IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(4): 368-373 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.482

Empowering the Abused Souls in No Tengas Miedo (Don’t be Afraid)

Pogkrong Boon-Long
Abstract—Musically talented Silvia, the female protagonist of the 2011 Spanish film, No Tengas Miedo (Don’t Be Afraid), was delicately and powerfully portrayed as a young woman who had been sexually abused by her father since she was a little girl. Through dramatic plot and storyline, the film creator presented the remarkable process of healing which was employed by Silvia, and it naturally provided a chance for the audiences to experience the protagonist’s sufferings in her severely wounded soul and/or healed themselves along with her. This paper means to analyze such a process presented in the film which has high capability to heal and empower the sexual abused, including the author, who examines this representation. The crucial findings from the process are creating the sincere community for the abused to share their anxieties and sufferings, and encouraging them to accept and face their fears.

Index Terms—Empowerment, female representation, healing process, child sexual abuse.

Pogkrong Boon-Long is with the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand (e-mail: dmtu1234@yahoo.co.th).

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Cite: Pogkrong Boon-Long, " Empowering the Abused Souls in No Tengas Miedo (Don’t be Afraid)," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 368-373, 2015.

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