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Because silence is the
enemy of change.

When we founded The Voices and Faces Project in 2004, we did so with the stories of 5 survivors of sexual violence and a simple but ambitious goal: to put names and faces on an issue that too often leaves its victims silent and invisible. We knew that to stop rape and sexual trafficking we needed to start talking. We believed then, as we do now, that silence is the enemy of change.

The good news is that our voices are changing things. 5 years after our documentary project became a national non-profit organization, our collective of 5 survivors has grown to over 300. We’ve traveled to 31 US states and 3 continents to share our stories…launched "The Stories We Tell," the country’s first two-day writing workshop for victims of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking… and received the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s "Visionary Voice Award" at a 2011 Clinton Presidential Center ceremony. Recently named one of "America’s Best Charities," The Voices and Faces Project has received national attention as a model for the marriage of new media and survivor storytelling.

After hearing Voices and Faces Project founder Anne Ream speak about our work, Judge Susan B. Carbon, Director, Office on Violence Against Women at the United States Department of Justice, summarized the power of survivor voices during her own monthly address: "I am forever impressed by and indebted to those who have the courage and fortitude to speak out and teach us that which many of us, fortunately, have not had to experience ourselves. One of Anne Ream’s statements continues to resonate with me: 'In a moment of terror, you are so utterly transformed that you become a stranger to yourself.'"
Every survivor story matters – and has the potential to change minds, hearts and public policies by illuminating the human costs of sexual violence and trafficking. But we can’t continue to bring our stories to the attention of the public without your support.
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The Chicago Tribune recognizes our Voices and Faces Project work.
On December 4th, The Chicago Tribune Magazine profiled Voices and Faces Project Founder Anne Ream as part of their “Remarkable Women” series. Read the profile, and find out more about Anne, the genesis of our work, and the ways we are making a difference.

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