Dear Artists, friends and colleagues
We would like your assistance to promote our Online Poster/Visual Media Competition, designed to support Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM).
A prize of $500 will be awarded by the Competition Panel to the Poster/Visual Media which best expresses the theme:
‘Sexual abuse is something that I experienced...It's not who I am.’
Art is a powerful medium that can both bear witness and support personal and social change. This competition provides an avenue for artists, art students, art educators, art therapists, anyone, to use their creativity to express and explore this complex issue. We welcome entries from anywhere in the world.
Rationale for this theme
Living Well is a service that specifically works with men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or sexual assault, as well as their partners, friends and family (see www.livingwell.org.au
). The statement ‘Sexual abuse is something that I experienced... It is not who I am’ was made by a man attending the Living Well Service. It has been chosen as the competition theme for the way that it both acknowledges a man's experience of sexual abuse and his commitment to living a life defined by him.
Research tell us that 1 in 6 men will experience childhood sexual abuse and that on average they will take 22 years to tell someone about it, 10 years longer than women. When men do come forward, they often talk of their being limited public awareness or supportive accounts that speak to their experience.
In our work with men who have been subjected to sexual abuse our challenge is to find ways to both acknowledge the profound horror, pain and difficulties produced by sexual assault, whilst simultaneously noticing and supporting a person’s struggles, ways of managing, holding on to hope, engaging with and commitment to living a full life. At Living Well, we see our work as inspiring, hopeful, transformative, life supporting work that acknowledges that people's lives are multi-storied. We are looking to reward and promote the poster/visual media that navigates this complex terrain and best addresses the identified theme ‘Sexual abuse is something that I experienced…It is not who I am.’
Visual Media can raise awareness and become inspirational
Submissions to be received by the 3rd of October 2011. Winners to be announced on the 26th of October 2011
A Prize of AU$500 will be awarded by the Competition Panel. A Prize of AU$250 will be awarded to the People's Choice
For more information on the Competition and how to enter please go to http://www.livingwell.org.au/Multimedia/OnlinePosterVisualMediaCompetition.aspx
How you can help. In order to assist us in promoting this event, as well as increasing awareness and support for those who have experienced sexual violence, we ask that you let as many people as you can know about the competition, be it by email;, word of mouth, on Facebook, twitter, Tumblr, or some other means. Please check us out at www.livingwell.org.au
, forward this email or post the attached flyer.
At Living Well we welcome enquiries and opportunities to work with individuals and organisations to reduce the influence of sexual abuse in men's lives and those of their friends and family. Please contact us if you are interested in partnering on this project or joining us in this life supporting work.
Looking forward to hearing from you and wishing you all the best
Dr Gary Foster
Spiritus Sexual Assault Services
living Well www.livingwell.org.au
9/1220 Sandgate Road, Nundah, Q 4012
Phone 61 (0)7 3435 4300
Mobile 0439 731 115
Fax 61 (0)7 3256 7466