Aftermath 2021-2022

Aftermath is a multimedia, cross continental, collaborative project investigating the experiences of perpetrators and survivors of sexual assault. It began through hearing the stories of my friend survivors and a feeling of horror. It progressed to research, and seeing a lack of spaces for perpetrators to talk without getting pushed towards further crime, as even a basic google search will show that perpetrators of sexual assault are encouraged towards crime evasion.

See below: confessing to google about hitting your girlfriend will lead to answers to the question ‘how do I beat my girl?’ which implies help/complicit responses to admissions of guilt as opposed to help or resources.

Using a combination of acting, story telling, text, documentary making, film work and spoken word, the experiences of 25 individuals from 3 different countries are explored.

Aftermath is a collaborative piece looking into sexual violence rape as a phenomena experienced by multiple parties. It is a currently underway, being filmed simultaneously across 3 continents.

“Throughout 2021 I have explored the motives and behaviours of people living post-rape, having found that whilst accounts of victim-hood are incredibly common, the space to speak about perpetration in dialogue with victims was woefully absent. I believe both parties can benefit from understanding the feelings and motives of those who are victims and perpetrators. This is also an experiment in film making during a pandemic, using actors from across the globe and scripts based on real people from 3 different countries.”

Actor reading script in New Orleans USA

“Some things can’t be healed and denied at the same time. Something kept in the darkness is just going to continue to become mouldier and mouldier.” -perpetrator of rape, anonymous.

“Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But y’know it does kill you. You have to resuscitate yourself.” -victim of rape, anonymous.

Demo interview recording:

https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/587926539

If you or someone you know would be willing to take part in this project, please contact me.