“The Monument Quilt: a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse. The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.
To date, over 1,000 collected quilt squares have been displayed in 22 different cities across the US (read more on CNN and MSNBC). As the quilt continues to grow, survivors, loved ones and supporters are encouraged to make a square. In a culminating display in Washington DC, 6,000 fabric squares will blanket over one mile of the national mall to spell “Not Alone.”
The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal.
The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but work together to forever change how Americans respond to rape.
We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.”
image courtesy of the Monument Quilt webpage
Sign up to participate in an area near you!
And in other news: here’s #ProjectUnbreakable – another reach out, speak up “call” for survivors!
Project Unbreakable was created in October of 2011 by Grace Brown. Grace works with survivors of sexual assault, photographing them holding a poster with a quote from their attacker. Grace has photographed over a hundred people, received over eight hundred submissions. TIME magazine has also named it one of the top 30 Tumblr blogs to follow.
If you are interested in participating by submitting in your own image, you may send an email to projectunbreakablesubmissions @gmail.com, and the pictures will appear at olapic.com/photos/projectunbreakable. If you are interested in being photographed, you may send her an email at projectunbreakable @gmail.com with the subject line “Photograph Me.”
Note: Grace, or anyone else associated with this project, is not qualified to give certified advice on this subject. If you are struggling, RAINN has a free, confidential, 24/7 sexual assault hotline: 1.800.656.HOPE(4673). RAINN also has an online hotline: https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
“Pandora’s Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, support, and resources to survivors of rape and sexual abuse and their friends and family. We have been devoted to recovery and healing since 1999.
Pandora’s Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora’s Aquarium. We believe that connecting with other rape and sexual abuse survivors is an important part of healing. Our online support group includes a message board, chat room, and blogs. It is free to join and is safely moderated by a diverse group of survivors.
If you are in crisis or need professional support now, check out these resources to find the help you deserve: Crisis Support & Hotlines
Pandora’s Project is staffed entirely by volunteers. To make a tax-deductible donation to support our work, please visit our donations page.
What We Offer
Pandora’s Project offers a message board and chat room, free lending library, and numerous articles and resources. We welcome all survivors of sexual violence. If you’ve been a victim of stranger rape, acquaintance or date rape, molestation, incest, childhood sexual abuse, partner or marital rape, gang rape, or any other type of sexual assault, you are welcome here as you recover and reclaim your life.
Healing knows no timeline. If you were just raped or were sexually abused when you were a child, if this is your first step in recovery or you’ve already been through counseling and want to connect with other survivors, Pandora’s Project is here to support you. The rape and sexual abuse online support group has specific forums for men and women, teens and older survivors, LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) rape and sexual abuse survivors, and friends and family of survivors.
You will also find support for issues common in healing after rape, sexual assault, & sexual abuse: flashbacks, depression, and PTSD; self-injury and self-harm; eating disorders; relationships, sex & intimacy; spirituality; pregnancy & parenting; & legal concerns.
Please know that you are not alone. As a rape or sexual abuse survivor, you may feel isolated, like no one understands. Please don’t be afraid to explore this site and register on the discussion forums to see what we can offer you. It can be very difficult to reach out; consider reading the testimonials from other rape and sexual abuse survivors to read about the friendship, advice, and help our online support group, message board and chat room can provide.
What Pandora’s Project has to offer you:
Learn more about our projects and programs
Read about how Tori Amos inspired this organization and its name
See what’s new
Explore our extensive list of articles about rape and sexual abuse
Visit the online support group and chat room
Read transcripts of chats we’ve had with experts and activists
Learn the definitions of rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault
Check out our newsletters and sign up for the mailing list
Browse our reading list
Borrow books through the lending library (we now have an Australian Branch!)
Learn how to get involved
Donate to Pandora’s Project
For other interested parties, we offer:
Assistance to researchers studying sexual violence
Media interviews with our leadership on a range of sexual assault-related subjects
Support for partners, friends and family of survivors
The myth of Pandora taught us that there is evil in the world. But after Pandora’s box was opened, one thing remained: Hope. Though rape and sexual abuse can have lasting effects, recovery from sexual violence is possible. We are here to help you on your journey.
Message board for sexual abuse and rape victim / survivors
Join Us on Facebook!
See our page, with inspirational quotes, news stories, healing book giveaways and much more.
Finding Hope: I am a Survivor:
Think you’re alone? Watch our video, Finding Hope – featuring a diverse group of sexual violence survivors come together to deliver a powerful message of thriving after rape and abuse.
Kacy, a sexual abuse survivor:
“Pandora’s has opened my mind and touched my soul.” Read more…
Crystal, a child rape survivor:
“I wanted to become free – I wanted to become safe.” Read more…
Our Twitter Feed…
Rape happens to as many as 1 woman in 4.
It crosses ethnic, racial, economic and social boundaries.
Join the conversation”
For survivors of trauma, sexual abuse, assault or rape – find strength and help at these website links:
About Rape Outcry:
Breaking Apathy – Growing Compassion – Declaring Freedom
Rape Outcry’s Mission is to empower, support and raise awareness, particularly amongst youth, that rape is unacceptable so that the attitudes and behaviours of perpetrators, potential-victims and rape survivors change to lessen the incidence of rape in our lives. We have a three-fold focus of prevention, support and rehabilitation through awareness campaigns which utilize posters, multimedia resources, psycho-educational workshops and art-therapeutic courses for men, women and children.
Contact (South Africa) CEO, Jenna-Lee Procter on 082 815 6446.
RAPE CRISIS (CAPE TOWN TRUST)
RAPE CRISIS NETWORK EUROPE
THE RAPE CRISIS CENTER (USA) serving children, women and men (24 hour hotline)
recommended reading (links via amazon):
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