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What Were You Wearing – Exhibit
April 26 @ 8:00 am - April 29 @ 5:00 pmFREE
April 2023 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
At colleges and universities around the country, it has been reported that two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassment. Studies have also found approximately 26% of all female undergraduate students, and nearly 7% of all male undergraduate students, have experienced sexual assault.
Survivors of sexual assault are often asked, “What were you wearing?” This form of victim-blaming has created a negative experience for survivors. Asking a survivor about what they were wearing implies that they did something wrong to invoke the attack.
What Were You Wearing Exhibit
This April, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will host an exhibit that displays and features stories of sexual violence and representation of what a victim was wearing at the time of their assault. The intent of the exhibit would be to remove the negative connotation of victim-blaming and debunk this myth that what an individual was wearing was “their fault.” The What You Were Wearing exhibit is a national program that many colleges and universities host. The exhibit’s goal is to bring a greater awareness of the myths surrounding survivors of sexual assault, and that what they were wearing has no bearing on being assaulted. The exhibit will be displayed for three days for participants in April and a featured presenter will share their account of a sexual assault they experienced. The presenter will provide a shared account of their experience while highlighting “What they were wearing,” how they have overcome the assault through support and resources, and they will answer questions.
It will be the goal to display the exhibit in an area on campus that will highlight featured stories shared by survivors of sexual assault. The Executive Director of DEI will solicit shared stories of survivors within the Blackburn community and surrounding area (students, staff, faculty, and community members). These shared stories will remain anonymous and on a volunteer basis. The Executive Director of DEI will launch a campaign in partnership with Marketing and Public Relations. In addition, the Executive Director of DEI will partner with the Art department to facilitate and coordinate the actual exhibit for display.
Share Your Story
What Were You Wearing Submission Form
Do you have a story you want to share to add to our Installation of the What Were You Wearing Art exhibit? Fill out the online form and share your story today.
For more information on the history of the project and to read the “What I Was Wearing Poem,” click here.