Traveling exhibit featuring sexual assault survivors' portraits opens July 20



Shreveport artist Mollie Corbett's exhibit "Outlier," a collection of portraits, stories and documentary film depicting sexual assault survivors, opens at New Orleans Public Library's main branch Thursday.

For this installation, Corbett identified and photographed 15 survivors from the greater New Orleans area. With her work, she hopes to dispel victim stigma and raise awareness of sexual assault, which many public health groups say is distressingly common: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveys regularly find that as many as one in three women and one in six men have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives.

Corbett, who self-identifies as a survivor, says she wants her project to encourage advocacy among the survivor community.

"For too long, silence has kept victims in despair," she said in a statement. "My ultimate goal with 'Outlier' is to help victims find recovery ... so they can turn around and help another victim."

The show also features the story of Kristen Crain, who shared details of her alleged sexual assault with |The Times-Picayune when she became frustrated with New Orleans Police Department's response to her report. That case sparked criticism on social media last week when the Orleans Parish District Attorney's office declined to bring charges, citing insufficient evidence.

There's an opening reception for the exhibit from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20. It's on view through July 23 and is free to attend.

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