2013 has certainly been a whirlwind year for FORCE. What started out as a humble collaboration between two Baltimore artists turned into a national movement faster than we could say, “upset rape culture”. We have come far in 2013 thanks to the support of hundreds of people like you.
We know that our work and the movement we are part of has much further to go. Consider making a donation to FORCE before 2013 is over and help us have an even more show-stopping 2014!!
Lets not forget to celebrate what we did!! Here are a few highlights from a trail-blazing, media-blitz filled year.
We made the internet explode with Pink Loves Consent!
(OK, so this panty prank technically happened in 2012, but it ended less than a year ago, so it makes the list.)
Last December, FORCE pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting a new line of consent-themed, anti-rape panties. “PINK loves CONSENT” made consent go viral and sparked an internet revolution. The action and internet aftermath got millions of people talking about consent, rape culture, and the sexual empowerment of women. You can read more about the campaign and people’s reaction in this Huff Post Article.
We floated a giant poem on the reflecting pool!
On Feb 14, 2013, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture floated 44 giant Styrofoam letters in the reflecting pool to spell, “I CAN’T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED BUT NO ONE ELSE REMEMBERS”. The poem, written by a survivor, highlights the isolating and silencing experience of rape in the United States. The poem was a demonstration for The Monument Project: a call to create a permanent memorial to survivors of rape and abuse.
We started a campaign for a national monument to survivors of rape and abuse.
The most common trauma of women remains confined to the sphere of private life, without formal recognition or restitution from the community. There is no public monument for rape survivors. -Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
The existing monuments on the national mall are places to honor the heroes of our history, to grieve the losses of violence, and to remember and reflect. When our nation remembers difficult parts of our history, we are better able to prevent injustice and atrocities from repeating. This important public process has not happened with sexual violence.
We believe in creating a national monument to survivors of rape and abuse because we want to live in a country that holds public space for survivors to heal. We believe in creating a national monument because we want to live in a country that believes rape can end.
With over 700 donors we raised over $26,000 for the Monument Quilt!
In just two short months over 700 people donated to our kickstarter campaign to raise over $26,000 for the Monument Quilt! The Monument Quilt by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture creates public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse. The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors, culminating in a historic display of collected fabric squares covering one mile of the National Mall and spelling “NOT ALONE”. In the lead up to this display, FORCE is organizing quilt making workshops across the country, giving communities a clear way to support survivors of rape and abuse.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AMAZING SUPPORTERS!!!!!
We presented at the national sexual assault conference and at universities and conferences across the country!
FORCE has been traveling across the country to teach consent workshops on college campuses. We have also been presenting about our tactics and using creative messaging at sexual assault conferences, including the National Sexual Assault Conference. Interested in bring us to your campus, conference or event? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We fooled the internet into believing that PLAYBOY was promoting consent.
In September 2013, FORCE tricked the internet into believing that Playboy had released an updated anti-rape party school guide dubbed, “The Ultimate Guide to a Consensual Good Time.” The Top Ten Party Commandments highlighted student visionaries ringing in an era of healthy, consensual sex. As the fake website proclaimed, ” A good college party is all about everyone having a good time. Consent is all about everyone having a good time. Rape is only a good time if you’re a rapist. And fuck those people.” Playboy postponed releasing their top ten guide as a result of the action.
FORCE published their own magazine as follow-up, titled “CONSENT: A Good Time For Everyone.” The online mag offers talking points about consent and ideas for consent-promoting actions. The magazine served as inspiration for the Consent Revolution Awards, a contest in which college students across the country entered their consensual-sex promoting actions.
And now we are in the middle of our LARGEST project ever, The Monument Quilt!
The Monument Quilt is a crowd-sourced collection of thousands of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. By stitching our stories together, we are creating and demanding public space to heal. The Monument Quilt is a platform to not only tell our stories, but work together to forever change how Americans respond to rape. We are creating a new culture where survivors are publicly supported rather than publicly shamed.
Sections of the quilt will be witnessed across the United States through a tour, quilt making workshops, and a historic display in our nation’s capitol. Blanketing over one mile of the National Mall, thousands of fabric squares will be stitched together to spell “NOT ALONE”. The Monument Quilt gives churches, schools, towns and our country clear and accessible steps to support survivors of rape and abuse when often, people don’t know where to begin. Through public recognition, the quilt reconnects survivors to their community.
In just a few short months we’ve….
- held our first public display of the quilt at Baltimore’s Penn Station.
- put together a team of over 30 volunteers to work on documentation, web design, translation, workshop outreach and more!
- have been donated an ENORMOUS studio space rent-free for one year, thanks to BARCO.
- have fiscal sponsorship through a partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art.
In early 2014 we will be rolling out…
- a guide for hosting a workshop.
- a new, interactive, bilingual website at themonumentquilt.org.
- The next public display of the Monument Quilt on Vday in Washington DC.
Want to see more radical anti-rape activism in 2014?
For 2014, we will also be working hard at collecting, documenting and touring the Monument Quilt. And we also have a couple tricks up our sleeves ;)! Help us make what’s next for FORCE possible with a donation TODAY!