Whenever you hear the words "sexual assault," many people instinctively assume that the victim is female. But as you can see from this powerful photography series, it isn't always so black and white.

The pictures are part of 'Project Unbreakable,' a website set up in 2011 by Grace Brown, a New York photography student. The purpose of the site is to raise awareness about sexual assault by giving a voice to those who have been victims of it. The pictures feature survivors holding up posters with quotes from their attackers, and many of those who volunteered to be a part of the project were men who had been subjected to sexual assault, child abuse, and domestic violence.

The website was closed in 2015, but as Grace wrote recently, "In light of our current political climate - the fact that a man accused of multiple instances of sexual assault is about to be the president of the USA - I have decided to repost images from Unbreakable on its Instagram account. We won’t stay silent - not for the oppressed, not for the marginalized, not for anyone."

More info: Project Unbreakable | Instagram

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Petra Christovová 2 years ago

All such creeps should die alone, unforgiven and broken, "people" like the uncle are disgusting pieces of s*it and do not deserve anything better.

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Marcos Zamarripa 2 years ago

It will never define you.

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Amanda Templeman 2 years ago

Oh god. I'm so sorry :(

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Jill McCarley 2 years ago

No your not...

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Amanda Panda 2 years ago

Men can't get raped!? That's just ignorant.

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Sheetal Kavri 2 years ago

Sad u had to live that....

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Caitlyn McCracken 2 years ago

That monster.

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Stephanie Braxton 2 years ago

We are both survivors!

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Heather McQuaid 2 years ago

I'm so sorry this happened to you..

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Cupcakes 2 years ago

If they care they will never hurt you. No.

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Karen Rocha 2 years ago

Omg. Poor kid. I'm so sorry

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Ching Limpangog 2 years ago

my goodness! so sorry... :-(

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Melissa Apple 2 years ago

No, I'm so sorry

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Cupcakes 2 years ago

Only ignorant people won't believe

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Marcos Zamarripa 2 years ago

I feel so bad for this.

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Regina Dew 2 years ago

That's not love! :(

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Karen Rocha 2 years ago

It's not a game. Why do they do this?

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Cat Meow 2 years ago

:( No body owes it to anybody. Ever.

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Jules Burnett 2 years ago

Shame on him.

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Brandon Mcfall 2 years ago

I'll die happy.

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Majo Rg 2 years ago

:(

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

So sorry 😢😢

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Regina Dew 2 years ago

Whoa... omg! Whoooaaa!

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Nina Sanz 2 years ago

It does make sense. I believe you. Forgive your parents, forgive yourself and let it go.

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Michel M. Prins 2 years ago

Life in prison.

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

They "thought" you wouldn't remember one of the most devastating things to have happened in your whole life? Really? Wtf!?

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

Yes, you are unbreakabe 💪😐

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E Menendez 2 years ago

Though rare women can be rapists. I have heard that men can't be raped by women because they need to be hard. It would be like saying a woman isn't raped if she is wet. Both are a physiological response. Everyone has the right to say "NO" no matter what their physiological response.

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Milan Eodiguez 2 years ago

What the hell is wrong with her? I hope she got to go to jail

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Lee Hardy 2 years ago

Now the world knows, good on you

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Ana Ryguła 2 years ago

Jesus. What a monster she is. How can anyone do anything like this to anyone? Not to mention she was historia mother :(

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Hannah Bunker 2 years ago

I don't think I can read many more of these, I want to cry for all these poor people who were abused like this. Next chance I get I am raising awareness for this cause. I feel like people should know that they can go to a lot of people for this and they will be protected. This is disgusting.

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Smoofy 2 years ago

I hate how people expect men and boys to like it. I fucking hate it.

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deChelca Cynn 2 years ago

Good for you on your triumph!

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

Disgusting! I am so sorry 😢😢

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

Yes, you are unbreakabe! 💪😐

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Tammy Sheldon 2 years ago

There are no words.

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

No, you did not! I am so sorry for you 😢😢

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

Unbreakable! 💪😐

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

These sick af individuals will say or do anything so as to manipulate their victims. Disgusting in every way possible!

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

What a sick bastard he was! 😠 I am so sorry 😢😢

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Anne Moe 2 years ago

It's possible that he feels that he was forced into being gay; What is probably really happening is that he hasn't processed his trauma and is actually continuously reenacting it. In our culture we regard gay as a sexual orientation that is not chosen, and for us it is like that. For him it is not, and it is his reality. Opening up about trauma is the first step to healing. Your insensitive comments here might halt that process. It's his trauma, his life, his situation. Let him have ownership to it. He might be born gay, he might not be born gay; that doesn't change the fact that he lives in a culture were being gay is a punishable offence that might cost him his life, and get him raped even more. So just let him have ownership of his trauma and figure things out for himself. Show some goddamn love, or shut your pie-holes.

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

So sorry to hear how much pain you were forced to deal with. Physically and emotionally.

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

OMG - this is disgusting! I am so sorry for you 😢😢

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Hannah Bunker 2 years ago

I personally apologize for how you've been treated😢😢😢

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

They were never friends! 😠 I am so sorry for you 😢😢

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

He's the little sicko bitch!! May he burn in hell with all the other predators!!

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

What???? What a sick bastard! Sorry 😢😢

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Petra Christovová 2 years ago

Aww cute .. if only such dads all burned in hell ..

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Marty Sunderland 2 years ago

Being Unbreakable

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Tammy Sheldon 2 years ago

Oh, man. :-(

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

Really!!? Then why the hell are you being hurt!? Lying manipulator!!

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Petra Christovová 2 years ago

Sorry but this is almost unreadable except that "Man up"

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

That's what many of them say: "you caused it yourself!" Sick bastards!!! So sorry 😢😢

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Shauday Smith 2 years ago

i think i'm lacking some context for this quote... is this what the attacker said before they assaulted him? like it was some sort of twisted "training" or skill building? :(

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

So sorry that you had a sick af predator in your life.

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

These sick af manipulators deserve to burn in hell!!

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

Bastard, even to ask! 😠 Sorry 😢

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💖 Stacy Rae 💖 2 years ago

This may be the saddest photo out of all of them.

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

So very sorry for this sick af predator even being in your life.

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Angelika Okotokro 2 years ago

Never again! 💪😠

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Kimberly Puchniarz 2 years ago

Yeah right, it was your words you sick predator, not your physically raping me!!! Sickest predator.