09/25/2013 04:24 EDT | Updated 09/26/2013 10:58 EDT

Project Unbreakable: 40 Powerful Images Of Sexual Assault Survivors

Project Unbreakable

Caution: Trigger warning for sexual assault.

Sometimes we come across a project that hits us so hard, it leaves us completely speechless.

When Grace Brown snaps a picture, she's telling a powerful story in very few words. The 21-year-old photographer from Massachusetts has been capturing brave sexual assault survivors, holding posters quoting their attackers or reactions from the ignorant and insensitive people around them.

Brown started Project Unbreakable in 2011 at the age of 19, when a close friend of hers shared her own survivor story.

"I had heard about a dozen stories prior, this story particularly affected me and forced me to realize how common this tragedy was. I woke up the next day with the idea for Project Unbreakable," she writes on her site.

Since then, Brown has opened up her site for anonymous submissions, where she has now collected over 2,000 posts from around the world.

In Canada, one in four girls and one in eight boys are sexually abused by age 18, according to Statistics Canada. Research also shows that one in every 17 Canadian women are raped at some point in their lives.

Although the site is not qualified to give certified advice on dealing with sexual assault, Brown believes these images can increase awareness of issues and stigma surrounding sexual assault and encourage the act of healing through art and community.

Brown's personal page has thousands of photos from users of all races and ages. Here are 40 of her latest:

H/T Buzzfeed.

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