An Australian photographer has published a powerful series of photographs with the message that sexual assault victims are never to blame. Rory Banwell, a professional photographer based in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, said she decided to start the project when she and her husband Alex found out she was pregnant with a girl in 2014.
'Someone actually said to Alex that it was "time to buy a gun" and we were so disappointed that people's initial reactions were that we would need to protect her, purely because of her gender,' Rory told Daily Mail Australia.
The project, which is documented on Rory's Tumblr and Facebook pages, features a range of half-naked women with tape covering their nipples and anti-abuse messages on their body, just like the original photo she drew inspiration from.
The black and white photographs are simple, with the models standing against blank background to emphasise the messages on their bodies, all of which are about supporting victims and respecting women.
Rory herself modelled in one of the photos for the original project photoshoot in 2014. She was pregnant at the time, and holding a sign that says 'I don't want my child to be born into a society that accepts sexual violence'.
Rory has decided to expand the project with the hope of holding an exhibition in Sydney at the end of the year. She wants to travel more around Australia, photographing a range of models from all over the country.
'I would like to include many more genders, races, cultures, ages into the project in the future. I am hoping that I can increase the diversity within the project so that it will reach a larger cross section of society,' Rory says.
To enable the project to continue, Rory has set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for more photoshoots around Australia, including travel and exhibition costs.