Sexual Assault Victim Maps The Shocking Aftermath Through Powerful Artwork • MetDaan

Sexual Assault Victim Maps The Shocking Aftermath Through Powerful Artwork

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19-year old student Emma Krenzer has decided to fight the stigma and silence that often surrounds the aftermath of a sexual assault – with her art.

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The poster was created for her art class at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Emma found the inspiration and strength to create such a haunting visual when she attended the January, 2017 Women’s March on Washington D.C. She finished the combination of a poster and painting the same night after returning home.

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91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male

According to statistics from The National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 1 in 5 women will be raped at some point in their lives. This is not an abstract issue. Krenzer’s piece is a chillingly visceral portrayal of sexual violence which leaves little to the imagination. The female body pictured is a friend’s; the print-out was then marked with different colors, the meaning of which is made clear by a key on the side – each color indicates where the victim has had physical touch with friends, family,

This is not an abstract issue. Krenzer’s piece is a chillingly visceral portrayal of sexual violence which leaves little to the imagination. The female body pictured is a friend’s; the print-out was then marked with different colors, the meaning of which is made clear by a key on the side – each color indicates where the victim has had physical touch with friends, family,

Krenzer’s piece is a chillingly visceral portrayal of sexual violence which leaves little to the imagination. The female body pictured is a friend’s; the print-out was then marked with different colors, the meaning of which is made clear by a key on the side – each color indicates where the victim has had physical touch with friends, family, lovers and abusers.

The last color, red, is marked with “Someone I told NO”

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“I made this project largely for myself to actually visualize the lasting impact that touch can have on an individual,” Krenzer told Buzzfeed.

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Afterward, Krenzer then shared her work on Twitter in order to initiate a debate about these issues.

— synthetic watermelon (@cheezitfan1) January 23, 2017

Since then, the Tweet has since been liked 311,000 times and has had more than 134,000 retweets. The sheer magnitude of the impact demonstrates how topics such as these need to be talked about. People liking and sharing is the online equivalent to the Women’s Marches across the world. However, these are not just US issues they are issues felt by people all over the world. And it’s time to start talking and end the silence.

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“Some people told me they burst into tears after viewing the piece and others thanked me repeatedly for creating it,” she said. “I really don’t have the words to describe how it makes me feel.”

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Tweets and Retweets

The reactions on Twitter have been overwhelmingly positive and supportive. Users are clamoring to share the impact that Krenzer’s work has left on them. The demand was such that Emma has promised to develop the idea into a concept that would evolve into a series of artwork.

She admitted her enjoyment at “working large scale with the human body and expressing important messages about it”.

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Krenzer has always spoken very openly about her own struggle with mental illness. She admits that the sudden success and the explosion of attention that this piece of art has brought into her everyday life has made her nervous about the follow-up. On the 24th of January she tweeted:

“I’m actually getting terrible anxiety from this piece blowing up”.

Perhaps, she should not let those feelings get to her, as what she has already inspired hundreds of thousands by sharing something authentic about the human experience, no matter how negative. And isn’t that what, among other things, art is about? Moreover, art has the power to start conversations and that is exactly what is happening here.

We bring you some of the Twitter reactions to Emma Krenzer’s artwork:

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