The Aria Rising Project
Aria Rising is a dynamic interactive installation sculpture symbolizing a sexual assault survivor. This rotating exhibit works to facilitate awareness to the issue of sexual assault and intimate partner violence by providing victim resources and promoting understanding through the interactive notes of compassion written by the public which are then shared with survivors.
The main objectives of this installation are as follows: (1) to provide opportunity for communities to be made aware of the issue of sexual assault (2) to provide educational and counseling resources, (3) to invite the community to interact with “Aria Rising” who symbolizes the singular voice of an assault survivor empowered by the messages of hope provided by those interacting with it.
“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”
— Victor Hugo
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.”~ Auguste Rodin
1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).
“You are not what happened to you. You are what you choose to become.”-Nerinx Hall High School Junior
Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.
Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. (RAINN)
"Art is a wound turned into light." -Georges Braques
About 3% of American men—or 1 in 33—have experienced an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime.
“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.”-The Scarlett Letter
It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel, or what your options are after a sexual assault. If you are in immediate danger or seriously injured, call 911.
"Don't be ashamed of your story it will inspire others" — Anonymous
Your safety is important. Are you in a safe place? If you’re not feeling safe, consider reaching out to someone you trust for support. You don’t have to go through this alone.
"Creativity healed me. I don’t know that I could think of any word that I get more inspired by than the word healing."-SARK
"Forgetting is difficult. Remembering is worse" — Anonymous
"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it" —Maya Angelou
325,000 children are at risk of becoming victims of commercial child sexual exploitation each year
(NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER)
"You're not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth, and raging courage" — Alex Elle
"It is your ability as a creative person to envision positive change that will make a difference."-Patricia Johanson
Nearly one in 10 women has been raped by an intimate partner in her lifetime, including completed forced penetration, attempted forced penetration or alcohol/drug-facilitated completed penetration. Approximately one in 45 men has been made to penetrate an intimate partner during his lifetime.
(NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER)
"You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until now" — Anonymous
“And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore.”
― Anne Lamott,
91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and 9% are male
"She was powerful, not because she wasn't scared but because she went on so strongly despite the fear" — Atticus
46.4% lesbians, 74.9% bisexual women and 43.3% heterosexual women reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes, while 40.2% gay men, 47.4% bisexual men and 20.8% heterosexual men reported sexual violence other than rape during their lifetimes.
(NATIONAL SEXUAL VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER)
“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
“do not look for healing
at the feet of those
who broke you”
― Rupi Kaur
ANGEL BAND PROJECT
Rachel Ebeling: Executive Director
Erin McGrath Rieke: Visual Arts Ambassador
Erin McGrath Rieke : Creative Director
Erin McGrath Rieke, S. Jewell S. McGhee, Megan Hutt
Background of Aria Rising
She began as a broken mannequin and a pile of trash. From these discarded pieces, Aria Rising was lovingly created to embody a symbol of hope. Inspired by the work of Angel Band Project (our non-profit partner that uses music as therapy for victims of intimate partner and sexual abuse) and to raise awareness and empathy within the greater community, the Divinemoira Studio design team created this interactive sculpture. Viewers are invited to fill Aria's empty bottles with messages of hope and understanding thus transforming her just as we transform each other with our interactions and words.
The Angel Band Project
Sexual violence is a silent issue. The Angel Band Project is working to break the silence and inspire people to engage with this issue. Their groundbreaking music therapy programs help bring healing to survivors who have struggled in the aftermath of assault or abuse. By offering this unique therapy at no cost to those who have endured this trauma, Angel Band Project hopes to not only provide healing for survivors but to foster a society that’s not only willing to listen, but ready to change. Learn more about Angel Band Project.
How Can I Bring Aria to My Community?
Individuals, schools, universities, organizations and corporations interested in featuring "Aria Rising" in their community can contact Rachel Ebeling (Executive Director, Angel Band Project) at email@example.com or Erin McGrath Rieke (Creative Director, Divinemoira Studio) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Soiree with the Angels, October, 2018
Edward Jones Corporate Headquarters, October 2018
Divinemoira Studio Corporate Headquarters, June, 2018
Tilford Restaurant Group Corporate Headquarters, May, 2018
University of Tulsa-Tulsa, Oklahoma: February, 2018
Eden Theological Society-Webster Groves, Missouri: November 8th, 2016-February 5th, 2018
Soiree with the Angels-St. Louis, Missouri: November 4th, 2017
Edward Jones Headquarters-Des Peres, Missouri: October 16th-November 16th, 2017
Maplewood Richmond Heights High School: September 11th-October 15th, 2017
Community Arts Festival St. Louis, Marcel Theater-St. Louis, Missouri: August 31st-September 10th, 2017
Sparkles and Spirits-Maplewood, Missouri: July 15th, 2017
"Still I Rise," Theological Society-Clayton, Missouri: May 7th, 2017
St. Louis University High School-St. Louis, Missouri: April, 2017
Nerinx Hall High School-Webster Groves, Missouri: May, 2017
Angel Band Project Headquarters-University City, Missouri: December 2016-February 2017
Soiree with the Angels, Majorette-St. Louis, Missouri: November, 2016
National Get help Hotline:
Sexual Assault Resources Missouri
(provided by YWCA Metro St. Louis)
You have the right to be treated with respect, be heard, say "NO," come and go as you please, have privacy and space of your own, and maintain your individual identity.
