Should a victim’s dressing be part of a discourse on sexual assault?
A black skirt and a red sweater; cargo shorts and t-shirt; a striped sundress. The last one belonged to a six year-old.
“What Were You Wearing: Survivor Art Installation” was a powerful exhibition that paired 18 outfits with stories from real sexual assault survivors about their experiences. Although hosted by an American university, many survivors of sexual assault can attest to being asked this very question regardless which part of the world they’re from.
Jen Brockman, the creator of the exhibit and the director of the University of Kansas’ Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center said that the aim was for students, or anyone, to walk into the show and to see themselves reflected in the outfits and put the blame where it belongs, which is on the person who’s caused the harm.
Have you ever been told that the way you dress could “invite trouble”? How did (or would) you react when or if someone said this to you?
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Author: Brenda Haas
Editor: Marjory Linardy
Date12.10.2017 | 15:26