To commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM

“When you get molested or beaten. It’s like a tattoo of shame. It messes you up mentally. And I just want other survivors going through this to know that they shouldn’t be embarrassed. They gotta let it all out. Scream. Share your stories. Let yourself be heard.” Melissa St. Vil

Boxer Melissa X St. Vil experienced abuse as a child and, in August 2009, she was assaulted by her then-trainer, who ultimately pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of battery and avoided jail time. Though cast as a powerless victim in many media accounts, Melissa was adamant that she wanted to share her experiences and to inspire other survivors to speak out, overcome past traumas and live positive, fulfilled lives. The resulting black & white short film created by writer/director Maya Albanese uses a poem written by Maya and narrated by Melissa to show an empowered athlete channeling her strength and positive energy into her passion, and encouraging others to do the same.

Producer: Jonathan Biebl @ Go Atticus, 
Cinematographer: Catherine Goldschmidt