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Monument quilt provides public healing space for sexual violence survivors

Monument quilt (Source: WAFB) Monument quilt (Source: WAFB)
Monument quilt (Source: WAFB) Monument quilt (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A monument quilt to help sexual violence survivors was on display in downtown Baton Rouge Tuesday. 

The quilt, which is larger than two basketball courts, contains the stories of sexual violence survivors. The goal of the project is to help create a public healing space for survivors of rape and abuse. The Capital city is one of a dozen of stops across the country.

"It is incredibly important to highlight survivor stories because many of them live in silence," says Racheal Hebert with the Sexual Trauma Awareness Center (STAR). "When they come forward, they feel stigmatized, like they're to blame or shameful. Really having a public display makes people feel more comfortable and not alone."

STAR was a partner for the event. 

The two-year goal is to have the quilt stretch a mile on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Organizers say in the United States, one in three women, one in three transgender people and one in six men will be raped or abused in their lifetime. Women are twice as likely to experience rape as breast cancer.

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