Between now and the end of the year, the Light Campaign highlights images that represent light and darkness to children who have been sexually abused. We celebrate the creative spirit that exists in children despite dark times they endure.
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.”
- Rabindranath Tagore
Darkness of sexual abuse follows the child into the night when they sleep and their fears often continue for years. The images several of the girls captured to represent darkness revolved around sleep and their beds. They commented how there is darkness in nightmares.
“I have terrible nightmares,” says Ranjana,* who captured this photo of her bed. “Mostly about the abuse, which scares me.”
Similarly, Tarini* captured this photo of her lying on her bed. “I feel afraid of the night,” she says. “I have nightmares which scare me.”
Despite the darkness and fears that occupy their thoughts, a child’s faith brings light and can sustain them during dark times.
“Prayer gives me peace and keeps me away from bad thoughts,” says Rekha.* “I pray that I do not have nightmares and that God gives me good sleep.”
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CSJ partnered with a shelter home on a photo project that resulted in images used in the Light Campaign. All project participants reside in and receive psychosocial support from the shelter home. While CSJ provides legal and psychosocial support during criminal proceedings to some of the project’s participants, some images used in the campaign are from participants who we do not represent.
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