Nasty Women highlight #MeToo testimonials

Alexandra Scicchitano Contributor

A Nasty Women CT founder, Lucy McLure, said the idea around the Testimonials Project is they want to make the Me Too movement local and there are stories everywhere— especially in communities like New Haven.

“People should feel safe telling their stories,” said McLure, speaking at the Testimonials Project and #MeToo event Nasty Women CT on Thursday.

There will be a finished documentary of their Testimonials Project, which will eventually be shown. They will also be putting up all submissions on their website that they did not use in the video, since they have gotten so many in, said McLure.

Nasty Women CT is a global movement that started in New York and it made waves all around the world, said McLure.

“They want to create an intimate environment to talk about and emphasis the importance of different kinds of movements working against violence against women and girls or gender minorities,” said Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, director of the Women’s Studies program.

“It’s the idea that we’re stronger together and how we’re all able to create some sort of positive change in the world,” said McLure, “we all have that in us. That’s what we’re hoping to do with our work to give people the tools and the confidence to also become an advocate for themselves and for social justice and community building through the arts.”

Rebecca Bergman, a senior and IDS major, said she was always interested with Nasty Women CT, and she likes the sense of community and the artistic collaboration they use.

“I love the concept of being a nasty woman, or a nasty person,” said Bergman.

Nathan Louis, a friend of McLure, who came to the event to show support, said it is good people are encouraged to share their stories, which can also help other people tell their stories.

“I don’t think change happens unless they talk about difficult things,” said Louis.

Emily Merly, a sophomore and English professional writing major, said it brings the conversation about sexual harassment and sexual assault right in people’s faces.

“I think it’s important, not a lot of people bring it to the forefront of conversation,” said Merly, “it’s kind of something that get’s buried and a few people want to talk about it.”

McLure said if the problem of sexual harassment and assault was not that bad, there would not have to be a movement like this going on right now.

Merly said she is glad she came to the event because she learned there are resources to help deal with things like this that are free and helpful.

“I want people to feel that they’re part of this movement,” said McLure, “and that they’re able to do something to change it, that they’re able to create a dialogue to take something with themselves and change something on the way out and that maybe they can their own group, start their own advocacy, or maybe start their own conversation that maybe they wouldn’t have.”

Photo Credit: Jenna Stepleman

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