Sorry it has been so long between posts but LOTS have been happening in my life and I will update you soon enough on it, but first I am part of this awesome initiative that needs help and since I have a little bit of reach I wanted to get the message out there. PLEASE help or send along if you know anyone who this might apply for.
Shea needs PHOTOS and stories to help CHANGE the face of sexual assault. People don’t know that when we talk about sexual assault and rape that we are talking about everyone. Mothers, sisters, cousins, friends, brothers, coworkers, fathers. The survivors are not one archetype and we have to SHOW the world that so we can start to end sexual assault. Please remember that you are allowed to use pseudonyms. I have interviewed with Shea and she is very easy to talk to and understanding.
Thanks so much!
It’s Not Your Fault
For my senior capstone thesis, titled “It’s Not Your Fault,” I’m defining what rape culture is and how it is perpetuated in our society without people even knowing what it is, or how they’re contributing to it. I am also working on redefining what a survivor of sexual assault or rape looks like. In conjunction with my written thesis I’m creating a video with passport-like photos of survivors with audio clips of survivors telling their stories playing over the photos, and video clips of interviews with survivors. I want to get as many photos as possible to show that survivors are diverse and to deconstruct the stereotypical picture of a drunken girl wearing a revealing outfit.
As a rape survivor myself I know how hurtful victim blaming is and how difficult it is to navigate through living in a rape culture. My hope, as a result of this project, is to educate people about rape culture and teach them how to be supportive instead of perpetuating rape culture and victim blaming.
Please feel free to send this to any survivor you know who would be willing to send me a passport-like photo to contribute to the project. You can remain anonymous or you can also send me your name, age, occupation, your story, or any other information you’d like to share with me and have appear with your photo or added to the written thesis. I’d be more than happy to add your experience, or even better, set up an interview with you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!
~Shea Carmen Swan