“Shut up and pretend you like it.”
These were the words that were uttered by a sexual perpetrator to his victim during her assault. As you should know (but may not), sexual assault happens way too often in this world, and in this country. It is estimated that every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Though the numbers have indeed dropped over the years (decreased by 60% since 1993) the numbers are still overwhelming and we are left with victims—men, women, little boys and girls and disabled persons, of all colors, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. Sexual assault has no limits.
According to RAINN, the number of victims on an annual basis amounts to over 200,000—keep in mind many assaults aren’t even reported. Sometimes, the perpetrator gets convicted, put in jail and other times nothing even happens.
But what happens to all of the people who were violated, abused and mistreated? They are left mentally, physically and emotionally altered.
They need some form of healing, right?
Fortunately, Grace Brown, a twenty-year-old living in New York City created Project Unbreakable to help survivors deal with their attacks and heal through a creative process. Brown travels around the United States, having survivors write on a poster the words that their attacker said to them. They are then photographed by Brown and featured on the Tumblr website, which TIME named one of the 30 blogs to follow. Photographs can also be submitted to the project.
Project Unbreakable reminds us all that art plays a big role in healing and growing and that it really takes just one person with one incredible idea to change the world around them.
If you or anyone you know are dealing with the remnants of a sexual attack, please call for help to 1-800-656-HOPE (4673.)