Derek Hopkins is a Chicago-based artists whose mission is to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through contemporary art. As a survivor, he never wants a child to have to experience what he experienced. Through the co-founding of Childhood Fractured, he raises awareness through contemporary art and creates constructive public dialogue about this epidemic and the necessary measures, scientific, public, and otherwise, that it will take to end it.
He believes that art should have a social function of illuminating the areas of human existence that are least explored, unknown, and should work towards the betterment of people’s lives. Derek also is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, essays, and poetry and is a student at Northwestern University.