On Feb 14, 2013, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture floated 44 giant Styrofoam letters in the reflecting pool to spell, “I CAN’T FORGET WHAT HAPPENED BUT NO ONE ELSE REMEMBERS”. The poem, which I wrote as a survivor, highlights the isolating and silencing experience of rape in the United States. The poem was a call to create a permanent memorial to survivors of rape and abuse.
I co-founded FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture in 2010. By and for survivors, FORCE is an art and organizing collective. Nationally known for producing large-scale public art, FORCE believes that a more difficult and honest conversation needs to happen in order to face the realities of sexual violence. FORCE is currently collectively led by Charnell Covert, E Cadoux, me, Shanti Flagg, and Mora Fernandez. For further information, visit FORCE’s website.