Former Emma Willard student pays for controversial billboards to help spread awareness

March 25, 2018 01:58 PM

Kat Sullivan, a former student at Emma Willard has paid for three billboards, one here in Albany to help warn people of of her rapist, and spread awareness of the Child Victims Act.

"We don't want anyone else to feel this way, we don't want this to happen to anyone else. I'm putting that billboard in a space where you have to see it," said Sullivan, a child sex abuse survivor.


The billboards which read #rapeistoxic may seem shocking to some but, Sullivan says its her chance to spread the word about her rapist and legislation she wants to see passed.

"What"s toxic is the very injury, whats toxic is the sexual assault and to see that is very difficult for people to look at and listen too," said Sullivan.

She says this happened while in private school in Troy. It was at Emma Willard where Sullivan says 20 years ago she was abused and raped by her teacher.

In 2016, Sullivan and Emma Willard came to an agreement and that's where she got the money for the billboards.

One of the three controversial billboards she commissioned is in Albany. The other two billboards are in Massachusetts, where her abuser lived and worked after the rape, and Connecticut, where he currently lives.

"I'm hoping four weeks is enough time to attract additional attention to this issue and put the pressure on the Senate," said Sullivan. 

Pressure on the Sentate and Gov. Cuomo to pass the Child Victims act that would increase the statute of limitations and create a look back window for child victims if passed.

"We can't go back in time, I would like to but we can't so let's use the information to improve things," said Sullivan.


Brooke Selby

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