Tonya Hu


Prismacolor colored pencils, acrylic paint, and white gel pen

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted, amounting to 321,500 victims annually, of which 90% are female. For its magnitude, this disturbing problem isn’t discussed nearly enough. Our society has cultivated a patriarchal culture that has silenced the voices of countless females for far too long, allowing dangerous perpetrators to get away with sexual assault and rape. It is time to demand change, to be the change. We can no longer allow criminals to escape past the loose grip of our justice system.

Tonya Hu is a senior at Dulles High School, a math and science academy, who loves the fine arts, whether in the form of writing poetry and painting, or composing music and playing the piano. She aspires to change the world with her work by bringing attention to important societal issues, such as racial discrimination and gender inequality. In the past, Tonya has won the National Celebrating Art Contest Top Ten Award twice and the High Merit Award three times, and she was also awarded the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Key.

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