This installation dispels commonly held myths surrounding the ‘ideal rape victim’. Rapists are frequently understood to be solitary men, urged by an uncontrolled sexual desire for a young, ‘innocent’ and conventionally attractive woman. In reality, rape is motivated by a violent appetite for control and power, which leaves a wide demographic of individuals vulnerable.
The scenario was influenced by a local case in which an elderly woman was raped and killed by a younger man, with whom there was an acquaintance. In creating this installation, victim blaming discourses and risk reduction techniques are disrupted to convey the reality of sexual violence, while situating the perpetrator as central to the problem.