By: Esperanza P.

11th Grade, North Port High School, North Port, Florida,

Artist Statement

I made this piece to share my personal experience with violating, unwanted advances and coming to terms with it. This piece is meant to show one of the most common reactions to this kind of advance, which is to freeze in place. This happens to many individuals of all races, genders, sexes, ages, and orientations. This happens because they are panicked. Because they are scared. Because they are shocked. I have been put into situations like this before, and likely will be put into the same types of situations again in the future. This statement is for those who are out there and feel as if they have been overlooked. I want to let you know I see you, and there are others who will too.