Survivor Photo Project: Sexual Assault
WARNING: The content in this series contains images that some people may find disturbing. Images illustrate elements of sexual assault/rape. Male nudity is also included in some of the images and the video. All of the text included with the images in the gallery and the video was provided by Joshua.
"He was on top of me. Not particularly heavy, but a slightly uncomfortable pressure. I was looking up at him and for a moment he was beautiful. A familiar face. A trusted face. A boy I knew. A boy I liked. A boy I felt safe with."
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AUDIO: Radio interview conducted by Ed Stern (Inside Out LGBTQ+ Talk Radio show).
VIDEO: Features the two models discussing the shoot and the overall experience.
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➢ 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male.
➢ In 89% of rape and sexual assault incidents, the perpetrator did NOT use a weapon.
➢ 40% of gay men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes.
➢ In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person who sexually assaulted
➢ 1 in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
➢ 52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
➢ In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator.
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"It’s interesting how many of the images featured my mouth being covered. Both intentional and organic in the process of creation, the entire experience of my assault was a silencing. In the moment itself, I couldn’t cry out.
My protests were ignored, so I stopped protesting — I went numb, lost the ability to speak at all. And ever since, my silence around that night persisted. There’s certainly a comfort in silence, being able to maintain the status quo, not rock the boat, and keep this all a secret. But silence never helped anyone.
And maybe by breaking the silence, I can both heal myself and encourage others to confront their own stories, too. To have the courage to speak up because they’re not alone. No one — not even the men who hurt us — can take away our voices forever."