watercolor, colored pencil, marker, ink;
20×16”
“My piece is about Teenage Girls and the Right to Their Body, addressing the harsh realities teenage girls face, the misinformation, and how it affects their mental health. I was a victim of Sexual Assault at the age of 13. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I remember the smells, the sky, the clouds. This is the life of 97% of women who have been a victim of some kind of Sexual Assault or Sexual Harassment. Yet we are still the ones to be blamed when we choose to have a say in what we want with our bodies. WE should be able to have a say when something was taken from us. Millions of teens have had their innocence taken away, have scars that will be forever, memories that will never leave their mind. They didn’t get to say no, they didn’t get a choice, so when they finally have a choice to fix what someone else broke, why are we taking that choice away from them?”
ARTIST BIO: Liberty Richards is a Grade 11 student at Butler Tech School of Art (SOA).