Out in the Open

How one artist dealt with the aftermath of her alleged rape

No charges were laid after Stephanie Montgomery alleged she'd been sexually assaulted at work. So the artist called out the alleged perpetrator, her former employer and police on a giant billboard in Los Angeles.

'No one did anything, so I painted this billboard,' read Stephanie Montgomery's giant artwork

Stephanie Montgomery (rey.contreras)

This story was originally published on November 22, 2019.

In 2018, Stephanie Montgomery was working as a dancer at a strip club in Los Angeles, both to pay her bills and help fund what she really wanted to do: establish a career as an artist. But her plan took a dark turn, when she alleges she was raped by a client.

She reported it to her manager and to local police. But after an investigation, no charges were laid.

Montgomery speaks with Out in the Open host Piya Chattopadhyay about how she turned to her art and created a striking billboard to proclaim her truth.

Stephanie Montgomery's painting displayed on a busy freeway in Los Angeles (Jay Kantor)

This story appears in the Out in the Open episode "DIY Justice".


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