Survivors Speak - Unmasking the Secret, is a free exhibit of artwork created by survivors of sexual violence. Family Service Centers, Inc. and Florida Craftsmen, Inc. are working to raise awareness of sexual violence. For the fifth year, Survivors Speak is dedicated to breaking the silence and stigma attached to survivors of sexual violence and increasing awareness of healing through art.
More than 70 masks created by survivors of sexual violence (sexual abuse, rape, and incest) from ages 4 to over 65 will be on display April 3 to April 30, at Nelson Poynter Memorial Library First Floor Atrium, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Avenue South, St. Petersburg. Hours are: Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday - 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Closed April 16.
A reception honoring the artists will be held Thursday, April 13. Artists and staff members will be available to discuss the artwork from 5 to 8 p.m.
Teal ribbons and awareness bracelets will be distributed at the event. April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and more than 25 communities across Florida are holding events.
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