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Survivor Centered Programs

Arts-Based Survivor Centered Programming

Please join us each fall semester at Ohio University as we use art to communicate the diversity of survivors' experiences. Events to date have included a viewing of The Monument Quilt that filled Peden Stadium (October 2017), the What Were You Wearing exhibit, and Through the Survivors' Lens.  

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These programs provide an opportunity to: centralize survivor stories in our understanding of sexual, dating, and domestic violence, and stalking; place the onus of prevention to fall on perpetrators rather than survivors; combat rape myths and stigma; and build empathy within our community for survivor stories. 

In this Space: Disrupted

The 2020 fall exhibit, In This Space: Disrupted [working title], will focus on geographies of space and is being organized by the Women’s Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Health Promotion, Ohio University Art Galleries, Office of Instructional Innovation, and Ohio Today, as well as other partners. We are asking survivors to join us in making visible the places and spaces in which sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and harassment occur and how we, as a society, can create spaces of healing. The organizers encourage participation from all survivors, of all identities and backgrounds.

Learn more about how to participate here.

"What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation

The “What Were You Wearing?” Survivor Art Installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013. Created by Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, the project was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem, What I Was Wearing. Using descriptions of clothing that was worn when survivors were sexually assaulted, organizers find clothing that closely mirrors those descriptions. The descriptions and the clothing are then displayed as a challenge to the notion that what people are wearing causes sexual violence. This exhibit includes 41 personal experiences of students, community members, and more, that were provided to organizers at the Ohio University Athens campus. Ohio University Athens sponsors of the exhibit include the Women's Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Campus Involvement Center, the College of Fine Arts and University Galleries, Intersectional Feminist Alliance, Student Senate, and Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program.

This exhibit also travels to regional and extension campuses, and has thus far been viewed at Ohio University Cleveland, Eastern, and Lancaster. You may view the exhibit at Ohio University Southern from September 6, 2019-October 4, 2019. 

To request a visit to a regional or extension campus, please email womenscenter@ohio.edu. To view the exhibit online, please visit: https://ohiotoday.org/fall-2018/what-were-you-wearing/

For information about the origins of the exhibit nationally, and to find out how to have your own installation, please visit: https://sapec.ku.edu/what-were-you-wearing

Through the Survivors' Lens

Through the Survivors’ Lens provides a compelling, visual means for provoking thought and reflection within the University community much like the Monument Quilt did in Fall 2017, and the What Were You Wearing Exhibit in Fall 2018. Fifty-two photographs are presented, from twenty survivors. Some photographs reflect childhood trauma, sexual violence in college and domestic violence in long-term marital relationships. Everyone can experience the exhibit in different ways. In the physical exhibit, braille is provided, as is audio recordings, with item descriptions of the photographs. 

Experience the exhibit online: The Women's Center is honored to announce that a 360-immersive virtual exhibit for Through the Survivors' Lens (a photography exhibit about sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, harassment, and stalking) is now available through the OHIO Women magazine due to an incredible partnership with the Ohio University Grid Lab and Ohio University's Office of Instructional Innovation. 

Through the Survivors' Lens supported by the Women's Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Health Promotion, Counseling and Psychological Services, the College of Fine Arts and University Galleries, Office of Instructional Innovation, Ohio University Libraries, Better Bystanders, Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program, and the Student National Medical Association. 

This exhibit was originally shown at Ohio University Athens in Fall 2019. To request a visit to a regional or extension campus, please email womenscenter@ohio.edu.

Workshops through the Women's Center

The Women's Center has developed a page that details all of the workshops we offer by request, including Identifying Rape Culture and How to Respond. Pease visit our page on workshops for more information: https://www.ohio.edu/womens-center/workshops. Workshops may be requested by emailing womenscenter@ohio.edu.


Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual event to take back the night from sexual and domestic violence. Everyone, regardless of gender identity, is encouraged to participate in these series of events that focus on survivor experiences. This event occurs annually on the first Thursday in April. For more information, visit: https://www.ohio.edu/womens-center/take-back-night.

Interpersonal Power Based Violence Prevention

Throughout the year, staff at the Women's Center works with colleagues, students, and community members on issues of sexual violence prevention. In addition to annual programming listed above, we strive to incorporate sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking violence prevention into many of our programs, including: film showings that deal with sexual violence in a multitude of ways (such as the documentary The Trials of Spring which showed how sexual violence is used to silence women as political dissenters, or Pens to Pictures' short film on incest and sexual abuse entitled The Devastating Game), and presentations that help us understand sexual violence and/or prevention efforts (such as Identifying Rape Culture and How to Respond, Emily Yates' presentation on disability, or The Handmaid's Tale). We also work to provide programs that improve self-confidence and leadership in women as part of a broader culture change about women's roles in society. In short, we host a number of events that address sexual violence and are created to support survivors. We encourage you to attend events throughout the year, listed on our calendar page, in addition to joining us for Take Back the Night. It is all of our responsibilities to end sexual violence, every day of the year. If you want to get involved in programming, or would like information about receiving an exemption from mandatory reporting, please visit the Presidential Advisory Council to End Sexual Misconduct website. Many of our large scale events include collaborations with the Campus Involvement Center, the Survivor Advocacy Program, and Counseling and Psychological Services. Please connect with them for other ways to get involved and/or for support!

Women's Center staff is required by law to report cases of sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and domestic violence to the Office of Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. This applies to all of our events as well, unless it is specifically noted that an event or program has received a mandatory reporting exemption. Information about reporting is available through the ECRC website. They also provide information about confidential resources.