On New Year’s Day, two of my best friends and I went to Hollywood Beach around dusk. We were having a really good time. The water was calm and clear, and the sky was this impressive mix of pink and blue. Out of nowhere, I started having intrusive thoughts and crying. My best friends held me for a long time while I cried. They didn’t say much, just held me until I calmed down. I remember feeling this powerful wave of safety, being held and coaxed while watching the waves come and go. It was surreal and intense, and the whole time it was happening, I was super aware of its sacredness. I’ve wanted to recreate that scene ever since it happened; I believe that sisterhood and the ocean are two things that heal. I’m now working on a short film about consent, sexual assault, and healing—these are some behind-the-scenes shots. Thanks to Jenelle and Hannah for modeling.