Behind the Badge & Beyond the Streets.
Addressing the Re-Traumatization of Sex Workers: A Multi-Dimensional Challenge"
Officers find themselves in an unenviable situation: their job is difficult, mentally taxing, and emotionally draining. Coupled with this is a pervasive social sentiment that further isolates them. Missed family events, little time off, and an unforgiving public scrutiny create a challenging work environment that can affect their performance, including their interactions with the community and victims.
Elastik crafted a poignant two-part animated video series spotlighting the contrasting, yet intersecting worlds of a police officer and a sex worker. These heartfelt narratives provide a raw glimpse into the private struggles and challenges each face, breaking down stereotypes and fostering a deeper understanding. The first video navigates the taxing life of Eric, an officer battling the demands of duty and personal sacrifices. The second delves into Grace's world, an Indigenous teen trapped in a vicious cycle of exploitation. Through this initiative, our goal was to humanize both roles, encouraging empathy, dialogue, and positive change in societal perceptions. The animation serves as a testament to the unspoken trials faced by countless individuals and the pressing need for awareness and intervention.
The video series struck a chord. Officers felt authentically represented and the issue of re-traumatization among sex workers received the spotlight it deserved. The conversation has begun, and it is one that we cannot afford to let fade.