The places in the photographs below are not sites of actual reported rapes or assaults.
The series of places represents the reality that rape can, and does, occur anywhere/everywhere.
The captions associated with each photograph are fictional - they were written based on research and testimony from real survivors.
A teenaged girl, around 15, regularly spends time at her father’s auto shop. She helps with odds and ends, and works her way toward a full time position. One afternoon, she is invited to share lunch behind the garage with one of the other employee’s. Partway into their meal, he propositions her for sex. When she refuses, he rapes her anyway.
Though seemingly the home of an accepting and open community, two members of the clergy in a community church have been reported for sexual assault on young children. Parents of the children have pressed charges, and are waiting for court appearances scheduled within the month. Until a verdict is reached, the clergy continue their regular duties.
Although prostitution is illegal in the United States, a middle-aged man, struggling through his marriage, hired an escort during a weekend away from home. They drove together to a motel and booked a room for a few hours. Through his own confusion and assumption, he forced his escort into sexual acts that she was not comfortable with.
A young high school student is excited about his new boyfriend. The two are ridiculed at school, and find it easiest to show affection elsewhere. During lunch period, they often drive to a nearby parking lot to talk and enjoy the view of the town below. Despite conversations about waiting until they’re both ready to start experimenting with sex, the boy’s boyfriend forces him to perform oral sex one afternoon in the car.
On a crisp, summer evening, a teenage girl was kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and left along the edge of this small river. Her body was found a number of days later, and her attacker remains unidentified.
At a party during her sophomore year, a 20-year-old college student drinks to excess. After most of the guests leave, she agrees to sleep at the apartment of the host, who is a friend of hers. In the middle of the night, she wakes up to find a man she’s never met penetrating her. The man was also a guest at the party.
On the outer fringe of a large city stands a house; the home of a long-married couple, the parents of two who have outgrown their childhood home. As they grow older, and the husband retires, he begins to feel weaker and less useful. In a misguided effort to regain the power he once felt, he continually rapes his wife of 35 years.
The pornography industry and its product have been studied and identified as contributors to rape culture within society in America and abroad. Many women working in porn are raped, and even more are coerced and manipulated with drugs, alcohol, and threats.
Each weekday afternoon, a young boy waits for his father to pick him up from school. At the end of each week, on Friday, the boy is treated to an ice cream cone. One Friday, when he is 12, the tradition is broken – and instead of buying ice cream, his father drives to the back entrance of the school and molests his son in the car.
A 30-year-old bartender took her usual walking route home one late night after work. She had never experienced or heard of violence in the neighborhood, but crossed the street when she sensed someone following her. About two blocks later, the stranger had caught up and grabbed her by the wrist. She struggled, but he forced her into the driveway between two homes. After raping her, he left her on the street. She stumbled the remaining half-block to her apartment and called the police.