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About Us

Turning Thoughts Into Actions

Founded by Sara Rose Salih in 2021, The Usual Artspects is a non-profit organization where creativity meets healing. The proceeds from our art shows, vendor markets, concerts, and silent auctions go towards creating affordable and healing programs for women who have survived sexual assault and trauma. 

 
Art Gallery

Our Mission

Our purpose is to create healing through art for female sexual abuse survivors. Our mission is to create advocacy, awareness, education, and resources for survivors through various art and social events.

 
Art Class

Our Vision

Our vision is to provide prevention education that promotes social change to end sexual abuse and design affordable artistic programs of healing for survivors. We will do this through diverse and self-expressive programs comprising art therapy, music/voice/sound healing, creative writing courses, martial arts/self-defense classes, and improvisational comedy.

 
 

Some Facts About Female Sexual Abuse

In the U.S., one in three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. 

17, 700,000 women have been victims of rape since 1998.

Over 94 % of perpetrators of sexual violence walk free.

94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

91% of victims do not report to law enforcement.

90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser.

70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to sever distress. A larger percentage than for any other crime.

33% of female rape survivors will contemplate suicide. 

 

Through these horrifying statistics, it is proven that sexual abuse impacts each and every family. Your sisters, your mothers, your wives, your daughters. These numbers are unacceptable and The Usual Artspects is working hard to awaken awareness on this very serious, very real issue that millions of American women face each and every day. 

When left untreated, trauma can create devastating side effects including (but not limited to):
-Drug and Alcohol Abuse
-Eating Disorders 
-Chronic Anxiety
-Depression
-Panic Disorders
-PTSD
-Toxic and Co-Dependent Relationships
-Self-Harm
-Insomnia
-Fibromyalgia 
-Bi-polar Disorder
-Dissociative Disorder
-Sexual Disorders
-Nightmares
-Flashbacks

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