In September of 2017, the University Kansas curated a powerful art exhibit titled “What Were You Wearing?” In this art exhibit it powerfully answered the question that many people ask victims of sexual assault after the incident.

The art exhibit showcases the exact outfit an individual wore when they were sexually assaulted. This art exhibit aimed to extinguish the idea that women must be dressed whorishly to be sexually assaulted. The clothes are placed with a direct quote from the survivor explaining the outfit. Some outfits are from childhood sexual assault victims which show a loss of innocence at such a young age.

This art exhibit is a powerful representation that works to fight the idea that women are only assaulted when minimally clothed. Women are regularly assaulted no more in a bikini than in a pair of jeans and t-shirt.

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Kaylee Fisher

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