Day 1: introduction and recent picture.
My name is Andrea, you may call me Andy. I am a child of God, a daughter of my mother, a wife, an educator, and a balloon artist all wrapped up in a human vessel that I believe is nothing more than the outer layer of something with much more potential. I’m a lover with some fight in me. I seek the beauty, instead of the negativity of every situation. I wasn’t always this way.. Yes, I’ve changed. I believe that change is the only constant thing in life and death is the only guarantee. The rest is all up to us to make it happen. I always laugh, love and pray the hardest because in the end, that’s all that matters.. Happiness, loved ones and God.
SO. FUCKING. IMPORTANT.
Learning to speak to children in a constructive, positively reinforcing, non-abusive way (which was hard to unlearn due to my own abuse) is one of the most important things i have ever learned to do. It’s also dramatically changed how i speak with adults.
Grace Brown has photographed hundreds of survivors and received submissions from thousands more since starting Project Unbreakable in October 2011. Her images document the threatening, demeaning and downright misguided comments that sexual abusers use to torment and subdue their victims.
Some pictures capture a particularly haunting aspect of sexual victimization: so-called “corrective rape,” a hate crime used against LGBT people as punishment or in the belief that forcing them to have heterosexual sex will “cure” them of their homosexuality.