Khalilah Yvonne Presents: Silence Broken

Khalilah Yvonne's avatar Khalilah Yvonne

What can you do to prevent a child from keeping secrets? Not the "Let's have a surprise secrets! I am referring to the secrets that you probably can relate to yourself. Trauma, pain, abuse, neglect, rape, addiction, bullying, molestation, identity, and a host of others. Talk about it right? What if I told you I spent years holding a secret even after being questioned on several occasions, managing to wear the mask that everything was ok. Underneath this mask was a child withholding a devastating secret suffering in silence. I was desperate to be heard, and needed to break the fear shame, guilt, and embarrasment that kept me silent. Do you imagine children carrying heavy secrets inside what is to be considered a precious pure soul? Or do you only observe the outter layers of them that appear "happy, and healthy"? Children are desperately wanting to be heard? I was brave enough to wear a smile, and pretend which was overlooked. Children learn to suppress pain right before your very eyes.Children want to trust but are afraid. Let me remind you words hold a lot of power, and children who are searching for ways to express themselves in how they know how should not be told "They are just a child". I want to encourage the youth all over the world to stand up and let your voice be heard and free yourself from all the pain you feel forced to withhold in. My silence was broken and yours can be too! Silence Broken is inspired from my own personal experience being a victim of sexual molestation from age 6 to 12 yrs. I wanted to create a series of images reflecting what myself and other children walking in silence continue to experience today.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: N/A
  • Medium: Framed Photography
  • Width: 24inches(mounted)
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 18inches(mounted)