Ohio University

What Were You Wearing?

The "What Were You Wearing?" Survivor Art Installation

A gallery exhibit showing clothing paired with descriptions from survivors of their assault.
Photo credit to Jennifer Sprague.

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, Student Senate, and Ambassadors to the Survivor Advocacy Program.

Coinciding Events Include:

Thursday, August 30, 6:00PM-8:00PM. Trisolini Gallery: Gallery Opening.
 
Tuesday, September 4, 10:00AM-12:00PM. Outside of Trisolini Gallery: Coffee with a Cop and Survivor Advocacy Program.
A photo of an army uniform with a description of their assault.
Photo credit to Jennifer Sprague.
Free coffee and muffins! This is a great opportunity to meet with Ohio University Police Department and to learn more, ask questions, talk about sexual violence prevention and busting rape myths.
 

Wednesday, September 5, 5:30PM-7:30PM. Baker Ballroom: Panel of Experts. 

Visitors to the exhibit will have an opportunity to write down questions that they would like our panelists to address.

Panelists include: Tanice Prince (Victims’ Rights Advocate with Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center), Aaron Eckhardt (Interim Executive Director, BRAVO), Gisell Jeter-Bennett (Diversity, Outreach and Inclusion, College of Engineering, Ohio State University), Elizabeth Pepper (Athens County Assistant Prosecutor), Kim Castor (Director of Survivor Advocacy Program), Divya Warrier (student at Ohio University), Susan Folger, PhD (Counseling and Psychological Services), Chief Powers (Ohio University Police Department), Gigi Secuban, PhD (Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion), Diane Cahill (Director of International Services and Operations), and Kerri Griffin (Interim Director and Title IX Coordinator). Senior Associate Vice President & Dean of Students Dr. Jenny Hall-Jones will serve as moderator.