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In Western countries, twenty-five percent of women and thirteen percent of men have been victims of sexual abuse by adults before they reach the age of seventeen. Their abusers were family members, loved ones, clergy and often esteemed members of the community. Over the course of eight years, Lorena Ros built close relationships with the survivors in this book. They shared their private world, recalling the traumatic experiences that took place many years ago. In many cases, survivors invited her to photograph the actual places where the abuse occurred; at other times she photographed elements that triggered their memories such as an object or a place that related to their childhood trauma. The circumstances of the abuse vary and the survivors are of different ages and come from many countries including Spain - Ros' homeland. Child sex-abuse is a crime without borders. A child's socio-economic status or cultural background offers no protection. Even though this abuse is so widespread, speaking about it remains a taboo in Western societies. There is a great deal of shame surrounding child sexual abuse and victims are silenced and often re-traumatized. What bonded these survivors to each other was shame and a conviction instilled in them by the perpetrator that what happened to them should never be spoken of ...

About the Author


Lorena Ros was born in Barcelona in 1975. She graduated with a degree in Humanities and Literature from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and later did a postgraduate in photo-journalism at the London College of Printing. Soon after, she started working on her on-going project, focused on illegal immigration, that took her first to Spain and then to Nigeria, where women are trafficked into Europe. Ros has won several awards with this work, including the World Press Photo, Care International award and the Amnesty International One World Media Award In 2005 she was selected to participate in Joop Swart Masterclass held by the World Press Photo Foundation, where she presented a series of portraits of sexually abused child survivors. This won numerous awards, including a World Press Photo Award, and an Honorable Mention in the American Photographer of the Year. In 2008 Ros was awarded the Getty Grant for Editorial Photography to complete her body of work on survivors of child sexual abuse. Ros currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and is represented by Institute.


Product Details
ISBN: 9789053308141
ISBN-10: 9053308148
Publisher: Schilt Publishing
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Pages: 128
Language: English
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