Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Bushra Sarker
1 in 10

Sexual abuse can occur at any time to any gender, orientation, ethnicity, level of education, or socioeconomic group. Survivors' voices are often silenced, often into adulthood, creating many years of emotional and physical trauma. One in ten children are sexually abused, yet it only takes a single person sharing their story to inspire other people to come forward. It is my goal to help people overcome their fear of openly discussing child sexual abuse by telling the stories of survivors. I created an anonymous online questionnaire via social media, finally receiving 290 responses from survivors. The quantity of responses underlines the need to share stories.

Awareness campaigns often use fear-inducing visuals designed to create discomfort. My intent is to create an approachable design identity that simply highlights the stories of survivors. I transferred my research into a print report, a poster series, a public installation of messaged pillows, and an online platform to create a sense of community. The campaign icon, a flower, represents the delicate nature of the issue, with one out of the ten petals indicating a survivor. The work evolved into an awareness campaign with installations in a range of public spaces: lounge areas, dining trays, staircases, and bathrooms. Each of these interventions activate public spaces in a way that raises awareness, but relies on the power of words, of speaking, to bring this issue to light.

Yasmeen AlAyoub

Maria Badasian

Jenny Barroll

Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski