My undergraduate senior project recreates the symptoms of PTSD educating the audience through an exercise in empathy. Imagery will be projected around the individual mimicking the disorientation experienced by domestic and sexual abuse survivors, through motion sensor technology.
Currently 32.2 million women in the United States have been raped and well over 50% of these survivors develop PTSD. Even so, these statistics do not include other victims of sexual violence such as molestation, dating and domestic violence, sexual exploitation and stalking. This epidemic is widespread and yet the knowledge of one of its largest effects, PTSD, up until recently has not been widely discussed.
Raphel (1996) conducted research that suggests survivors with PTSD have a very real need to discuss their situation with others to resolve inner turmoil. Oftentimes, however, people may respond in ways that cause more harm to the individual. Art plays a meaningful role in developing the moral imagination in its ability to confront the viewer with another reality. It aids in bridging the gap between knowledge and understanding by submerging the onlooker into a visceral experience. Art is the perfect solution in developing more sympathetic support for survivors of sexual violence.
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