No One

NO ONE

 

Whenever I see her silent scream

Wish I could wake up, not a dream

Never forget that plundering night by the window

They heard her scream

She’ll never forget the face

Of the man who took her vitality

 

Never thought this could go so far

The taste, the touch of pungent lust

A friend’s feigned innocence, betrayal

Was she warned in the past

While the wicked eyed it

She can trust no one

 

No one

Whisper silent

They witnessed

Now they all shun her

She’s all alone

What has she done

She’s done nothing\

Now she trusts no one, no one

 

Why, why do we blame her for this crime

Why do we blame the victim blind

Why do we do it

When we can see how it’s affected them

Their whole world

 

Why do we do it

How can she trust anyone

Why should she trust anyone

 

No one

Whisper silent

They witnessed

Now they all shun her

She’s all alone

What has she done

She’s done nothing

Now she trusts no one, no one

 

 

This song is about date rape, a subject which people were becoming more & more aware of at the time this song was written.  Annie studied domestic violence in school, and felt that it was an important subject that needed to be talked about, especially among young people.

 

Annie took classes in Reno for video production, editing, and camera techniques, so the band could produce their own music videos.  The band started rolling videotape for a music video on January 1, 1998, but the music video never got finished.  Instead, Annie incorporated some of that footage into a 45-minute educational piece about Dating & Domestic Violence, entitled “Her Silent Scream”, which was aired on the community television station in Reno.  (It was also approved to be aired in classrooms throughout the Greater Reno Area, but Annie never got around to making copies of the video for all the schools.)  The TV Station Manager suggested she submit that piece for a Western Access Video Excellence (W.A.V.E.) Award, a video competition among community television stations throughout 6 Western states.  This award, created by the Alliance for Community Media – Western States Region, happens annually, and Annie’s project was entered into 3 categories: Educational Access, Programming By/For Youth, and Community Issues.  “Her Silent Scream” won 1st place in the Educational Access category in 1998, making Annie an award-winning video producer.

 

At this time, video editing at the TV station was still analog (very time-consuming!) … digital editing was just coming out, and this small community station did not yet have the funds to purchase all the new equipment.  Anyone who was making a video production was only allowed 4 hours/week in the editing suites, since the demand was large.  Annie was in that editing suite 4 hours every week that year, until the early August morning that Jaded moved from Reno to Seattle, when Annie rushed in to the station to do final edits for “Her Silent Scream”, and submitted it to the station for airing.  A month or two later, Annie got the call from the station manager, suggesting she submit the project for a W.A.V.E. Award.  Annie was unable to be present at the Awards show that year, but if she knew she was going to win, she probably would have made it a point to attend!

 

A copy of “Her Silent Scream” is kept in Annie’s archives on a VHS tape.

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