OSHKOSH – A traveling monument hopes to be making a difference in the lives of rape and abuse survivors.
Monday the Monument Quilt stopped at the UW-Oshkosh campus for the public to see.
The monument is 100 by 100 feet in size, and is made of 225 red squares. Each square has a different story.
The quilt is the work of a movement called FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, whose goal is to promote a culture of sexual consent.
Visitors Monday were able to read the stories and add squares of their own.
Event creators say the point is get people talking about sexual violence to help put a stop to it, and to help survivors heal.
“And by stitching our stories together we are creating and demanding public space to heal. So we’re transforming the culture in the United States from a culture that shames survivors to a culture that supports survivors,” explained Rebecca Nagle, co-director of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture
The quilt is traveling across the country. This is one of thirteen stops.
After a few years FORCE will bring the quilt to be displayed on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
You can learn more about the project here: https://themonumentquilt.org/