Minnesota Moment: Park Board Approves Design, Location of Memorial to Sexual Violence Survivors

July 13, 2017 01:09 PM

The Minneapolis Park Board Wednesday unanimously approved the design and location for a permanent memorial honoring survivors of sexual violence.

The memorial will be placed on Boom Island, overlooking the Mississippi River.


The group Break the Silence is raising money for the memorial. According to the group's website, it will be "comprised of benches arranged in a circle, making space for truth-telling and dialogue."

"Additionally there will be panels of mosaic - an art (that) reminds us that even broken pieces can come together as something beautiful."

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Minneapolis mayor Betsy Hodges, who this past spring went public with her story of surviving sexual assault in her childhood, praised the board's decision in a Facebook post Wednesday evening.

"When I chose last spring to tell my story publicly of being a survivor of childhood sexual assault, I chose Break the Silence Day," Hodges wrote. "The mission of Break the Silence, founded by the dynamic and big-hearted Sarah Super, is to create a world where survivors can tell our stories freely and to support survivors in our healing.

Now, Break the Silence is working with the Minneapolis Park Board to take a big leap forward in fulfilling their mission. I'm grateful that at their meeting this evening, the Park Board unanimously approved the concept design and location for a permanent memorial to honor survivors of sexual violence. The memorial will be located in Boom Island Park, overlooking our beautiful Mississippi River and downtown skyline. It will be the first of its kind anywhere in our country."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to continue raising money for the memorial.


Frank Rajkowski

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