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‘what were you wearing?’ exhibit denounces sexual assault victim blaming

September 18, 2017
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“What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Installation” is the powerhouse much-needed exhibition that demolishes one of the fundamental flaws in rape culture where a victim’s attire becomes reasoning for their attack. The installation with on exhibition last week at the Kansas Union gallery on the University of Kansas campus and it featured a display of outfits worn by sexual assault survivors during their attack. The point? To show that sexual assault occurs regardless of what one is wearing and that victim blaming is misplaced cruelty.

“We wanted students, or anyone, to walk into the show and to see themselves reflected in the outfits,” said Jen Brockman, Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center director. “… and put the blame where it belongs, which is on the person who’s caused the harm.”

The exhibition was made in collaboration with the KU Student Union Activities and the KU Sexual Assault Prevention.