FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

  • MD


120 W North Ave
United States

About Us

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is an artistic activist effort to promote a culture of consent and create public healing spaces by and for survivors of rape and abuse.

The Monument Quilt by FORCE is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, our stories are displayed in city and town centers to create and demand public space to heal. The quilt resists the popular and narrow narrative of how sexual violence occurs by telling many stories, not one. The quilt builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed.

To date, over 1,500 collected quilt squares have been displayed in 25 different cities across the US (read more on CNN and MSNBC). As the quilt continues to grow, survivors, loved ones and supporters are encouraged to make a square. In a culminating display in 2017 in Washington DC, 6,000 fabric squares will blanket over one mile of the national mall to spell “Not Alone.”