A 19-year-old girl, Grace Brown, founded Project Unbreakable in October 2011, with the goal to heal victims of sexual assault through sharing stories.
Three years since she started photographing survivors, the project has showcased over 3,000 people's stories in a collection of photos. The victims are seen holding posters with distressing quotes from their assailants.
The purpose behind the project is “to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art.”
Brown's project highlights the trauma that survivors face through heartbreaking things that were said to them by their attackers, friends and family members.
Surprisingly, some of the most heartbreaking things were said to them by their loved ones when they finally broke the silence around what happened to them.
This chilling statements allow for sexual assault to be a source of shame for the victims while offenders go unreported.
According to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network, 60 percent of sexual assault cases are not reported to the police and over 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail.
For society to rid itself off this evil, conversation around this is necessary.
Kudos to this project for creating a safe space to share stories and heal.
For more information about Project Unbreakable, visit their blog and watch this video below: