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Emma's art class project has gone viral for a reason every woman will understand.

It’s not often a piece of student art reaches an audience of hundreds of thousands, but Emma Krenzer’s has spread across the world.

Fittingly, the 19-year-old completed her work — which contains a powerful message on sexual violence — on the night of the Women’s March in Washington.

I never dreamed I’d grow up to be a nasty woman

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The teenager was asked to create ‘a map’ for an art class at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

She produced the following, an edited portrait of a friend’s naked body:

The aim of Krenzer’s life-sized piece was to examine the lasting impact touch can have, especially when it is unwanted.

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“I made this project largely for myself to actually visualise the lasting impact that touch can have on an individual,” she explained to BuzzFeed News.

“I thought about what was true for myself, and also, what I perceived to be commonly true for people in general, when I mapped out these touches,” she said.

Clearly the image struck a chord with many, as it’s now been shared more than 128,000 times on Twitter and featured on multiple websites.

“Some people told me they burst into tears after viewing the piece and others thanked me repeatedly for creating it. I really don’t have the words to describe how it makes me feel,” Krenzer told Buzzfeed News.

Krenzer has since tweeted she will be producing prints of the work to sell online.

You can follow Emma Krenzer on Twitter @cheezitfan1