Viewport width =
March 26, 2018 | by  | in Opinion VUWSA |
Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter


We had a rally! The “March on Midland” happened last week – there was a lot of chanting, yelling, and swearing as we let out our emotions towards sexual violence (it’s bad!). Huge moment for students, as we saw the rest of New Zealand wake up and listen to us for a hot minute.

But all of this is by-the-by because the takeaway is that I was on the news. And that means I am now a minor celebrity so far as my family is concerned.  

Mixed reviews were in from my 96-year-old granny. She was confused about why we were wearing black and why I had black stripes on my face. This was the stand-out feature for her. But on the plus side for me, she also says she’s never met anyone who organized a rally before. This is big because she’s probably met a lot of people in her 96 years.

News of my celebrity status reached my younger brother in the UK through Snapchat. His friends had snapped videos of me yelling into a megaphone. This was “cool”.

My mum said that she had sent the link of me on the news to all of her friends and our family. She has also been telling acquaintances that I was on the news when she sees them around Christchurch.

My dad sent me a formal email titled “love you”. This is a good way for my dad to express his feelings, and made me quite emotional also. Love you too dad.

No acknowledgement so far from my other sibling in the UK. If there’s no supportive message soon, mum will likely prod them to do so.

I have also been addressed as “superstar” by co-workers.

This is all quite enough spotlight for me. Please help speed my return to anonymity by taking up the collective baton to end sexual violence by speaking up LOUD in your community. I promise that at the very least my family will be proud of you.

But getting serious, contact me at if you’re keen to get involved in the next steps post-rally. It’s not enough to have a rally, get on the news, and call it a day. We’re gonna be working hard to get actual culture change, so that by the time our first years graduate, they’ll be going into workplaces with zero tolerance to sexual assault and harassment. And we’ll be chuffed knowing they’ll be safe.

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestTweet about this on Twitter

About the Author ()

Add Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent posts

  1. Laneway: Luck of the Draw
  2. Cuttin’ it with with Miss June
  3. SWAT
  4. Ravished by the Living Embodiment of All Our University Woes
  5. New Zealand’s First Rainbow Crossing is Here (and Queer)
  6. Chloe Has a Yarn About Mental Health
  7. “Stick with Vic” Makes “Insulting” and “Upsetting” Comments
  8. Presidential Address
  9. Final Review
  10. Tears Fall, and Sea Levels Rise

Editor's Pick

This Ain’t a Scene it’s a Goddamned Arm Wrestle

: Interior – Industrial Soviet Beerhall – Night It was late November and cold as hell when I stumbled into the Zhiguli Beer Hall. I was in Moscow, about to take the trans-Mongolian rail line to Beijing, and after finding someone in my hostel who could speak English, had decided