In the little over three years that I’ve had this Blog up and running, I can count the number of times I’ve felt the urge to reblog someone else’s content onto my page. Today is one of those days. Before you click over there, however, fair warning, you’ll see some pictures that are made pretty graphic (by amazing make-up artists), that also contain some harsh language. The article is a photo-essay by a survivor of extreme child abuse who has tried, with the help of those make-up artists I mentioned, to illustrate the kind of effect it has on a person when they are abused with language. It’s a fascinating study that I thought a lot of people should see. Hence, the reblog. In addition to all of that, I also had personal reasons.
As someone who likes to both write, and take photographs, as well as being a person who endured precisely this type of abuse as a child, I just wanted to thank everyone involved with the article in question for bringing a very critical issue into focus. If by reblogging it on my own page, I can help spread the crucial message it contains to even one more person, then I consider it well worth the effort. So my thanks again to all involved. As one of the subjects in the story so aptly put it, I feel like any physical damage I experienced when I was a child is adequately healed, and yet…those emotional scars still linger.
Words have meaning, and they possess the power to change the world. They can inspire us to do amazing things, or to commit the most horrible acts. It’s up to everyone to understand they are responsible for wielding that awesome power. Because words cut the deepest, and yet leave no marks, they can truly be the most devastating form of abuse.
PhotographerRichard Johnson, who has himself suffered from the worst kind of verbal abuse, created a series of photos to illustrate their incredibly harmful effect. These images, created for theWeapon of Choice Project, are important because they remind us that the terms we throw out in moments of anger or frustration can be just as damaging as physical abuse.
CAUTION!: The photos below feature victims and strong terms of emotional, sexual and verbal abuse.
We presented each participant in the Weapon of Choice project with a list of hurtful words, and…
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