College Feminists hosts anti-sexual violence photography project

Mariana Alfaro, Assistant Campus Editor

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Northwestern’s College Feminists hosted Project Unbreakable, a group that aims to increase awareness against sexual violence and abuse, Tuesday night at Annenberg Hall.

According to the group’s website, the online photography project aims to “increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence, and encourage the act of healing through art.”

The project, started by Grace Brown, a photographer and activist against violence, collects photographs from victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence around the world holding quotations from their assailants and displays them online to allow victims to express their emotions. The project also aims to increase awareness of violence and to stop stereotypes that perpetuate abuse.

Project Unbreakable offered a presentation in Annenberg Hall where two representatives introduced the organization to about 25 audience members. They also spoke about the significance of having a conversation about sexual assault on campus and emphasized the importance of campus resources that often go unused.

Weinberg senior Elizabeth Böhl, the president of College Feminists, agreed that many groups on campus work to have a conversation against sexual assault and violence.

“I think communities on campus like (Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators) and (Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault) and College Feminists all do a great job maintaining a truthful discussion of sexual assault on college campus and consent,” she said.

Campus resources like Counseling and Psychological Services, the Women’s Center and the Center for Awareness, Response and Education offer counseling services for members of the NU community and were mentioned during the event.

Weinberg sophomore Arielle Zimmerman, a member of College Feminists, said it is important to continue to create safe environments for survivors of sexual assault.

“That’s one of the things College Feminists always strive to do,” Zimmerman said. “We just like to provide as many spaces as we can so they can share their stories and feel comfortable.”

Groups like these, she says, are necessary to give victims a voice and advocating for change and increased discussion about sexual assault.

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