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Espavo: Thank you for taking your power back

FORGE encourages trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary individuals and loved ones who have experienced sexual violence to take part in this photographic and narrative project, with the goal of increasing personal healing and empowerment, and offering strength and hope to the community.

It is the nature of a trauma that sometimes victims feel like it never ended, like we are still living through it. The Espavo Project aims to break that destructive hold by creating professional photographic portraits of transgender, gender non-conforming, gender non-binary individuals and SOFFA survivors of sexual assault in all their current, vibrant aliveness. Each participant will receive a frameable copy of their portrait, and all will be invited to share their image with others via online and/or traveling galleries. Participants will also be invited to produce a statement to accompany the portrait, with FORGE staff providing reflection and/or writing assistance and guidance to those who would like it.

To learn more about the Espavo project, go to http://forge-forward.org/anti-violence/for-survivors/espavo-project/

A full gallery of photos can be viewed at http://forge.zenfolio.com/