Survivor Art Installation
It is not uncommon for survivors of sexual violence to be asked the question: "What were you wearing?" after a sexual assault. The question has become so pervasive in society that it takes the responsibility away from the perpetrator and puts it deftly onto the survivor that their choice of clothing must have caused them to be raped.
The purpose of this virtual display is to challenge participants to think about this myth, why it exists in our society, and what we can do to change rape culture.
The original art installation was developed and shown at the University of Arkansas in 2014. Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert & Ms. Brockman created the display to visually represent the poem: "What I Was Wearing" by Mary Simmerling.
In the photos below, you will see true survivor stories of the clothing each individual was wearing when they were sexually assaulted. The clothing images are intended to enhance the survivor stories visually in a way that words may not accurately describe.
If you feel the need to speak with someone after viewing this virtual display, please connect with one of the resources listed below: