The Monument Quilt – Supporting Survivors of Rape and Abuse 10/11

The Begun Center’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) research team is helping host a free event on campus on Wed, Oct 11th, 2017 on the Quad (Euclid and Adelbert) — the Monument Quilt (see attached flyer for more info). The quilt will be displayed from 10-2. (In case of inclement weather, the quilt will be displayed inside the Tinkham Veale University Center, 11038 Bellflower Road.)

All are welcome. It’s free. Stop by and check it out.

The Monument Quilt is an on-going collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. Written, stitched, and painted onto red fabric, the 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, and builds a new culture where survivors are publicly supported, rather than publicly shamed. After visiting cities across America, thousands of fabric squares will blanket over one mile of the National Mall spelling “NOT ALONE.” To date, over 1,000 collected quilt squares have been collected and organized by Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, and have been displayed in 22 different cities across the US.

Survivors of rape and abuse, loved ones and supporters will have the opportunity to create a square during the quilt display. Resources for survivors and advocates from campus and community groups will be available.

As co-hosts, the SAK research team is looking for volunteers to (1) help set up, (2) help monitor, and (3) help take down the quilt. We are also seeking donations to help offset the cost of bringing the quilt to campus.

To volunteer:
Please email Rachel Lovell, Ph.D. [] if you are interested in volunteering. The Begun Center has slots open from 8 to 10 am for set up, 10 to 2 for monitoring (doesn’t need to be the entire time, you can sign up for 1-hour increments), and 2 to 3 pm for take down.

To donate:
The Begun Center will be accepting cash donations before the event. To donate, please bring cash to Maggie McGuire (in the open space in 375 — The Research Common areas of MSASS). You can also donate at the event location (on the day of).

Lastly, special thanks to the SAK team’s Misty Luminais for her hard work in bringing this to campus.