Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, a creative activist collaboration to upset the culture of rape and promote a culture of consent, recently released an infographic depicting the intersections of the Dakota Access Pipeline and sexual violence by utilizing research done by the US Department of Justice Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men. The continuing protest of the Dakota Access pipeline has largely fixed its message and efforts on protecting sacred land, water, and preventing other negative environmental effects. With this infographic, Force has emphasized other social effects, the threat of public safety for communities surrounding the regions of construction, and pointed to the relentless issue of sexual violence that has plagued tribal lands. Man camps, identified and defined in the graphic, are illustrated to stress the threat they pose to public safety and the perpetuation of sexual violence.
While this infographic is a new visualization to the effects of sexual and domestic violence, they have been persistent issues rooted in the history of oppression Native Americans have had to face. The Brave Heart Society is one among many groups protesting and citing the issues of violence posed by the construction of the new pipeline and calls to account the other factors at stake when deliberating the social and environmental costs.
This infographic is just one narrative that highlights the ways current social movements are intersectional and multifaceted. The need to defend the health of the environment, prevent the assault on nature and protect the sanctity of water parallels the importance of protecting the health of people’s bodies, preventing sexual assault and violence, and protecting the sanctity and health of the surrounding communities. These points have garnered attention and can be a testament to the reciprocal advancement of collaboration between movements. It is a feat to translate into visuals and illustrate the connections between social movements, but Force has undoubtedly managed to so. This brings more insight to intersectional, inclusive collaborative movements, especially the movement to end sexual violence. With the growing impact of media, and social media to provide significant impact to an array of movements infographics have proven their worth as quickly legible ways to disseminate, and articulate critical information.