THE MONUMENT PROJECT

The most common trauma of women remains confined to the sphere of private life, without formal recognition or restitution from the community. There is no public monument for rape survivors.
-Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery

The existing monuments on the national mall are places to honor the heroes of our history, to grieve the losses of violence, and to remember and reflect. When our nation remembers difficult parts of our history, we are better able to prevent injustice and atrocities from repeating. This important public process has not happened with sexual violence.

We believe in creating a national monument to survivors of rape and abuse because we want to live in a country that holds public space for survivors to heal. We believe in creating a national monument because we want to live in a country that believes rape can end.

As an art and activist campaign, FORCE is installing temporary monuments to survivors of rape and abuse on the national mall as a call to create a permanent monument. Our next and largest temporary monument to date is the Monument Quilt, which will blanket the lawn of the national mall with stories from survivors of rape and abuse.





 

 

The Monument Quilt

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