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Powerful new My Body Back campaign supporting rape survivors is photographed by Rankin
Survivors of rape have been photographed for My Body Back, a campaign helping support rape victims
Photographer Rankin has captured some of the most famous faces in the world, from Madonna to the Queen.
But his latest shoot focuses on bodies rather than faces – and it’s all for a very good cause. The My Body Back Project, an initiative founded last year by rape survivor Pavan Amara helps women reclaim their bodies after experiencing sexual assault and rape.
In August 2015 Pavan helped set up the very first clinic in the world designed specifically for the long-term healthcare of rape survivors, offering cervical screening, STI testing and contraception for women who have experienced sexual assault.
For her latest My Body Back campaign, Pavan has enlisted the help of photographer Rankin, who has captured survivors with temporary tattoos on their skin – each one a message of strength and resilience. ‘I was truly moved by this project and humbled to be involved,’ said Rankin. ‘The sheer strength of these women, after what they have been through, left me speechless. The importance of the work My Body Back do can’t really be expressed in words. They are brave in the extreme. It was an honour to welcome you all into my studio; our door is always open. I speak on behalf of my entire team when I say you are an inspiration.’
Here are a few of the images, along with stories from the rape survivors themselves.
‘I was a model before being attacked, I’d just started working. But after the attack, I felt my face and body had been violated. I couldn’t look in the mirror any more. I stopped modelling. I had enjoyed it and it was making me good money. After the attack, I was offered fewer jobs. I was outspoken about what had happened, and people in the industry didn’t want to be associated with rape – as if it were my fault. It was as if I was damaged goods. But being part of the My Body Back campaign has shown me how much times have changed, and through organisations like this we can drive even more change. Hopefully we can finally start talking about something that affects 1 in 4 women. Years after the attack, others can’t see the damage to your body but you can feel it.
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