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