Inspired by the documentary The Invisible War, Erlina Ortiz’s She Wore Those Shoes explores the prevailing issue of sexual assault within the United States military and the silence, stigma, and negligence that survivors often face.
Protagonist, Yudy, a strong and confident young woman, excitedly joins the armed forces in pursuit of the military pride and prowess that her respected older brother, Abraham represents.
Yudy’s high regard for her military “family,” however is deeply tarnished in the aftermath of trauma, as silence, disbelief, and betrayal ensue. Through memory, cadences, creative movement and unexpected humor, we follow Yudy’s journey as she navigates being a woman, veteran, and something more than a victim of our pervasive rape culture.
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