How far would you go to tell a story?
In 2004, Voices and Faces Project founder Anne K. Ream and documentary photographer Patricia Evans embarked on a unique journey. Their goal was to document the stories of survivors who have been shaped – but refuse to be defined – by the gender-based violence they have lived through. Anne and Patricia believed that putting names and faces on an issue that too often leaves its victims silent and invisible could change the way the public sees gender-based violence. And the way that survivors of such violence see themselves.
The resulting book of narrative and photographic profiles – Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors – is the end result of their journey. Part personal history of Anne’s experience rebuilding her own life in the wake of violence, part memoir of a multi-year, multi-country journey spent listening to survivors, Lived Through This is at once deeply personal, and resolutely political. The survivors profiled in the pages of Lived Through This aren’t sharing their testimonies because doing so is healing—although it can be—but because it is necessary in a world that too often underestimates the scope and scale of gender-based violence in the US, and beyond our borders.