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FORCE hosts community conversation around monument for survivors of sexual assault

August 6, 2013

919cdfa68a098bce5cd49f66e0842ec0_largeWe talked to Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle last February when they were planning to create a temporary monument for survivors of sexual assault, by projecting “I can’t forget what happened, but no one else remembers” on the reflecting pool on the Mall in Washington, D.C. “This temporary monument is a call to create a permanent monument to survivors of rape and abuse in the United States,” Brancato said at the time.

Tonight, Nagle and Brancato, who gained some notoriety when their group FORCE  hacked the Victoria’s Secret website, will team up with House of Ruth Maryland and New Lens to host a community conversation and workshop surrounding their efforts to get a permanent monument to survivors of sexual abuse in the nation’s capital.

“We are at the very, very, very beginning stages,” Nagle says. “We did raise $26,000 on Kickstarter for a temporary monument–a large quilt made of survivor’s stories to create a space for survivors and the idea that our country can have a monument like this.”

Nagle says that the group hopes to “capture the public imagination.”

Tonight’s conversation begins at 5 p.M. in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Library’s central branch and will be followed by a conversation in New York in October and one in Washington, D.C. in November. The meetings are intended to bring in as many voices as possible into the process  ” before the project gets too far along,” Nagel says.

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