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In fulfilling its mission, the Center provides students, faculty, and staff with information, services, and programs that address matters of particular concern to women - while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, religion, political views, and other significant elements in relation to women’s individuality and collective identity.

The "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. The exhibit at Ohio University will be open for viewing from August 30, 2018 - September 13, 2018 in the Trisolini Gallery on the 4th floor of Baker, and is supported by the Women's Center, Survivor Advocacy Program, Campus Involvement Center, the College of Fine Arts, Intersectional Feminist Alliance, Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program, and Student Senate.

clothes hanging in the "What were you wearing" exhibition
Photo credit to Jennifer Sprague.

Survivors of sexual assault were invited to participate in the project by submitting a description of what they were wearing when they were sexually assaulted. 

 

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