If you’ve ever stumbled upon the Instagram page of Laetitia Ky, you’ve witnessed the wondrous way in which she tell stories using her hair.
The young Ivory Coast native creates statements and pictures using “thread, scrunchies, pins, wool, hair extensions, wire.” The results are bold, sometimes comical, daring, and astonishing to say the least.
Most recently, Ky took on the #MeToo movement, first started by Tarana Burke, then popularized by countless women on social media who were encouraged to use the hashtag to speak out about their sexual assault experiences. The movement was ignited after the New York Times exposed Hollywood super producer, Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator.
#metoo Thousands of women are raped every day in the world, but very few are able to talk about it, to complain or fight. Why? Because our “beautiful” society has the tendency to blame the victim almost every time. “” Oh but you should not have to gone out so late !!! “” “” “Ah, but you had a mini skirt” “,” “why are you complaining if you agreed to have dinner with him?” “,” “dont tell me that you were not trying to seduce him with all that makeup” “… Ladies … NOTHING JUSTIFIES RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT OR HARASSMENT. Neither your clothing, your make-up, your relationship with the abuser (because even your husband doesnt have the right to force you to have sex if you dont want to, the concept of marital rape exists). There is no enabling circumstance for the abuser and you need to talk about it so that thing starts to change. Don’t remain silent, dont let anyone tell you that you have some responsibility in this despicable act !!!! Speak out because you dont have to carry this burden alone, talk to help other women who are afraid, talk to start a revolution, talk to change things. You are not alone. Dont be discouraged even if your direct surrounding makes you feel guilty … the weight can be difficult to sustain and the battle can be hard but it is worth it !!!!!! It’s never too late to speak out. Even if the assault took place 20 years ago, a crime remains a crime so dare to speak out …. dont let anything pass… so those men learn to honor and respect women . Because yes, it is not for you to interfere with your liberty so that they are not tempted but for them to know how to control themself. I repeat it once more, dare to talk about it, dare to SNITCH ON YOUR PIGS… talk to the people around you so they can bring you all the support that the victims desperately need to start the process of healing… My DM is open to anyone who wants to talk. You are not alone.
Though she admits she has never been sexually assaulted, she was inspired to join the movement after witnessing the magnitude of it. She also has a friend who came close to being raped.
“I became aware of how huge of a phenomenon sexual assault is, but it was also pleasing, because I could see women revolting and deciding to talk in order to change things,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.