The video, Survivors of Sexual Assault, was the recipient of the 2015 Addy award for Best of Broadcasting and Video and a Gold Addy for Public Service Announcement. 2015 RAF American Advertising Award.
The short video documentary, “Survivors of Sexual Assault” is an extension of a 2013 installation. That community art project exhibited photos of the hands of sexual assault survivors. It represented a cross section of society and expressed both their trauma and healing.This documentary is a collage of still and moving images of survivor’s hands with voice layovers from interviews of their experiences. Text written by survivors, pertinent quotations, live footage, and music is intertwined to make an authentic creative statement of the reality of sexual assault.
Survivors of sexual assault are currently receiving greater validity then during any other time in history. Men, women, girls and boys throughout times past have experienced various forms of sexual assault, but they were veiled by silence, fear, and shame. More recently survivors have felt safe enough to express their encounter of sexual assault, which cross a spectrum of intensity and longevity.
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network currently reports that every 2 minutes someone is assaulted. 1 out of 6 women have been a victim of attempted or actual rape in their lifetime. 1 of 33 men has been affected by sexual abuse during their lifetime. The trauma of these experiences is tremendous. Time transforms, however, the trauma never goes away. The body has memory and experiences get triggered in countless ways. The sense and fear of losing control is enormous.
The intent of this project is to bring greater awareness to the public of the prevalence of sexual assault in our society and for survivors to know that free anonymous counseling is available through community organizations.
Sharon Locke is a survivor of sexual assault.