We assert that
Sexual Assault statistics are wrong. Not just wrong, but grossly inaccurate. Statistics are
based on reported and filed assaults. Because most survivors are silenced, the vast
majority of assaults are not reflected in any statistical data currently available. The name
of our collective, DISCLOSE, was borne out of our demand that the enormous scope of
sexual assault be accurately addressed.
Sexual Violence is not synonymous with Sexual Assault. Sexual assault and Sexual
violence culture are two separate but connected issues. Sexual assaults are experienced
by many – in numbers far larger than statistics suggest – and are the EFFECT of the
endemic issue of sexual violence culture, which affects everyone, every day, all of the
Oppression is directly connected to Sexual Violence. Sexual violence culture is
perpetrated through many complex oppressive systems including but not limited to
binary-gender socialization, racism, classism, neo-colonialism and economic inequality.
It’s time to complicate the conversation. We CANNOT hope to effectively address
sexual violence culture and to eradicate sexual assault unless we are willing to include
these systems, and more, in our dialogues in an effort to dismantle them.
Art Activism will affect change. Visual, spoken, musical, media and performance-based
art facilitate these dialogues on a multi-sensory level that mimics the full-body
experience of living daily in sexual violence culture. We use art not only as a platform for
transcending trauma, but as a way to viscerally engage our communities in the movement
to abolish sexual violence culture and sexual assault. In this way, we are able to
accurately and unapologetically use our voice through art to demand change and to make
it clear that sexual violence leaves no one untouched.
The abolishment of sexual violence culture and sexual assault. Period.
We are committed to
Organizing an active community of survivors, allies, and artists in which diverse
perspectives and experiences are represented, respected and supported.
Initiating and Participating in art movements that directly address the culture of sexual
Facilitating educational and forum-based platforms in which dialogues may occur that
address the complex systems within sexual violence culture.
Hosting monthly art-based Salons for survivors of sexual assault. These Salons occur in a
survivor or ally’s home, at which an artist presents their/her/his work to the group, after
which the space is opened for dialogue, reactions and supported disclosure. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Building a system of practical support for survivors of assault through a diverse provider
network. If you are a provider of medical, dental, therapeutic, legal, self-defense, or
advocacy services and would like to be involved please email email@example.com