GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton declared Oct. 15 as Break the Silence Day. The day is an opportunity for survivors of sexual violence to publicly tell their stories in solidarity with other survivors.

Sarah Super started Break the Silence in 2015 after publicly identifying herself as Alec Neal's rape victim.

"We break the silence not to heal but to create social change," Super said. "By bringing our names and faces to this movement and to this issue we make the issue of sexual violence and rape culture real, something people can't turn away from."

Super said she hopes people will recognize the power of speaking out about experiencing sexual violence. She also encourages people who have not experienced sexual violence to write proactive messages of support to make it easier for survivors to break their silence.

Break the Silence supports survivors of sexual violence by striving to end rape culture and holding perpetrators accountable. They are creating a platform for survivors to publicly say their names and tell their stories. They are also building the nation's first permanent memorial to honor survivors of sexual violence in the Minneapolis Parks system.

For more information on this organization visit the website.