Hard to see it.
Even harder to say it.
Lon-art has created the following mock-ups with Lidia Lidia’s images in order to, very provocatively, spark a conversation. What would happen if activist art were used in public spaces to raise awareness about violence against women and children? Would we still be able to turn a blind eye to such atrocities?
Domestic violence is nowadays defined as any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:
psychological, physical, sexual, financial or/and emotional.
Child sexual abuse is defined as the involvement of a child in sexual activity that he or she does not fully comprehend, is unable to give informed consent to, or for which the child is not developmentally prepared and cannot give consent, or that violates the laws or social taboos of society.
Research predominantly shows child sexual abuse is perpetrated against female children. However, sexual abuse of boys is far more common than generally believed.
Worldwide it is difficult to have numbers for child sexual abuse because generally they are not reported until the victims become teenagers or adults. Often these crimes are not disclosed, detected or reported because they are generally crimes only witnessed by the abuser and the victim. Although the abusers can be women, most child sexual abuse is committed by men. Sexual abuse can be physical, verbal or emotional and the perpetrator is usually very close to the victim.*
Psychological and emotional abuse is any act including confinement, isolation, verbal assault, humiliation, intimidation, infantilization, or any other treatment which may diminish the sense of identity, dignity and self-worth.
Common signs of psychological abuse are depression, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
It causes serious behavioural, cognitive, emotional or mental disorder. It can cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Often it occurs in the family and the vast majority of victims of this kind of violence are women and children.*
*Lidia Lidia has dedicated more than 10 years raising awareness about violence against women and girls through her art. You will find all the sources that support the information above on her website.
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