Breaking Silence delivers an interactive exhibit to a community to create a unique perspective on interpersonal violence (IPV). Interpersonal violence is a term used to describe a variety of crimes such as domestic violence, adult sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, and stalking. The majority of people know that IPV is present and actively occurring in our society, but few know the extent to which these crimes have proliferated our culture. For example, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience an attempted sexual assault before they reach the age of 18 and 3 in 4 Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. These are more than statistics, they are individuals: a person who is a brother, a sister, a friend, a lover, or a parent.
By using the stories of those who have been impacted by interpersonal violence, Breaking Silence is able to present their stories in an individual and powerful way. Each participant is provided with an audio player and is invited to listen to the story of a survivor while walking through the setting that brings certain aspects of their experience to life. By recreating the familiar worlds of a dorm room, a kitchen, or a family room the imagery that is painted in ones mind allows for the establishment of active empathy that empowers participants to end our current culture of abuse.