I had heard it would be, but rather about both suffrage and relief. This course taught me a lot about myself, how I view the world, and even how I handle my finances. You helped me to be comfortable speaking my mind and truths in a 4 page paper when I have been so uncomfortable facing reality in front of a mirror on a daily basis! You brought a passion into the classroom that I have not seen from any of my professors thus far and it is inspirational.

This leads to my next thank you. Unfortunately, I can relate to the pain that you have gone through so I know just how hard it is to stand before so many people and continuously tell your story. You are a very, very brave woman to be taking a stand so big. I believe that sexual abuse and harassment comes in many forms and revenge porn is one of them. I have been doing a lot of research on the bill you have been trying to pass, your story, and the realities of the matter and I must say that I am touched to say the least. You are standing up for women everywhere when they are too afraid to do so themselves, and that takes a lot of courage. From the time that I spent with you in the classroom, I know in my heart that you are a wonderful person, a loving and devoted mother, and most importantly a courageous soul. Never would I have guessed that someone with those qualities and a personality like yours, that something so horrendous would happen to them. I want to thank you for being the voice for those too afraid to speak up, for reaching out your hand to pull women out of their situations through the law, and for not taking YOUR life in the midst of the pain. Instead of taking your life, you are now giving your life to help the millions in Maryland, other states, and hopefully the world who are being attacked. Every time I read an article or see a video about you, I smile and cheer you on as progress is made. Ms. C, I want you to know that you have my support 100% if not more in your endeavor. Because of you, I am brave enough to take a stand as well. I will do all that I can to help raise awareness and bring on the support!!!

I wish you the best of luck and I hope that we can keep in touch. 🙂

Best wishes,

K- G-

P.S. I also attached my research essay that you asked for.

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1 Comment

  1. Thank you for sharing this. Teaching is challenging, but it’s when we get feedback like the one you’ve shared we realize it’s totally worth it.



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