-Teresa Houk, English,’01
–Johanna Galat, Student-Designed major in WGSX,’12
–Lisa Davidson, TFMS,’12
–Joseph Santangelo, Sociology,’13
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
The personal is political.
Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline Shift Manager at RAINN (Rape, Abuse&Incest National Network)
After graduating SMCM with a BA in History and minor in WGSX, I followed the curiosity sparked by my WGSX courses, my internship at KARAMAH: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights (which I was connected to through a WGSX course at St. Mary’s) and my experience as a member of SMART (Sexual Misconduct Advocacy and Resource Team) to work at RAINN, the largest non-profit sexual assault organization in the US. I’ve worked as a staffer, assistant shift manager and now shift manager at RAINN on their DoD Safe Helpline, which is the US military’s sexual assault hotline. We’ve seen upticks during the #MeToo movement, Trump’s election, the Christine Blasey Ford hearings (and Brett Kavanaugh’s subsequent confirmation) and now the greatest surge during the COVID-19 outbreak and people being quarantined with abusers and losing access to in-person services. My work there has really confirmed that the personal is political and it’s impossible to care for individuals without working to dismantle the systems oppressing them.