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‘Project Unbreakable’ to come to Penn State

by on March 27, 2014 9:55 AM

UNIVERSITY PARK — In an effort to honor women and raise awareness about sexual violence, Penn State’s Center for Women Students has partnered with the Smeal College of Business Sapphire Leadership Program to present “Project Unbreakable: An Evening with Grace Brown” at 6:30 p.m. on March 31 at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Project Unbreakable, a Tumblr blog created by Brown, aims to increase awareness of sexual violence and encourage healing through art. Since the project’s conception in 2011 by then 19-year-old Brown, it has featured more than 2,000 imagines of sexual violence survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers, according to a press release by Penn State’s Center for Women Students.

Brown travels to colleges and universities around North America to discuss the importance of sexual violence awareness and to showcase the work of Project Unbreakable.

Brown, a 21-year-old photographer and public speaker from Massachusetts, shares on her website how the project came to be: “I’ve always been surrounded by survivors of sexual assault. One night in October, I was out with a friend and she chose to share her story with me. Though I had heard about a dozen stories prior, this story particularly affected me and forced me to realize how common this tragedy was. I woke up the next day with the idea for Project Unbreakable.”

 “If you look through a few of the posts on the Project Unbreakable blog, you likely will feel both heartache for the survivors who have had to endure so much and pride for those same survivors, all of whom are courageous in sharing their stories,” Jennifer Pencek, program coordinator at the center for women students, said in the release. “Sexual violence does not discriminate, and our goal with this event is to provide an opportunity for education and empowerment.”

Project Unbreakable can be accessed at http://projectunbreakable.tumblr.com. Submissions can be sent to [email protected].

Held in Heritage Hall, the event will also feature Kaelyn Siversky, executive director of Project Unbreakable.

According to its website, Project Unbreakable has been featured in various media outlets, including Glamour, TIME, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. Project Unbreakable is not qualified to give certified advice on this subject. Those who are struggling may call the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, a free, confidential 24-hour sexual assault hotline: (800) 656-HOPE. RAINN may be accessed online at https://ohl.rainn.org/online.

For more information on the center for women students or March 31’s event, call (814) 863-2027 or visit studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter.

 

IF YOU GO

What: Project Unbreakable: An Evening with Grace Brown

When: 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 31

Where: HUB-Robeson Center

More info: Call (814) 863-2027 or visit studentaffairs.psu.edu/womenscenter.



Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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