Antoinette Lavin, 20, a gallery director and visual editor of the local arts publication Callosum Magazine (see page 13), is the author of two graphic novels that focus on her experiences at Oak Park and River Forest High School. 

Lavin, who’s currently in college, described herself as a “huge advocate for healthy sexuality and equality.” 

“I was in an abusive relationship and have had family members commit suicide,” she said during a recent interview. “I just wanted to make something out of those experiences. I want to help other victims who have gone through what I’ve gone through.”

How do you resist the temptation to ask a victim’s advocate what she thinks of Donald Trump? 

“I watched some of the debate, but I didn’t watch all of it because it was freaking me out,” said Lavin, who is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in studio art. “It freaks me out how there is a chance that this guy could be president when he’s such a racist and sexist. I’m worried that, if he’s the leader of this country, how that will affect what regular citizens and people in power can get away with saying.”

Michael Romain 

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