from darkness comes an inspirational work of art made up of so many people and their stories from all over the world.
Los Angeles (PRWEB) January 26, 2009
What can the Queen of Talk and The Queen of Shop possibly have in common? Believe it or not Oprah Winfrey and Paris Hilton can now say they do have at least one list they both share. The topic: Rape and Sexual abuse.
In a recent survey by Points With Purpose, an art project helping survivors of rape and sexual abuse, 550 survivors from 22 countries were asked a series of questions. While most questions covered topics relating to the rape or sexual abuse itself, one question asked, "If you could open up and share your emotions regarding your rape or sexual abuse with any living celebrity, which one would it be?" Oprah was the clear winner with the most votes. Some of the other responses were expected as well, including Ellen Degeneres, Dr. Phil, and Barbara Walters. Then there were a handful of surprises. Making the list: Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Eminem, and others.
David Ilan, the artist and creator of Points With Purpose has a theory, "Survivors want to speak with someone they can relate to. Teens and tweens have the highest rate of rape and sexual abuse occurrences so it makes sense that a celebrity like Paris Hilton would make the list." In fact, according to the survey, 33% of the survivors were in their teens during the incidents and 31% were between the ages of seven and 12.
All the survivors who participated in the survey are members of Points With Purpose. This amazing art project is the brain child of David Ilan. Ilan is a pointillism artist which means he draws using only dots. In Points With Purpose, a drawing of a survivor is being created from hundreds of thousands of hand-drawn dots representing real-life survivors. Every person who signs up gets one dot in their honor added to the portrait. So far, thousands of survivors from over 150 countries are participating. There is even a section of the portrait available for people who want to support survivors. People can go to http://www.PointsWithPurpose.com to become a part of the portrait.
May May Ali, social worker and eldest daughter of Muhammad Ali, calls Points With Purpose "uniquely empowering." She adds, "from darkness comes an inspirational work of art made up of so many people and their stories from all over the world."
The survey conducted by Points With Purpose has many revealing and sometimes heart-wrenching results. For example, almost half of the participants have had serious suicidal thoughts and one-third of the participants have attempted suicide at least once. Also, 41% of survivors report struggling with at least one form of self harm (cutting, burning, etc.). Visit http://www.pointswithpurpose.com/MYPWP/survey1.php to view the complete results of the survey.