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The Monument Quilt is a participatory art project that creates public space for survivors of rape and abuse to heal.

About this project

This summer, the quilt is going on tour! 

By assembling the stories of individual survivors and allies, FORCE is painting public space throughout the country (and ultimately, at the National Mall, in our country's most prominent public space) to upset the culture that otherwise entrenches us. The Monument Quilt is a creative project that provides a participatory platform to tell our stories while working together to forever change how people in the US respond to rape. By constructing public space for healing, we are creating a new reality where survivors are supported rather than blamed and shamed.

At our first display in DC, visitors gather at the quilt to support survivors. Theresa Keil Photography
At our first display in DC, visitors gather at the quilt to support survivors. Theresa Keil Photography

The 2014 tour will give cities and towns the opportunity to witness the quilt and engage in the project. The crowd sourced quilt will transform community response to rape survivors, through this highly visible, participatory event. The tour will make 10 stops in cities, towns and communities across the Eastern half of the United States. We are going to work with artists, schools, churches, advocacy groups, crisis centers and community organizations in each city to plan their display. 

Visitors can interact with the quilt by writing their own reflections. Image by Mark Webster.
Visitors can interact with the quilt by writing their own reflections. Image by Mark Webster.

At each display attendees will be able to witness survivor’s stories, write their own reflections, enjoy cookies, listen to music and speeches, and join in community. The tour will strengthen and deepen the impact of the Monument Quilt by engaging communities on the ground. 

Each quilt contains a survivor's story or a message of support. People across the country are invited to submit a quilt square.
Each quilt contains a survivor's story or a message of support. People across the country are invited to submit a quilt square.

 What are the stops for the quilt tour? Force is still finalizing the route. Stay tuned for updates on locations and dates. Tour stops are determined by local interest and partner organizations. If you are interested in bringing the Monument Quilt to your town contact us at upsettingrapeculture@gmail.com

We need you! To pay for the display materials, gas, lodging, permits and more we need to raise $15,000. Every contribution of any amount helps! In addition to donating to the monument quilt there are many ways to get involved- from making a quilt square to hosting an event. You can check the website- TheMonumentQuilt.org- to find out more details.

"Sexual violence is more than just a crime against individuals. It tears apart the fabric of our communities." -President Barack Obama
"Sexual violence is more than just a crime against individuals. It tears apart the fabric of our communities." -President Barack Obama

And please- STAY INVOLVED! We need your help to spread the word. You can LIKE us at facebook.com/upsettingrapeculture and FOLLOW us on Twitter via @upsettingrape. Tell other fans! Tell co-workers, classmates, friends, and consent enthusiasts. And of course, keep checking here for more updates!

Thank you for your support and please share this project far and wide.

Here are some of the gear you'll get in return for supporting the project.

When you give $15 or more, get From Baltimore With Love, a compilation of amazing Baltimore musicians
When you give $15 or more, get From Baltimore With Love, a compilation of amazing Baltimore musicians
For $25 or more, get a pair of Ask First briefs
For $25 or more, get a pair of Ask First briefs
$5 or more and you can take your activism to end rape on the road.
$5 or more and you can take your activism to end rape on the road.
Shot glass designed by artist Ellen Nielsen, based on her submission to the Monument Quilt
Shot glass designed by artist Ellen Nielsen, based on her submission to the Monument Quilt
For $25 and up, we'll send you a 10 pack of postcards featuring pictures from each stop of the tour.
For $25 and up, we'll send you a 10 pack of postcards featuring pictures from each stop of the tour.
$35 and up gets you an Ask First tee
$35 and up gets you an Ask First tee
You can spread the word about the Monument Quilt for a $35 gift
You can spread the word about the Monument Quilt for a $35 gift

Remember, in addition to giving to the kickstarter, you can participate by hosting a quilt square making workshop or making your own square.

Click here to learn how to make your own quilt square.
Click here to learn how to make your own quilt square.

 About FORCE

FORCE recently received international press for pretending to be Playboy releasing a “Top Ten Party Commandments” guide to consensual sex for college students. 

The fake Playboy Party School list highlighted student groups who are making consent cool.
The fake Playboy Party School list highlighted student groups who are making consent cool.

Force is also widely known for our viral panty prank, where we pretended to be Victoria’s Secret promoting consent themed slogans on undies and thongs

A page from the Pink Loves Consent parody site
A page from the Pink Loves Consent parody site

In November 2013, we projected “RAPE IS RAPE” onto the US Capitol Building, and floated a poem written by a survivor in the reflecting pool of the lincoln memorial.

Our work has been covered by national press including NPR and the New York Times. The Huffington Post has said, “FORCE is doing a good job with a hard to digest topic, capturing the public imagination with their tactics."

Risks and challenges

At the Monument Quilt display, visitors have a chance to experience public, supportive, healing space. The tour displays will only occur once in each city or town. We hope the impact lasts much longer and we hope that this kind of space can be replicated and reinvented by the communities who participate. We also hope that in places where we do not host a display, groups will get involved and try a variety of tactics and methods for supporting survivors. The tour will begin a long conversation about what community response to survivors can and should look like; it will begin a longer process of changing culture that will be complex. We know that this series of events is only the beginning.

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    A "Rape will end when

    #RapeWillEndWhen" bumper sticker. We will be upsetting rape culture on the road, and now you can too!

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    Pack of 10 consent custom-wrapped condoms so you can show your partner how much you love consent.

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    An all-star line up of Baltimore musicians come together to create the mixtape: From Baltimore With Love. Embracing the theme of a summer road trip, 20 artists donated tracks to keep Force company on the road including Dan Deacon, Ami Dang, Flock of Dimes, DDM and more! View the project update for the full list!

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    A "2 drunk 2 Talk = 2 drunk 2 fuck" shot glass. Design by artist Ellen Nielsen, based on her submission to the Monument Quilt.

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    A 10-pack of post cards with a picture from each tour stop...so you can take a piece of the tour home with you.

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    With this uni-sexy "ASK FIRST" pair of consent underwear, everyone can bring consent to the bedroom. Get yours today!

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    A black and gray "Ask First" T-shirt. This way, you can wear consent culture on your sleeve!

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    A tote bag with the Monument Quilt logo.

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    A personal postcard from FORCE on the road - get an first-hand account of what the tour is like! Plus, you get a 10-pack of postcards with a picture from each tour stop.

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    A print from the tour, signed by Hannah and Rebecca for a personal touch.

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    Take a piece of the actual Monument Quilt home with you!

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    One hour consent consultation via skype with with Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle, Co-founders of and Co-directors of FORCE. In person consultation is available for those living within 60 miles of Baltimore, MD.

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    Two hour consent consultation via skype with with Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle, Co-founders of and Co-directors of FORCE. In person consultation is available for those living within 60 miles of Baltimore, MD.

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    Awesome consent workshop lead by Hannah and Rebecca. If not within 60 miles of Baltimore, MD, hosting individuals or groups are responsible for travel costs.

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