Founder & President
How did you come to PARC?
I created PARC in the wake of the Steubenville rape crisis when I identified the urgent need for a group that could create widespread change around rape culture.
What do you spend most of your time doing for PARC?
Everything. :) We all wear many hats as we work together to make sure all the tasks get done each week. A typical week for me involves writing about the issues around sexual violence and rape culture, engaging our fans online and on social media, raising awareness and finding new members, identifying and planning education programs, organizing people, and doing all the other behind the scenes work to ensure we are established with a solid foundation to realize our vision.
What do you enjoy doing most at/with PARC?
My absolute favorite part is spending time with this amazing group of people. No matter how tough a day I might be having, when we all meet I am reinvigorated and inspired. A close second is facilitating education programs. The moment when you see a lightbulb go off for a learner is like nothing else.
What do you do outside of PARC? (In terms of employment, other interests/volunteerism, etc.)
I’m an educator. I facilitate interactive comprehensive sexuality education programs, and I also teach theater. I am the parent to two wonderful kids along with fabulous partner, who is also an educator.
There are so many worthwhile organizations to which you can devote your time and energy; why did you choose PARC?
As a social justice activist, a feminist and a sociologist, I have a deep desire to create a more just, inclusive culture for all people. As a parent and sexual health educator, I see very clearly the many ways in which our social issues around sex, gender, identity, and equality intersect and affect each other. For example, we don’t provide nearly enough medically-accurate, positive education to our children and youth around sexuality and sexual health - leaving them woefully unprepared to navigate healthy romantic and sexual relationships. For me, PARC is a way to address these issues using a multifaceted, widespread approach.
What would you like to see develop for PARC in the next year?
I want to see PARC’s education programs increase dramatically, and see our excellent original content posts gain widespread attention to help raise awareness around the critical issues surrounding rape culture.
In your eyes, who is the biggest hero in the fight against rape culture these days?
#YesALLWomen. Women (and men) who are pushing back, questioning stereotypes and typical behaviors, and thus creating change.
You can have any 3 people sit on a PARC hosted panel on rape culture. Who are they and what snack/drink do they bring? PARC is after all pretty serious about our refreshments :)
Jackson Katz - Salami, of course
Michelle Obama - fresh salad from her garden
What’s one of your favorite sources of hope/joy/inspiration/commentary when it comes to thinking about the issues PARC cares about?
FORCE’s playboy hack
Coffee or tea? Pulp or no pulp?
Coffee, lots of pulp (but in juice, not my coffee TYVM).
What’s a thing that everyone loves but you (hate/don’t love)?
Eating lamb or veal, Pharrell
Favorite time of day and what are you doing then?
Whenever I can steal a few minutes to sit and read for pleasure, usually bedtime.
Do you have any Pets Against Rape Culture? Pics or it’s not true…
Stella & Jynx are definitely Pets Against Rape Culture, but in typical cat-style they defy picture-taking with signs. I'll keep trying, and post as soon as I get one.