What a sad situation.
Talking to Interview Magazine, Rowan Blanchard opened up about her first experience with catcalling at age 12. Obviously, the incident was particularly scarring for Blanchard but thankfully it inspired her to encourage other young women in positive ways.
According to the Girl Meets World star, the scary moment happened while she and a friend were waiting to be picked up at the movies:
“I would always acknowledge├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥personally, not publicly├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥the things that were going on, things that were happening in the world. But I still didn’t make the connection that those things happen to me. I remember I was at a movie with my friend, and we were both in skirts├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥this was two and a half or three years ago├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥we were waiting outside the movies for my dad to pick us up, and this grown man came over and was like, ‘You guys need a ride anywhere?’ I was 12 years old and my friend was 15. And I just remember sitting there feeling my heart sink into my stomach.”
Ugh. How terrifying!
The actress added:
“It was such a surreal moment. Because I always see that happening in front of me; I always see girls getting catcalled. But up until that point, I hadn’t experienced it. And it was like I was out-of-body for a second. I had seen that in movies, on TV, on the news. But when it happens to you, it’s like, ‘Oh, crap, this is real; people look at me this way. And people look at other girls this way.’ I went home that night and didn’t tell anybody. I didn’t tell my parents because I was ashamed that it was what I was wearing. I was like, ‘Gosh, I shouldn’t wear a skirt next time. What am I doing?’ My sister was 10 at the time, and I remember lying in bed and thinking, “I don’t want that to ever happen to her.”
Aw. Rowan is such a protective big sis — how heartwarming.
Despite the horror of what happened, the beauty has turned the awful ordeal into making sure it doesn’t happen to other girls:
“Then, once it happens to you, you see it everywhere. When you’re watching your favorite TV show, you see a joke that maybe would have gone over your head a month ago. You can’t escape it. There’s really nothing you can do except endure it and try and speak out about it. So that’s what I tried to do. Because it started consuming me. And, when girls would come up to me and be like, ‘I watch your show.’ I would think, ‘Has this ever happened to this girl? Of course it’s happened to this girl, because it happens every day.’ And it just started overwhelming me. So I started putting things on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, because I realize that I have a following, and most of the people who watch our show, I would say, are girls. And I didn’t want them ever going through that. I just started doing it because I couldn’t bear it anymore.”
Well, at least the 14-year-old is using her star power to influence society. It’s actually quite admirable!
So, can you relate to Rowan’s experience?
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