The Color Teal (2022)
This photographic series explores the everyday reminders of my abuser and the details that cause me to recall the two years I was unable to distance myself from them. This project was created during Sexual Violence Awareness Month and the four year anniversary of when I became a survivor. Each image contains the color teal. The color has become the signature color for sexual assault awareness, and wearing a teal ribbon symbolizes supporting survivors of sexual violence. There are roughly 463,634 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. The purpose of this series is to combat the assumption that survivors are alone and to open conversations about supporting survivors. The pictures are accompanied by small poems about my personal experience with sexual violence and statistics about survivors.
Everyday a survivor wakes up and chooses to move forward, speaking out against sexual violence is another day they regain a little bit more of themself.