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The Survivor Dress Project
$460 raised
115% of $400 goal
13 contributors
4 Years running
I am raising money to help fund a photography project to promote awareness and healing for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. I am taking portraits of survivors and collecting quotes on what advice they would give to others in similar situations ...
I am raising money to help fund a photography project to promote awareness and healing for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. I am taking portraits of survivors and collecting quotes on what advice they would give to others in similar situations as well as any methods of healing they found. The portraits and quotes are then to be printed on fabric and sewn into a dress, which is a stab at the horrible notion that "women are ASKING for it" when wearing short skirts or dresses. The portraits are not meant to degrade victims, but rather to show them exactly as they are; as the sisters, daughters, and friends that they truly are. Through love, compassion, community and art this project aims to be a healing process for all participants.

I have received an overwhelmingly touching amount of support from survivors who wish to take part in this project. Each person has their own story, some willing to share and others wishing to remain anonymus. Of those seeking anonymity, their faces will be concealed from their portraits. This project is very personal to me; at 17 I was sexually assaulted and for years felt guilty and responsible for my attackers actions. I hope that by speaking up and speaking out we can attempt to alter the stigma attached to sexual violence and help each other to heal and move forward.

I am also accepting submissions of self portraits for those who live out of the New England area. Anyone interested in participating in this project can contact me directly via email at laurenengley@gmail.com.

I am asking for funds to help cover the cost of material, photographic chemicals, and travel expenses involved in undertaking this project. All who donate will be personally recognized and thanked through our tumblr page and will be invited to attend the gallery opening where this dress will be exhibited.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, every little bit helps!

With Love,
Lauren
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