The Voices and Faces Project has been on my radar for a while. They have a post for a summer internship on the Idealist, they’re linked to at various sites (including at the end of the “Off the Beaten Path” exhibition), they seem to be everywhere! And for good reason.
This organization is a nonprofit national network for survivors of sexual assault and abuse. They’re collecting survivors’ stories and compiling them into a documentary promoting solidarity and healing for rape victims. The group is politically active, lobbying politicians and reaching the public through its speakers bureau. Initiatives such as the US’s first creative writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence and trafficking are what makes this organization so effective and so important.
You can read survivor’s stories on their website. It shows very clearly that there is no set “type” of victim. Everyone has a different story, a different background, and a different way of processing and recovering.. One survivor says in her story, “This didn’t happen to me because of anything that I had done. If there is a reason that it happened, it happened because of what I’m going to do to change things”.
If you’d like to donate to their organization you can do so here.
If you want to work with them, their internship posting still seems to be up (and they’re listed as having a fall position). If you’re based in Chicago, you have a passion for art and social change, basic office skills, and the ability to work with social media and plan events you may be a good fit! Check it out here.