Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Voices and Faces Project

The Chicago Tribune reported today on the Voices and Faces Project, which tells the stories of women who have recovered their lives after rape and shows their faces in black-and-white portraits. Check it out.

Far too often victims of sexual abuse are afraid to speak up and don’t know where to go for support. TYL hopes this project is a success.

1 Comments:

At 12:28 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

I never realized until I started telling my own story how many other women have lived through the physical, psychic and spiritual brutality of rape. In fact, I have yet to encounter someone who does not at least personally know someone who has survived a sexual assault. Despite such, recovering from rape is all too often a solitary experience. There is an isolating sadness that comes both with the rememberance of your own story and with the acknowledgment of how many others share your road to wholeness. In pain, numbers often bring solidarity and power, but in the pain of rape, those numbers tend to highlight the shared tragedy and sorrow. It is not the sharing of our stories of rape that bring healing, but the sharing of our stories of regaining wholeness and identity and our sense of self that give encouragement and solace. For me, the acceptance that who I am today, that the woman I am proud to be, has been shaped by my rape, was what brought the most healing to my life. I would not be the woman I am today had it not happened and I honestly like the woman I am today.

Maggie

 

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