PSU event discusses sexual violence

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State’s Center for Women Students is partnering with the Smeal College of Business Sapphire Leadership Program to honor women and raise awareness about sexual violence.

“Project Unbreakable: An Evening with Grace Brown” brings the founder of the popular Tumblr blog Project Unbreakable to Heritage Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center at 6:30 p.m. March 31.

The mission of Project Unbreakable – named by TIME as one of the top 30 Tumblr blogs to follow – is to increase awareness of sexual violence and encourage healing through art. Since the project’s conception in 2011 by then 19-year-old Brown, it has featured more than 2,000 images of sexual violence survivors holding posters with quotes from their attackers. Project Unbreakable has been featured in media outlets such as Glamour and The Huffington Post.

“I’ve always been surrounded by survivors of sexual assault,” Brown wrote on Project Unbreakable’s website


“One night I was out with a friend, and she chose to share her story with me. Though I had heard about a dozen stories prior, this story particularly affected me and forced me to realize how common this tragedy was. I woke up the next day with the idea for Project Unbreakable.”

Brown travels to colleges and universities around North America to discuss the importance of sexual violence awareness and to showcase the work of Project Unbreakable.

“If you look through a few of the posts on the Project Unbreakable blog, you likely will feel both heartache for the survivors who have had to endure so much and pride for those same survivors, all of whom are courageous in to sharing their stories,” said Jennifer Pencek, programming coordinator of the Center for Women Students.

“Sexual violence does

not discriminate, and our goal with this event is to provide an opportunity for education and empowerment.”

Kaelyn Siversky, executive director of Project Unbreakable, will also speak at the event.

To learn more, visit the Center for Women Students at or call 863-2027.

The Center for Women Students is located in 204 Boucke Building.