"Khakis and a dress shirt. I had to give a presentation that day in my communications class. They took my clothes at the hospital during my rape exam. I'm not sure what happened to them."
The poem that inspired this
Installation will be on display.
The stories utilized were donated by survivors and are used with their consent.
It is our hope that survivors who experience the Installation feel heard, validated, believed, and know that the assault was not their fault.
To ask the question, “what were you wearing?” costs the questioner nothing, there is no labor in making this statement. However, the survivor must pay dearly in not only their answer; but also, in the burden of self-blame.
The goal of the Installation is for participants to see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also the stories. This realization moves us away from blaming the victim for violence and places responsibility where it belongs, on those who caused harm.
No Cost To Attend
The installation contains descriptions of gender based violence. Please utilize self-care as needed. Support resources will be available to attendees during the installation.
Clothing in the Installation is not the actual clothing worn by the survivor, they are recreations of the stories that were donated.