One of the worst things in society is victim blaming. It essentially means that the responsibility is driven away from the one that did something, and it’s put on the shoulders of the victim.
It is often the case with forcible intercourse victims who get asked what were they wearing, when people imply that they could have prevented it if they were wearing something else.
To fight against this myth, an art exhibition displayed what victims were wearing when it happened.
Dr. Wyandt-Hiebert and Ms. Brockman are forcible intercourse and intimate partner violence survivor advocates, and they got the idea to create the art exhibition after they attended a conference and read a poem “What I Was Wearing” by Dr. Mary Simmerling.
They decided to create the poem’s visual representation, and they called the art installation “What Were You Wearing?”. The first one was held at the University of Arkansas back in 2014, and students of the university participated.
The installation’s purpose was to show people that one’s clothes will NOT stop someone from doing something, it traveled from one university campus to another since it was first displayed. It also inspired many other similar installations, and you can check some of the exhibits below: