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Children Born Of Rape Pose To Show That They’re Beautiful And Can Be Loved Too
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Photography, Social Issues6 years ago

Children Born Of Rape Pose To Show That They’re Beautiful And Can Be Loved Too

I produced this work in August 2014 in an effort to empower children born of rape and women survivors of sexual violence and to promote peace. For years, the city of Goma, in the Democratic republic of the Congo, witnessed horrific war crimes and sexual violence against children, women and sometimes men. All these people were used as a weapon of war.

In the recent years, more and more local initiatives and international programs have been developed to help survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence during war to reintegrate to the society and take their life back in control.

In this series of pictures, you will discover the life of Esther, a little girl born of rape, going through all the big milestones of her life: her birth, her first steps, her first day at school, her wedding.

All the children you see on the pictures are born of rape…all the women have been involved in sexual abuse. They are no longer victims. They are beautiful survivors who want the world to look at them as such!

More info: patriciawillocq.com

Look at me I am beautiful

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DebMartinKnaff
Community Member
6 years ago

I love that hopefully they no longer consider themselves victims but survivors as it takes every atom from the tips of your toes to your very soul to come through such a violent, personal crime as rape. This it the evidence of the power of courage and love over evil and hatred.

InfiniteZeek
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6 years ago

love the color composition

VeronicaColemanDover
Community Member
6 years ago

This is so empowering to all women who are survivors. This shows how strong, beautiful and how much love they have to give. I love it!

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DebMartinKnaff
Community Member
6 years ago

I love that hopefully they no longer consider themselves victims but survivors as it takes every atom from the tips of your toes to your very soul to come through such a violent, personal crime as rape. This it the evidence of the power of courage and love over evil and hatred.

InfiniteZeek
Community Member
6 years ago

love the color composition

VeronicaColemanDover
Community Member
6 years ago

This is so empowering to all women who are survivors. This shows how strong, beautiful and how much love they have to give. I love it!

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