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Kim Vanderheiden, “Hush!” (2015)

Kim Vanderheiden, “Hush!” (2015) 42×54 inches, monotype, letterpress, pen & ink, solar etching, pencil, watercolor on torn paper collage

In our communities, our children are taught to discuss problems, yet in legal settings we maintain silence, lest words break ourselves or loved ones. This right to remain silent is intended to protect and derives from the Fifth Amendment, which in turn has its roots in the Magna Carta. But silence conceals the truth and suppresses the roots of transgression. Thus it lends scant scaffold for recovery or growth to either the victim or the violator.

Could it be possible to open painfully difficult situations to a process that uncovers truth without placing the accused in a situation where they must be protected from the effects of the legal system?