As sex abuse lawyers, it'srare to come across work that proves hopeful in the area of childhood sexual abuse, but this LA Times Interview with Mariella Furre certainly fits the bill. Read on:
A touching and powerful interview with South African photographer Mariella Furre about her photo documentary work on childhood sex abuse.
Q: I look at your work and I see a profound commitment to creating awareness about child sexual abuse. What inspired you to tell this story?
A: When I was about 5 years old, I was sexually abused by a stranger. I don't think at that age I really understood what it was that had happened to me, but somehow I knew it was wrong, and I felt to blame for letting the man touch me.
The molestation could not have lasted more than a couple of minutes, but the incident affected my life in ways that are difficult to articulate. As a 5-year-old, I don't think you really understand that you have lost something when you are abused. Yet you have; something does change. You lose your childhood really, your innocence is snatched away, and what little is left of that once-pure child is now transformed into a sexual being, a child with a knowledge of things way before her time.
My Piece of Sky is the result of the journey that has since led me to explore the world of child sexual abuse. It is testimony to the young children who have survived the experience of rape, and those who have lost their lives to it.