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Darkness to light...Strength to fight another day

Tiffany Horan's avatar Tiffany Horan

While deployed in Iraq, I faced an unexpected enemy. This battle came from within our own ranks, and eventually caused me to view men differently. At age 19, as one of four women in a "male" corps of around 200 marines, I experienced emotional and sexual abuse during PT, like the gross, degrading comments and unwanted touches. - a sly slap on the ass or groping in the front. During our scheduled “women-only” shower times, some of the male officers would strategically shave in front of the bathroom mirror. The shower stalls were see-through. Being a woman in the corps was a challenge every day to prove I was capable in the skills of my job. My coping mechanism of alcohol and pills just added to the conflict. But years later, after finally acknowledging my mental health struggles and turning to God for help, I started healing. This art piece represents my fight from darkness to light and encourages others to win their battles by not giving up hope.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: canvas
  • Width: 3 ft
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 3 ft