Our Mission: To create a national network of survivors willing to stand up and speak out about sexual violence
The Voices and Faces Project is an award-winning documentary initiative created to bring the names, faces and stories of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking to the attention of the public. A past finalist for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Documentary Prize, The Voices and Faces Project was recently recognized by the United States Department of Justice as “a leader in the growing movement of young pioneers who are coming forward with new ideas in the fight to end violence." Through its lobbying and speakers bureau, websites (voicesandfaces.org and counterquo.org), sexual violence survivor story archive and a series of documentary and creative projects—including the country's first creative writing workshop for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and trafficking—The Voices and Faces Project seeks to change minds, hearts and public policies on sexual violence and exploitation. The Voices and Faces Project is a national 501c3 non-profit organization.
Our Belief: To stop rape we need to start talking
For too long, survivors of rape and sexual abuse have been shamed into silence and invisibility. Even today, the media regularly blots out survivor faces and names, a practice that protects but also further isolates those of us who have been raped and abused. Participants in The Voices and Faces Project are speaking truth to both power and perpetrator. We are sharing our names, faces and stories in order to shift the national and international discourse on rape and abuse—a discourse in which victims are too often blamed, perpetrators too infrequently held accountable.
Our Initiatives: Political, cultural and creative
Civic and political engagement is a critical component of The Voices and Faces Project. Our Speakers Bureau and Community Outreach Program make our survivor and advocate participants available to community groups, legislators, policymakers and the media, with the end goal of providing both a personal and political perspective on sexual assault.
Our participants have shared their stories with the United Nations Global Report On Violence Against Children...consulted with the Congressional Commission investigating sexual assault in the military...lobbied for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act...spoken to dozens of community groups...and appeared in local and national media, speaking to the social costs of sexual violence.
Through The Voices and Faces Project permanent archive, we are building a valuable resource for advocates, policymakers and all who seek to better understand the long-term impact of rape and abuse. By compiling stories through our interactive survivor survey and testimonial writing workshop where survivors write about the injustice that they have lived or witnessed, we are building an ever-expanding and first-of-its-kind record of the impact of rape and abuse on individuals, families and communities.
The Voices and Faces Project book, audio documentary, and photographic exhibition are just three of the initiatives our survivors are currently participating in. All of these creative projects are being developed by rape survivors, for the broader community, with the end goal of addressing the complexities of rape and abuse in a creative and politically compelling way.