Project Unbreakable

20 Apr

Trigger warning: This is a post about Project Unbreakable, a photography project aimed at helping sexual abuse survivors take the power back of the words that were once used against them. It contains a photo and a video, both of which are safe for work (no graphic or disturbing imagery) but deal with the words and effects of sexual abuse. 

I do this for every man and every woman who has ever been a survivor of sexual abuse.” ~Grace Brown


Project Unbreakable

Project Unbreakable

From the write-up at Jezebel:

“Grace Brown, a 19-year-old freshman at The School of Visual Arts in New York, came up with the idea in October after a friend confessed that she had experienced sexual assault. It wasn’t the first time that someone had disclosed this to her. Going to bed that night she thought about what she could do to help her friend and others like her come to terms with what had happened, and by morning Project Unbreakable was born. Brown asks participants to write words that their attackers used on a piece of cardboard, and photographs them with the aim of diffusing the strength of the words and aid in the healing process.” ~ read more 

Every two minutes someone in the United States is Sexually Assaulted. That means that in the time it takes you to watch this video, somebody will become a victim.”

You can find out more about Project Unbreakable on ABC news, the Melissa Harris-Perry blog, The Guardian, GUP magazine, the New York Daily News, and Boing Boing.

I found out about Project Unbreakable when a friend of mind posted her picture there.

4 Responses to “Project Unbreakable”

  1. Andrew Douglass April 22, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    I wrote an deleted several inadequate comments, and now just want to link the cool necklace someone sent to the project creator, who now finds herself inundated with thousands of pictures.

  2. Eliza R. April 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Thank you Andrew, that is beautiful.

  3. Scabs May 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    This woman has such a power and vision. Sexual abuse comes in many forms and is absolutely destructive from the tiniest bit of pornography to the unthinkable acts of rape.

    She is so brave to speak out and to speak out so loudly. Each one of those quotes struck me.

  4. Joey October 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    Awesome project, i love this … but where are the boys?

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