to promote community awareness as to the prevalence of the problem.
to make everyone aware that it’s the person you least likely suspect that has done it or had it done to them. (In my case, it was the family pediatrician).
Too many women fight silent wars and bear invisible wounds. We don’t get medals or badges of honor. We don’t get to line our chests with ribbons and there will be no parades, but these battles have names and dates and numbers. To carry it around inside is to carry a heaviness that eventually is too much to bear. It eats away at you. This is what it’s like to-touch-a-human-scream. -Alyson Bahr
This chopped piece of an article from National Geographic July 2016 is embedded in one of my Art Stories. It further illustrates my point that you never know who is a child molester, rapist....
“Alyson’s work is beautiful and moving. It stirs one's soul. She has revealed her inner most demons, but made a tangible connection to the now… Her painting provides the metaphorical foundation from which she is able to cut out and toss the [horrible] memories onto, letting them float and form sentences, giving other's a glimpse into the jumbled mess of nightmares from long ago that linger and reform forever. That beauty underneath reflects her perseverance in the life she has built…..it’s all still evolving as the colors mix, the words float around, unsure, unable, to land in one spot and be locked away. It's powerful, beautiful, dark, but with a clear sense of strength and empowerment." --Markus Byron