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Visual Tellings to Confront "The Legacy of Rape"

by Alexandra Pollak. Published by Broad Recognition, Yale University, 22 October 2014.

Longtime photojournalist, teacher Leora Kahn travels to countries in the aftermath of armed conflict, conducting interviews about gender-based violence. When she visited Colombia with her students, an interviewee named Rosa declined to share her story. International organizations came frequently to solicit Rosa’s testimony. They compiled her story alongside thousands of similar stories and targeted an international audience of spectators totally removed from the populations recovering from armed conflict. Rosa wanted, instead, for her testimony to affect her home, to be disseminated among the Colombian population—among others who had shared similar experiences, among their families, and among those who had perpetrated violence.

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