These two videos, Flight and Freeze, are part of a three part series about the common responses that people have to rape- Fight, Flight, Freeze. I have not completed the third piece, Fight, yet. In Flight and Freeze, I have tried to create works that could help to explain to loved ones and friends what it feels like to have flashbacks and to be in a situation where your response to fear becomes an element of one of these three instinctual reactions beyond your control, as if you are in a different state of consciousness. Having gone through the experience of being raped, I found that it was very difficult to explain to people close to me, what I experienced and how it affected me afterwards for many years. I hope that these videos will help people to better understand and to be more compassionate in response to victims of rape and sexual assault.
This work is about rape culture in the United States and is meant to resist the plethora of negative attitudes towards women, which push them to tolerate inappropriate touching by men in place of standing up against them because of fear of retribution and being misrepresented and treated badly by others when they do stand up for themselves. This work is particularly relevant in light of the president-elect, Trump's remarks about women that convey the basest perceptions and misogynistic responses towards women. As a victim of rape, this piece represents my experience and my willingness to stand up against sexism.
Flight is a video poem meant to help victims of rape to explain to their loved ones what it feels like to have flashbacks.