“Jessica’s Story”

0 Comments 20 June 2013

“Jessica’s Story,” a powerful short film on sex trafficking by Libby Spears.

By Daniel Barron


“If I can put something on a wall and I don’t take that as an opportunity to speak out against the injustices of the world or question my government that wall is wasted, to me,” stated political artist Lydia Emily in our feature story last year.

Her commitment to activism through art has only emboldened in the year since. Recently, she was commissioned to paint a mural in Skid Row as part of “Chime For Change,” a Gucci-founded charity that campaigns to raise funds and awareness for women’s empowerment.   Assisted by Van Arno and Margaret Leahy, the striking piece is a tribute to the survival story of a woman named Jessica, an LA-native who was sexually-abused at age three and later kidnapped and forced into a life of sexual slavery.  The following short film by Libby Spears sheds light on Jessica’s struggle, as Lydia discloses her own history of sexual abuse.   It’s a harrowing, emotional, and ultimately inspiring look at the evils that go unnoticed in our society and a call-to-arms for abused women everywhere.

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“Jessica’s Story”


Lydia Emily mural

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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