Meet an SMA: Lauren Bittrich ’16

seniorpic7-1The Thrill spotlights an SMA regularly to raise awareness about the resources available to victims of sexual assault. Remember, the SMAs are subordinate to the Counseling Center, so anything you tell them is kept confidential. They also have an anonymous hotline you can call if you need assistance: 740-358-1544. Stay safe this weekend, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help.Today, we’re featuring Lauren Bittrich, a sophomore from Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Cookie pie or giant cookie? Both! What kind of question is this?

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had (excluding cookie pie and/or giant cookie)? Lobster and steamers. I eat seafood like it’s my part-time job, which is awful because animal rights but fantastic because they’re so delicious.

What’s the last good book you read? Selected Stories from Alice Munro’s work, her 2012 publication. She’s this little old Canadian woman who just casually won the Nobel Literature Prize this past year. If you ever want to give yourself a headache go look at her revision process for her short work — pretty phenomenal. She’s great.

Why do you love your hometown? It’s full of history. I’m from Duxbury, Massachusetts which is where the pilgrims actually first landed. Before they got to Plymouth they landed on our Clark’s Island, but we don’t get any credit! Plymouth gets a huge shrine over a random off-shore rock, though. We’re only a little bit bitter.

What is your favorite place to nap on campus? KAC couches for sure.

What movie have you watched most frequently and why? I’m a huge Beatles fan, so when Across the Universe came out I had to have watched it at least a dozen times in one week. Beatlemania is still alive, people!

Why did you become an SMA? College campuses are really dangerous places sometimes, and even the safest people can become targets for abuse. I wanted to be a Sexual Misconduct Advisor because I knew too many people who feel like for some reason they ‘deserved it’ by being drunk, flirtatious, or not forceful enough with their intentions, and as a result feel like the feelings they may be experiencing are somehow not valid. That is not true – Sexual Misconduct Advisors will never force you to press charges or release the name of your attacker, we’re available to listen and help you sort through your incident. You’re not alone!

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