Lorelei Rentmeister – Childhood Sexual Abuse and Resiliency

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Faculty mentor: CoCo James

Artist’s Statement: Everyday there are children being sexually abused and they don’t know who to turn to. In this research project I explored how survivors’ resiliency and overall health is affected by religion and social support, which are the main two sources of support that people turn to. The research shows that religion can be helpful to these survivors but can also harm them to a point where the survivors use more avoidant coping strategies. When this happens, the next biggest support systems are family and friends.
This piece of art visually represents how family and friend support, through the image of the Tree of Life, has a greater impact on the survivor’s resiliency than religion, which can be harmful through specific concepts such as forgiveness and that “everything happens for a reason”, shown by the bible verses on the vines. The image of Jesus Christ is included because the concept of being Christ-like and how he was able to forgive his abusers could be overbearing to those survivors who can not forgive their abusers and thus shame them.

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Questions or comments? Contact me at: 20lcrow@gmail.com

 

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