10 Campaigns For Sexual Assault That Are Shocking
There are many problems that our society needs to address immediately. The rising rate of violent crimes and sexual assaults is perhaps the biggest area of concern for the modern society. We like to think of ourselves as civilized beings, but there are clearly people who still walk among us who are clueless to the true meaning of humanity. Awareness campaigns for these issues have been running for as long as the issues have been prevalent themselves, but there seems to be little to no change in our mentality. Here are 10 campaigns that use shock-value and graphic content to shake things up and make us take notice.
This campaign was called ‘Slut Walk’ and it was conducted in Chicago in 2013. This campaign directly addresses the issue related to women dressing provocatively. The old stereotype has always tried to blame women for their dressing sense, but this campaign forces you to wonder if a skirt is really the problem.
This campaign was initiated by a photography student at the School for Visual Arts. The general idea was to give a voice to those who are victims of sexual assault by using the words of the attackers. Some of the content you read in this campaign is truly disturbing and gives a very brief insight into what the victims were put through.
Surviving In Numbers
Ali Safran was a victim of sexual assault who decided to return to the scene of the traumatic incident while holding up a sign that recalled the memory of the incident. Ali then asked people to share their own incidents and speak out against the injustice.
I Need Feminism Because…
Feminism started out as a powerful social movement in the 60’s but began to drown in the sea of other social issues. This campaign was aimed at reinvigorating the issue by making people talk about what feminism means to them personally.
Messages On Pads
Elone, a woman from Germany, decided to step out of the box while picking a medium with which to address sexual assault. She decided to use sanitary pads as a tool to voice her concerns and it gained global recognition.
30 Secrets In 30 Days Challenge
One Flickr user decided to use the popular ’30 secrets in 30 days challenge’ to vocalize her experiences with sexual assault. The seemingly fun challenge took a dark and serious twist, and people were forced to examine the true meaning of the word ‘secret’.
Stand With Survivors
This campaign was created by the College of William and Mary in order to show their support against sexual assault. Dozens of students and faculty members participated in this movement and it gained quite some traction.
Project Unbreakable (Male Version)
Sexual assault is not just an issue that only plagues women. Project Unbreakable had a second edition that involved only men talking about their violent experiences with sexual offenders.
This is a photography campaign created by artist Liora K out of Tucson, AZ. She used feminine body parts as the medium to display some messages that are relevant in raising awareness against sexual assault.
Brief Message Campaign
Artist Alexsandro Palombo wanted to raise awareness towards the fact that 35 percent of women in the world have undergone some form of violence in their lifetime. He encouraged women on various social platforms to write down messages on their briefs and post them online. He compiled the best of the lot and associated the title – #briefmessage.