Creating Empathy: Knowing the Numbers


Breaking Silence delivers an interactive exhibit to a community to create a unique perspective on interpersonal violence. By using the stories of survivors the information is presented to people 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.

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.

Rape and Sexual Assault: Every 2 minutes a person is victimized

  • 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before they reach 18
  • 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused before they reach 18
  • 1 in 5 college women will experience rape or some form of sexual assault
  • 80% of the 207,754 annual victims are under the age of 30
  • 7% of American men are raped or experience sexual assault in their lifetime

Domestic Violence and Stalking

  • 1 in 12 women have been stalked in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 45 men have been stalked in their lifetime.

Surveys find that men and women assault one another and strike the first blow at approximately equal rates.

Approximately 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are physically assaulted by an intimate partner annually in the United States.

Nearly 3 in 4 (74%) Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.