The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department recently teamed up with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office for an unveiling and certificate ceremony in recognition of the “Now You See” photo exhibit. “Now You See: A Celebration of Courageous Kids” is a photo exhibit that reveals the bravery of abused, neglected, and exploited children who disclose their trauma to law enforcement. The exhibit recently traveled to the Suffolk County House of Correction, where currently incarcerated women were interviewed about the trauma that they themselves have experienced.
In an event held at the Suffolk County House of Correction, attendees gathered to recognize and hear the voices of abused and neglected people as the women participating in the gallery unveiled their exhibit. Six incarcerated women participated in the series, having their photos taken by Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office Director of Youth Safety and Outreach Jacquelyn Lamont.
The event also included presentations by Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins, District Attorney Dan Conley, Superintendent of the House of Correction Yolanda Smith, Director of Youth Safety and Outreach Jacquelyn Lamont, and Director of Women’s Programming at the House of Correction Christina Ruccio.
With each gallery submission, a photograph of the eyes of the participants was featured, along with a brief statement that described some of the trauma they have personally experienced. As survivors of trauma and violence, they share messages with others who have experienced similar circumstances in an effort to promote healing and bring attention to the great need that exists to address the issues of trauma and violence.
“It is important to know that there are people around to help in the most desperate of times. Never lose hope. Strength is key,” read one message. “You are somebody and if you ever feel that no one loves you, find the love you have for yourself,” read another. “Although it seems dark at times, I’m here to tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Breathe. And hold on to hope. You have survived!”