Kat Ebert is from Haslett, MI and is currently attending Michigan State University studying Neuroscience with a Pharmacology and Toxicology minor. She plans on attending graduate school to receive a PhD in Neuropsychopharmacology and research psychedelic medicine for mental illnesses such as PTSD, anxiety, and depression.
What has been integral to your personal healing?
It’s been difficult for me to heal while attending the university that failed me. Personally, I feel as though I can’t heal until I create positive change. I’ve been very active on campus, working to change the campus environment from one that promotes toxic masculinity and rape culture, to one that supports and believes survivors. Knowing that I’m helping other survivors is what heals me the most.
What’s one way someone can be a better ally to survivors of sexual abuse?
Believe them. We need to support and believe survivors. It’s already difficult enough to come forward and share your story of abuse. If someone comes forward and shares their story with you, just listen. Provide them with resources and options, and remember that they are struggling.
How do you remain positive in challenging times?
When things get difficult, I remember how far I’ve come on this journey. I look to my friends, family, and sisters for support, and remember that I have created positive change. Knowing that I’ve made a difference is very comforting. It makes me hopeful for the future.