We all know the stories, we’ve seen the videos, we’ve heard the whispers, we’ve turned our eyes away from these victims.
You were touched, forced to do sexual actives you didn’t want to do, you were called not good enough, called mean names because of how you sounded, how you looked, how you walked, and what you couldn’t do.
You were told the pain isn’t that bad, told to drink some tea and told to hush up. Shun because you decided not to keep the child, even if you were raped. Told you were less of a woman because you can’t bear a child. Scorned because your skirt was stained with blood; because you were immobile due to excruciating pain. Looked at strangely when you told others you have Endometriosis, Fibroids or Dysmenorrhea.
In the summer, Davianne contacted me about a project she wanted to execute, a project that would embody the changing cycles of her life; an expression of her dark past and how she stepped into the light. She wanted to share the story of a young girl whose mother left her behind, a girl that was sexually abused and afraid to look at herself in the mirror because she was brainwashed into thinking she wasn’t beautiful. The story of how that little girl grew up being confused most of her life, but finally found her direction, reconnected with her mom and found a way to inspire thousands of people through her drive, passion and life experiences
This is her story; the story about how this caterpillar stopped hiding in her cocoon of pain and self doubt, and emerged as a beautiful butterfly filled with hope and #MadeForMore
-Jik-Reuben Pringle, The Visual Ninja
~Peace, Perfect Peace~