Content warning: Sexual assault 

Just after the world was consumed by COVID-19, I became involved in a social media awareness campaign focused on bringing much-needed attention to the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault that takes place within the military. It is important for victims of sexual harassment and violence to know that they have a voice. This effort offers victims and allies a way to speak out in a creative and impactful way. As with most movements of this nature, #IAmVanessaGuillen all began with a tragedy and the community’s reaction to it. 

On April 22, 2020, Specialist (SPC) Vanessa Guillen went missing on Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. The search started on April 23, 2020, and was concluded on June 30, 2020, when her remains were found. There are allegations that SPC Guillen was sexually assaulted before her death. <