AN OPEN LETTER TO ERICA KINSMAN
Taylor Jarman and Taylor Rippy Monson | January 25, 2015
From the bottom of our hearts—congratulations. At last, victory.
Our hearts broke with yours as we watched you tell your story in The Hunting Ground, but today they were overwhelmed with relief, and made a little stronger.
As survivors who did not seek legal action against our perpetrators out of fear and confusion, we found the news today of your settlement incredibly heartening. Your strength in standing your ground has fortified millions of survivors whom your courage serves, ourselves included. So, thank you.
As we’re certain you’re aware, there is still room for justice. We can imagine the settlement and Florida State University’s commitment to a five-year sexual assault awareness and prevention program have brought you peace in the midst of trauma. Perhaps a bitterness still remains in knowing that the full truth has yet to be acknowledged by the university, the police and parts of the general public. Through this possibly bittersweet time, we firmly stand with you.
Your bravery is one that we, as co-founders of Honey, admire deeply. We imagine that the community of survivors you have inspired and empowered throughout your journey to justice is immeasurable. Thank you for continuously showing survivors that silence does not have to be the answer—that silence can be transcended through courage.
Know that we believe (in) you.
Taylor Jarman and Taylor Rippy Monson