Prevention Tuesday- A Picture That is Worth 1,000 Words

In Prevention on February 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

Hi all!My name is Erin, and I am one of the new prevention specialists.  This is my first post on the blog, and I wanted to share something cool that I found recently with all of you. It’s called Project Unbreakable, and it was started last October by a photographer named Grace Jones. From the website:“Grace uses photography to help heal sexual abuse survivors by photographing them with posters that hold quotes from their attackers. Rape survivor and advocate for victims of sexual abuse, Yvonne Moss, describes the project as a way for victims to take the power back of the words that were once used against them.”The pictures are extremely powerful. Some survivors choose to cover their faces with their posters, others choose to hold their posters in front of them and smile. They represent survivors of child sexual abuse, partner abuse, and more. Each photograph reminds the viewer of the individuality of the survivors, but also reveals the marked similarities between their attacks. While Jones does most of the photography for the project, she does have an option for people to submit photos of themselves through her Tumblr. Some of the most poignant pictures are those of male survivors. One of the men featured on the project stated “my therapist tells me that male victims are generally less likely to come forward, and that is a trend I would very much like to see reversed.” I love this project because it’s a grassroots effort at fighting back against the shame and silence surrounding abuse. It’s not a huge campaign by a national organization; it’s just a person who decided that this might be an empowering thing to do. I believe that projects like this, where people are inspired to bring change to their individual communities and then share it on a broader scale, are truly what will begin to dismantle sexual violence. I think that the number of pictures Jones has received as submissions is proof that people are ready to stop the shaming and instead share their stories, so that others can have the courage to do so as well. If you would like to check out Jones’ work, head over to her Tumblr at www.projectunbreakable.tumblr.com. You can also watch this video about the project, which is currently accepting donations:<iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/36064941?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0” width=”400″ height=”225″ frameborder=”0″ webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/36064941″>Project Unbreakable</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/ninogallego”>Nino Gallego</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>

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