PostHealing is an online community that encourages survivors of sexual, child, and domestic violence to heal through making and sharing art. Taking the lead from PostSecret, PostHealing encourages the anonymous sharing of stories and experiences through multimedia in the hopes that art will help the creator heal ‘post’-violence, inspire others in similar situations to seek safety and reach healing, and educate victims and non-victims about the personal effects of the global problem of violence against women and girls.
PostHealing is a creative project started by Girl Museum in participating with and celebration of One Billion Rising, a global movement to end sexual violence. Begun in 2013, the project underwent a strategic change of focus in 2018 to become more inclusive of various media types, gender identities, and modern social movements such as #metoo.
Create a piece reflecting on your experiences and/or healing from sexual, child, and domestic violence. Submissions can be in any artistic form, including:
- Short essays;
- Images, both digital and scans of non-digital images;
- Photography; and/or
Submit your work to email@example.com with the subject “PostHealing.”
This forum is aimed at an audience of diverse gender, age, and experience. As such, content displaying extreme profanity, hate, prejudice, or other defamatory/derogatory content, etc. will not be displayed. Our team seeks to keep the PostHealing space safe and accessible, and has the right to deny reposting of content that we find displays content harmful to those healing from violence.
Jeanie Jones examines the effects of sexual abuse in her sculptures and drawings, based on her own experiences. The figures that populate her works physically reflect the trauma of abuse, created to look fragile, small and vulnerable. Yet her works also speak of the strength of survivors, and honors their resilience in carrying this pain through to their adult life.
From Jeanie’s website:
My art is about my story
My story is of child sexual abuse in a pedophile ring.
It’s about all the stuff that happens when you’re abused
About all the ways you have to cope.
It’s about dissociation – the slipping out of your body in an attempt to minimise the pain and watch yourself from above.