I am a 17-year retired, active duty Army Combat Veteran who is now claiming my voice as an artist; my work is focused on sexual assault and violence against women in the military. During my research, I discovered that one out of three women who enlist in the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped. Even more alarming are the sexual assault and deaths of female Soldiers in combat following their rape. The military has characterized each of these incidents of sexual assault and consecutive deaths as “death from a non-combat related incident" with the subsequent addition of "suicide." Some women were not assaulted, but lost their lives for knowing too much. Specific US Army units and certain US military bases in the Middle East have an inordinate number of women Soldiers who have had their deaths classified as such. The families of these women whom the military has declared to have committed suicide strongly dispute the findings and call for further investigations into the deaths of their daughters. It is my duty as an artist, Veteran, and U.S. citizen to inform the people of the United States about the military women that are being abused by their brothers-in-arms. Though my extensive research, which dates back to as early as 2001, I have discovered 46 cases that were swept under the rug. With the proliferation of #metoo and #sayhername, now is the time to talk about military sexual assault and violence against women. I am using my life-experience as a Soldier and my artwork to draw attention to their stories.
Kimberly's ArtPrize Entries
These are Kimberly's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.