May 28, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Passion Finds Purpose for Venice Artist Claire Salvo

By Melanie Camp

This story comes with a trigger warning. We hope it can be something that helps you if you’re in the process of healing. You are never alone. Find support at

Passion found a purpose for Claire Salvo, as she reached for a pen and began to sketch the face of the man who raped her. Salvo was 17 at the time of her attack. Her parents took her to the local police station immediately, but it would be ten years before she ever saw that face again.

Passion finds a purpose withClaire Salvo. Photo by @danielnjohnson.

Salvo is a survivor of sexual assault. A former DJ living in New York, the now Venice-based artist, shares the stories of nine survivors of sexual assault in her latest portrait series, ME:WE.

Discover how in the end, the man Salvo believes attacked her landed life in prison.

Hear Salvo share her journey as a survivor and an artist with host Melanie Camp in an exclusive Beautiful Hollywood Podcast.


Donate to RAINN online at If you are a survivor, or know a survivor, and need support RAINN has counselors available 24/7 to chat online at or over the phone at 800.656.HOPE (4673).

You can see ME:WE from June 6th – 9th, at TOMS Flagship Store, 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd, in Venice.

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