Millions of women are dealing with violence. Although it is usually hidden, this kind of abuse is very common and affects people from all walks of life.
No one has the right to physically or mentally harm you. That kind of behavior is against the law!
How to Protect Yourself at Home
Learn where to get help; memorize emergency phone numbers
Plan an escape route out of your home; teach it to your children.
Pack a bag with important things you'd need if you had to leave quickly.
Put it in a safe place or give it to a friend or relative you trust.
Include cash, car keys, and other important things, such as: court papers, passport or both certificates, medical records and medicines, immigration papers.
In an Emergency
Stay away from the kitchen. The abuser can find weapons -- like knives -- there.
Stay away from the bathroom, closets, or other small spaces where the abuser can trap you.
Go to a room with a door or window to escape.
Go to a room with a phone to call for help; lock the abuser outside if you can.
Call 911 (or local emergency number) right away for help; get the dispatcher's name.
Seek medical help if you are hurt.
Take pictures of bruises or injuries.
If you are being hurt by a partner, relative, or friend, get immediate help by contacting one of the area agencies below.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: (314) 534-4200 x 1244
Comtrea-Jefferson County: (636) 931-2700 24-hour
St. Martha's Hall: (314) 533-1313 24-hour
Weinman Shelter: (314) 423-1117 24-hour
Women's Center: (636) 946-6854 24-hour
Women's Safe House: (314) 772-4535 24-hour
Alive: (314) 993-2777 24-hour
YWCA Women's Resource Center providing sexual assault services: (314) 726-6665
YWCA Women's Resource Center Rape Crisis Hotline: (314) 531-RAPE (7273)
Safe Connections Crisis Line: (314) 531-2003
Life Source Consultants: (314) 524-0686
Center for Trauma Recovery: (314) 516-6737
Safe Connections: (314) 646-7500
Victim Services-Country: (314) 615-4872
Victim Servies-City: (314) 622-4373
St. Charles Victim Assistance Program: (636) 949-7370
We've compiled the following list of links to assist you in finding places where you can go for help and support and to provide information on domestic violence and abuse. Click on the name of the organization to go to its website.
Help and Support in Metro St. Louis
ALIVE (Alternatives to Living In Violent Environments): Provides support services and short-term emergency sanctuary for adults and children victimized by domestic violence.
Center for Trauma Recovery: A service of the University of Missouri – St. Louis which provides counseling for women who have suffered personal traumas such as beatings, rape, and assault.
St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office: Information, resources, and support including the Sex Offender and Child Abuse Registry List for the City of St. Louis, Victim Rights, and the Neighborhood Justice Project.
Victim Services Division of St. Louis County: Provides a variety of services to victims of crime in St. Louis Country, including supportive counseling and crisis intervention, information on criminal and juvenile court procedures, and referral to many community and state resources. VSD staff and volunteer advocates assist with orders of protection, victim impact statements and crime victim compensation forms. Advocates accompany victims to hearings/trials and offer the use of two victim/witness waiting rooms in the Courts Building.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Inc.: Provides legal assistance and equal access to justice to low-income people.
Life Source Consultants, Inc.: Free support services for women (and their families) who are victims or survivors of physical, emotional, mental, verbal or sexual abuse, rape and incest.
ROW – Redevelopment Opportunities for Women: Opportunities for women to pursue economic self-sufficiency, personal and family development, taking control of their lives. Services are focused on women who have experienced partner violence, homelessness and/or poverty.
Safe Connections: 24-Hour Crisis Line (314) 531-2003; Counseling and support groups, preventing dating violence, safety planning, and sexual assault resources.
Saint Martha’s Hall:Help for battered women and their children to break the cycle of violence in their lives by offering them safe, secure temporary shelter, education and counseling.
Bridgeway Counseling: Alternatives to violence and abuse; case management, outreach office, batterer intervention service; Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren Counties, City of St. Louis
Professional Organizations and Further Information
National Statistics – National Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
St. Louis County Adult Abuse Order of Protection Pamphlet
St. Louis County Adult Abuse Order of Protection Application Packet
WCA Women's Resource Center
140 N. Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO63105
Phone: (314) 726-6665 Rape Crisis Line: (314) 531-RAPE