“SHE”: A Survivor’s Art Essay


Christine Nelson, MA, LADC, CPP | September 20 | 1:30-2:30 PM

Topic: Experience, Art | Knowledge Level: Beginner

Christine’s art essay "SHE" is about understanding and seeing the human element and impact of what commercial sex trafficking has on the trafficked person. The mission with this piece of art is to show how trafficking isn't all the dramatic things you see on posters and anti-trafficking ads. While it is violent and destroys lives, it can be very subtle and right in your face while not even realizing it. The human element is really what she trying to convey. Her hope is that society will have an easier time identifying and naming what they are in fact observing and feel the emotional pull to do something to bring about justice for those who are being trafficked. The presentation includes a series of pictures in grayscale and vintage filter of Christine and other objects with words to describe them. Also included are two poems that align with the pictures and her personal story. Throughout the presentation there will be times of silence and times when she will began speaking. She does this for the effect of the presentation. After presenting her art, she will engage with the group offering preselected questions about her art.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Describe the tenets of a victim-centered approach.

·  Provide tools to enhance the health status of survivors or persons who are being trafficked.

·  Address intersecting identities and beliefs of those in their community including gender, age, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, immigration status, religious beliefs and socioeconomic status.

·  Identify symptoms associated with sexual violence and trauma.

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