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Rape survivors invited to tell their stories in art

Published on January 19, 2024 at 12:40 pm

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville, the city’s rape crisis center, has invited survivors of sexual violence to share their stories by submitting art for an upcoming exhibit. 

Called the “Surviving to Thriving” event, the center holds it every year to celebrate the voices of survivors. Any survivor can submit art of any medium, advocates said. 

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“We don’t put any restrictions on the type of art: dance, music, spoken word, sculptures, anything that allows them to express how they’re feeling,” Chantel Scherer told Jacksonville Today. Scherer is the Women’s Center’s development director.

The Women’s Center of Jacksonville is the rape crisis center for Duval, Nassau and Baker counties and provides support for all survivors of sexual violence regardless of gender.

However, because the exhibit is open to the general public, the center recognizes that not all survivors may be ready to take part in it yet. For many survivors who participated in years past, submitting often acted as a sort of final step in their individual journey toward healing, Scherer explained.

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The Women’s Center of Jacksonville holds its “Surviving to Thriving” event every year. | The Women’s Center of Jacksonville
The Women’s Center of Jacksonville holds its “Surviving to Thriving” event every year. | The Women’s Center of Jacksonville

The exhibit will be open to the public at 6:30 p.m. April 26. Survivors are welcome to submit art any time before then.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Advocate Lori Armstrong at larmstrong@thewcj.org or (904) 716-5390.


author image Carter is a senior majoring in communication at the University of North Florida. He spent three years at Spinnaker, UNF's award-winning student-run media outlet, which was recognized among the best student newsrooms in the nation during his tenure as editor-in-chief. Carter's reporting has placed for multiple awards, and he generally covers news and education topics. He's also had bylines in the Jacksonville Business Journal.
author image Carter is a senior majoring in communication at the University of North Florida. He spent three years at Spinnaker, UNF's award-winning student-run media outlet, which was recognized among the best student newsrooms in the nation during his tenure as editor-in-chief. Carter's reporting has placed for multiple awards, and he generally covers news and education topics. He's also had bylines in the Jacksonville Business Journal.