Trigger warning: This post is about child sexual abuse and may cause distress for some readers.
All of us remember the moment Jasmine kissed Aladdin on the magic carpet.
But what if she’d kissed her dad instead?
Artist Saint Hoax, has used some of the world’s most beloved Disney Princesses to call attention to victims of sexual assault in her new poster series ‘Princess Diaries.’
The series of posters show Disney princesses such as Aladdin’s Jasmine, The Little Mermaid’s Ariel and Sleeping Beauty in disturbing situations, being forced to kiss their fathers.
The images, which have now gone viral, were created to raise awareness and encourage victims to report cases of domestic abuse. Saint Hoax spoke to the Huffington Post about the images, saying she was inspired to do the series after learning one of her closest friends was raped by her father when she was only seven years old.
“I used Disney princesses because it’s a visual language that my targeted audience would be attracted to” Hoax said.
The images are teamed with a chilling statistic: 46% of minors who are raped are victims of family members.
Hoax hopes to help encourage victims that it’s never too late to report their attack.
In Australia, a follow-up study to child sexual abuse and subsequent offending showed that child sexual abuse (CSA) continues to occur in our communities at an alarming rate, with up to 30 per cent of children experiencing abuse of any kids, and between five to ten per cent experiencing severe sexual abuse.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can get advice from The Child Abuse Prevention hotline on: 1800 688 009 or visit http://www.childabuseprevention.com.au/ or call The Child Abuse Report Line on: 131 478 (Open 24 hours).
Bravehearts are an organisation that help the victims of child sex abuse.
You can find more information about them here.