A woman’s long walk home at night is a gauntlet of threatening shadows, but the real-life dangers pale next to memories of recriminations from family and friends. As the insults mount, it becomes clear the messages of hate are attacking her for being trans. And like many survivors of sexual assault, she’s blamed for what happened to her.
Smuggler’s Samantha Scaffidi directs this PSA for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network), a follow-up to “Wait,” which chronicled a survivor’s interminable wait for a rape kit at a hospital. “Walk” stars Leyna Bloom, a transgender rights advocate and runway model, in a spot from creative agency Mirimar.
Trans women face the highest rates of sexual violence, and by releasing the PSA on International Women’s Day, RAINN made it clear that the organization’s services are available to all survivors.
“It was always my desire to create a series of films addressing these issues. Each film enables us to show how a collective, universal trauma can affect different individuals and groups disproportionately,” Scaffidi said in a statement. “With the support of fellow creatives and RAINN, we can do so much to help shift the conversations surrounding these issues and take focused and purposeful action, ensuring that survivors get the care and resources needed.”