People are depicted with the word they were called seemingly burned or carved into their flesh.
Words have meaning, and they possess the power to change the world. They can inspire us to do amazing things, or to commit the most horrible acts. It’s up to everyone to understand they are responsible for wielding that awesome power. Because words cut the deepest, and yet leave no marks, they can truly be the most devastating form of abuse.
Photographer Richard Johnson, who has himself suffered from the worst kind of verbal abuse, created a series of photos to illustrate their incredibly harmful effect. These images, created for the Weapon of Choice Project, are important because they remind us that the terms we throw out in moments of anger or frustration can be just as damaging as physical abuse.
The photos feature victims of emotional, sexual and verbal abuse.
The results are truly horrifying…
And will make you think before you speak.
We often through around terrible words and insults without giving them a second thought. But take these photos as a reminder that what we say matters. Verbal abuse is a real and serious problem that can destroy the lives of others. Let these pictures be a reminder.