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Sexual Assault Survivors Covered The Lawn Of The U.S. Capitol Building With 100 Red Quilts

"We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.”

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The U.S. Capitol Building's lawn was covered with over 100 red quilts on Saturday, March 1st.

We're setting up the Monument Quilt display on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. Can't wait to see you at 1pm!

FORCE@upsettingrape

We're setting up the Monument Quilt display on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. Can't wait to see you at 1pm!

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The event is a part of The Monument Quilt project and was organized by FORCE, an organization dedicated to "upsetting rape culture."

Stitching together our stories to create public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse.

FORCE@upsettingrape

Stitching together our stories to create public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse.

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The goal of this project is to create a public space for victims of rape and assault to heal.

FORCE co-founder Hannah announces the upcoming summer tour of the Monument Quilt across the US.

FORCE@upsettingrape

FORCE co-founder Hannah announces the upcoming summer tour of the Monument Quilt across the US.

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Some survivors shared their own stories and experiences on individual quilts.

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Others quilted important messages about consent.

And addressed victim-blaming statements.

Over the next two years, FORCE will be collecting more quilt squares.

The final product will eventually cover one mile of the national mall and spell: “NOT ALONE."

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"The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but work together to forever change how the U.S. public responds to rape," the organization wrote.

"We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed."

Learn more about The Monument Quilt and how to share your own story.