"It's important to speak up about issues like these…I often lament the immorality of our culture at large, which for me often ends in just that – lamenting," Chilelli said, noting that to simply "wish away the problem…doesn't actually help."
"I am quick to forget that I also exist in these public spaces – that my opinion and understanding about the truth of the body also exists in this public sphere we all exist together in, and that my rights as a citizen to not have to view offensive images should also be respected by our city, state, and federal codes and laws," she continued.
Chilelli hopes that others will be encouraged by the idea that just one voice can promote change.
"[The experience] helped me realize that we can impact and affect change, despite how insurmountable the degradation of the culture seems," she said.
Chilelli added that this particular issue was especially important to speak out against because of the confusion fostered by a culture that believes the body is for sexual gratification, exploitation, and consumption.
"I want to encourage others to not passively accept the lies our culture tells us about our bodies, to not passively accept the lies our culture tries to teach our children about their bodies."
She particularly called upon Catholics to share the truths of their faith, which she sees as a logical response to much of the world's confusion.
"What I do think is important is that Catholics speak the language of the culture and do their best to identify areas where our culture is seeking truth, so we can speak the Gospel message to our very confused society, bringing light to what is so very dark about our culture's understanding of the body and human sexuality."
Editor's note: Chilelli is related to CNA's editor-in-chief, JD Flynn, who was not involved in the reporting or editing of this article.