Photovoice Exhibit May 5 to Explore Survivors’ Experiences

The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Psychology and Counseling and Disability Services will host “From Victim to Survivor: Our Voice Through the Lens,” a photovoice exhibit, at Cup ‘n Cork from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

The exhibit will feature the stories of survivors of sexual violence as they share their experience through images that show their strengths, concerns and hopes for the community. The exhibit will open with brief remarks. The artists will be available to discuss their works with visitors.

“The exciting aspect of photovoice is that you hear and see directly from the student who has experienced sexual violence,” said Donna St. Sauver, coordinator of the Campus Violence Prevention Program.

The exhibit is part of a research project collaboration between the Department of Psychology and Counseling and Disability Services, directed by St. Sauver, Dr. Eu Gene Chin, assistant professor of psychology, and Dr. D’Arcy Reynolds, assistant professor of psychology. The exhibit is a culmination of an eight-week group experience in which the participants examine themselves, the group and the community at large. They use the camera to share the themes that arise from this exploration.

“I believe empowered survivors create cultural change. I’ve seen it happen at Southeast. I’m excited to witness this amplification of survivor voices to our community and have hope for positive change,” St. Sauver said.

Cup ‘n Cork is located at 11 S. Spanish Street in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Photo by Annie Spratt, unsplash.com/@anniespratt.