About Project Unbreakable
The mission of Project Unbreakable is to increase awareness of the issues surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art.
In October of 2011, then 19 year old Grace Brown was a photography student living in New York City. One day, while out on a Saturday night, a friend told Grace her story of sexual assault – and it became the story that would change Grace’s life forever. Unable to comprehend the darkness that goes on in our society, Grace went to bed that night losing faith in humanity and counting the number of people she knew who were abused. The next morning, she woke up with the idea for Project Unbreakable.
Originally, Project Unbreakable was meant to stay small, simply a way to spread awareness but it has since evolved into a healing project for sexual assault survivors where they are photographed holding a poster with a quote from their attacker. Survivors also have the option of submitting a photo of themselves holding their own poster to be featured on the website. Since the project’s conception, Project Unbreakable has included over 1500 photographs of survivors, from Grace’s photography to submissions to other group’s recreations of Project Unbreakable.
Currently, Grace Brown travels to colleges and universities around North America to discuss the importance of sexual assault awareness and to showcase the work of Project Unbreakable.
The Project Unbreakable Team
Grace Brown, a twenty year old originally from Massachusetts, is the founder and photographer of Project Unbreakable. Her passion for sexual assault survivors stems from a young age; she remembers being nine years old and hearing the word “rape” in a song – and understanding the gravity of it. Since then, she has carried a pull in her heart to stand next to and support sexual assault survivors. She currently travels to colleges in North America to speak about Project Unbreakable. When she’s not on an airplane, you can typically find her watching Friends, on the search for the best Pad Thai (currently, it’s The Similans in Cambridge MA), or googling quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh.
Born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey (lovingly refereed to as “The Dirty Jerz”) Kaelyn Siversky, aged twenty-one, is the Executive Director of Project Unbreakable. Kaelyn is the co-founding President of Sister’s on the Runway- UMASS Division and has worked for a number of non-profits. The subject of sexual assault and the shame of silence that surrounds survivors has always been a focus of Kaelyn’s life, both professionally and personally. In Kaelyn’s own journey, art and healing have always gone hand and hand, and she is thrilled to be a part of a project that is focused on offering the same healing approach to other survivors. When she is not road-tripping with Grace, Kaelyn can normally be found bugging her yoga teachers with questions about the universe, instagram-ing her cats and blasting Ani DiFranco for anyone who will listen.
If you’ve sent an email to Project Unbreakable, you’ve probably heard from Christina Dunlop before. Currently a nineteen year old sophomore film major living in Massachusetts, she began as an intern for the project in January of 2012, a few months after it’s creation. She and Grace had gone to school together since they were little and last year Christina was given an assignment in college that made her think of Project Unbreakable immediately. She decided to give it a shot and contact Grace, and is now the assistant at Project Unbreakable. She is thankful for the amazing opportunities that have come from Unbreakable – including coming along for photo days, attending events, and watching this project grow and develop in general. On a regular basis you can find Christina chatting incessantly about Disney, surfing Pinterest for craft ideas, and scheduling life in her day planner.
Kerri Pang is a nineteen year old third-culture kid who still struggles to answer the much-dreaded question of “Where are you from?” Born in LA, she moved from Singapore, to Shanghai, and is now based in Chicago studying journalism at Northwestern University. She chanced upon Project Unbreakable while scrolling down her tumblr newsfeed one day, realized how much her heart broke for sexual assault issues, applied for the internship, and now manages the project’s social media. She is a huge foodie who loves making food for loved ones, and is also shamelessly amused by animals who do human things.
John M Parks & Associates has donated their time by building this website to help with our cause. As a computing and marketing firm they continue to support our web development needs through their old-fashioned, Midwestern work ethic. John reached out to us from Marion, Iowa when founding his company and is now located on the West Coast in the birthplace of California – San Diego.