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Overview

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.

Creating a Healed Culture

Breaking Silence is creating a space for survivors to share their stories in a healing and impactful way. This display of courage by others will pave the way for a dialogue around IPV to begin in our culture, give people techniques for responding to survivors, offer information on community support centers, and inform participants on the process that many go through after experiencing IPV. Survivors are leading by example to break the silence and reverse the current trends with a healed culture.
 

Alli Watt, Executive Director

Alli Watt graduated from CSU with a degree in History Education and has been an advocate since she was 16. Intermixed throughout her working career have been experiences where she taught young children, managed employees, and most significantly created the exhibit that is the hallmark program of Breaking Silence. In 2014, she was invited by Robert Hammond, the Commissioner of Education, to be the representative for the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) on the Sex Offender Management Board Alli Headshot 1-JPG(SOMB). The SOMB’s primary goal is to create standards that improve community safety and protects citizens.

As a teacher, Alli learned the importance of giving people a reason to learn. In order to shape people’s minds and make a difference there has to be a clear, obtainable goals insight. As a program director, Alli used her creativity and organizational skills to create an exhibit that was only made possible by gathering volunteers, making partnerships with advocacy centers, and motivating college students to attend an intense and powerful event on their free time.

Finally, as an advocate Alli developed first responder skills such as active listening, empathy, and the necessary understanding needed to help victims process through their experience. These experiences have contributed to the creation of Breaking Silence and through continuous empowerment, collaboration, and dedication will assist in the fulfillment of our mission.


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    Rebecca

    Hello,

    I am so greatful that this aweful crime is finally being brought to light and that people like me that have been sexually abused can stand up and say no. I was recently abused this year and have still not yet been told my abuser has not yet been arrested. I cannot sleep at night due to nightmares or seing the events that took place that night. It has only been 8 months but it feels like yesterday. The police have been no help and i have rang them countless amounts of times to try and gain reassurance that the monster who has ruined me is arrested. Yet they still do not want to talk to me. I was told 2 months ago that an arrest was to be made but then have not heard one word. I feel dirty and shameful every day of my life, it feels like i am on my own and that i am not loved and nobody believes me. I cannot wear things that make me feel pretty and that i have to hide myself. I have suffered with anorexia for nearly 9 years now and i managed to gather courage that night to wear a knee high skirt with long boots and a long top and trench coat… i can no longer wear anything like this. Half the time i dont even want to live anymore because of what he has done to me. Most days i dont even want to leave the house. The longer time goes by i feel like i am losing mt mind and i feel so aweful in myself. I cant even tk to my boyfriend… i feel like he dowsnt want to know. The only person who has stood by me in all of this is my mum. She was the one who rang the police… i never wantex her too… i never wanted any of this 🙁 i am 20 and do no longer want to be on this earth with these nightmares i live with everyday of my life. I am so scared when i leave the house and every old man i see i run. I threw myself into my car the other week to get away from an old man and severelt bruised my foot from shuttig the door between me and him. Im petrified of everyone especially old men now. I do not know what to do anymore i dont feel like me i dont even know who i am anymore. Living is the hardest thing these days and looking strong for everyone is killing me. I want this guy bringing to justice so i know that i can go outside and feel that little bit safer knowing be cant get me. He has changed the way i am and who i am. Things between me and my boyfriend will never be the same and it all feela like my fault. I dont even know what to do anymore. 🙁

    Please help me