Teenager Hannah Tamberelli is fighting to have the word “rape” removed from her name after her parents fought against it.
The 18-year-old told MTV News that she started to fight the removal of the tattoo because she believed it was “wrong to have a word that is meant to be degrading”.
“I don’t like it because I think it is derogatory,” she said.
“It’s not supposed to be a compliment.
It’s not meant to insult you.
It was just meant to make me feel different.”
It was very hurtful, so I was like, ‘Well, why not just remove it?
Why not just say ‘I am not a rapist?
I’m not a sex offender?’.
“That’s the only way I know how to fight it.”
In February, the tattoo company responsible for Hannah’s tattoo, Avanti, said they would not be removing the word.
The company had a history of taking action against young people for “unwanted” tattoos and Hannah’s story has been shared by many, including rapper Killer Mike.
But the tattoo industry has come out in support of Hannah.
A spokesperson for the American Tattoo Association said: “We support any young person who wishes to express their personal opinions, including tattoos.
We’re also disappointed that the media has chosen to sensationalise this story.””
There are many young people who feel the need to be controversial in order to express themselves and be heard.
They should not be silenced.”