Riser Spotlight: Meet Abby

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Why do you Rise?
I Rise for the survivors who can't. All humans deserve justice, and sexual assault survivors are no exception.

What has been your experience with Rise so far?
I stumbled onto Rise by accident during a fundraising happy hour. I can say without question that it's changed my life. Standing up for the rights of survivors has helped me heal what, until then, remained an open wound. 

What has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment was standing in front of lawmakers at the Capitol in Albany and urging them to take action to change the protection of rape kits from 30 days to 20 years. Those five minutes were the toughest of my life thus far, but when I learned that the bill had passed, I knew they were worth it. :)

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What do you do when you're not changing the world with Rise?
Write about wellness for Yahoo, work on a comedy pilot about a Supreme Court of all women, and dream of the day we get our first female President. Also, wine. 

What's your next step?
Now that the law is awaiting the Governor's signature in New York, I'm ready to take what I've learned to help empower Risers in other states. It takes guts to stand up for yourself, and it's not a road you need to travel alone.

What does Rise mean to you?
I remember the first night meeting Amanda and Lauren at that happy hour, and at the end of the night Lauren pulled me aside and said that even if I decided not to join Rise, I'd always have a group of people that I could go to who would understand what I'm going through. That's what Rise means to me: a community of understanding, compassion, and unbelievable strength. 

Which Golden Girls do you identify with?
Rose's optimism; Dorothy's grit.

What app do you use on your phone that you're embarrassed to admit?
Kourtney Kardashian's wellness app. 

Who's your activism co-pilot?
My boyfriend. He teaches history at a public school in Manhattan so his whole life is about giving back. It inspires me to do the same. :)