Photography student Grace Brown is based in New York City and is pursuing her dream. What’s unique about Grace is her subject matter and the powerful project she’s created. ‘Unbreakable’ is her latest endeavor and is half user generated. It is a powerful, ongoing, series in which sexual abuse victims share their stories or often just a single quote spoken by their attacker.
19-year-old Grace Brown created the photo project Unbreakable to help ease the pain of sexual abuse survivors by asking them to hold up a poster on which they’ve written a quote from their attacker. Brown says, since the project’s commencement in October of last year, she’s been receiving hundreds of emails from those wanting to participate. " Sometimes people shared their stories with me – and sometimes, those stories were the first time they had ever told anyone."
While the photos often cover the faces of the individual holding up the quote from their attacker, they are filled with sentiment that you, as a viewer, can only empathize with. Some submissions are accompanied by stories, but it’s up to the person and how much they want to share.
One powerful post by Brown, on her blog, spoke of the sixth photo in the above gallery. “He was the first male I’ve ever gotten to photograph for this project; all the other men have been submissions. Men are slowly stepping forward for this. People are getting braver – showing their faces more, sharing more, and simply even participating.”
Brown is an advocate for speaking out about sexual abuse and is honest in stating she is not qualified to give professional help or certified advice. She hopes to travel across America to photograph and share her work to show others they aren’t alone.