UNC students sought to break the silence surrounding sexual and interpersonal violence during Project Dinah’s Speak Out! event Friday night.
Speak Out! UNC is an annual event where members of Project Dinah read anonymous testimonials from survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
The testimonials were posted on the organization’s permanent blog.
Project Dinah is a UNC organization that works to end sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
“We want every relationship to be free of fear and force,” said Alban Foulser, publicity chairwoman of Project Dinah.
The audience heard stories about the nature of the assaults that survivors experienced and the emotions they felt afterwards.
There were also stories of triumph and encouragement from those who overcame their trauma from sexual assault and interpersonal violence.
“They see that other people have experienced this, and even if they don’t want to come out and say, ‘This happened to me,’ they can share it and other people can hear their story,” Foulser said. “And I think that is kind of a relief for them.”
The event featured performances from a cappella and spoken word poets in between the testimonial readings.