Campus hosts "What Were You Wearing" Art Installation

Installation is part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
By John Christensen - Campus Communications Manager

UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County is hosting Sexual Assault Survivor Art Installation, “What Were You Wearing?” in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  This Installation will be displayed in room A-217 of the Umhoefer Administration Building on campus from April 15 – 26, 2019 during the regular campus hours of 7am-9pm Monday-Thursday, and 7am-4pm Friday.  There will be a public reception to start the viewing period Monday, April 15 at 10am with refreshments available. The UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus is located at 1006 Connie Road, in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

This is the first year that UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County is running this national installation, in conjunction with local partners Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, the Sauk County Health Department and the Healthfirst Network. The program was developed and first displayed at the University of Arkansas through their RESPECT (Rape Education Services by Peers Encouraging Conscious Thought) program in 2014. 

According to the national curation guide from the RESPECT Program, the intent of the installation is to create a tangible response to one of our most pervasive rape culture myths, the belief that what someone is wearing “causes” an assault.  “The goal of the Installation is for participants to see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also the stories,” according to the curation guide. “This realization moves us away from blaming the victim for violence and places responsibility where it belongs, on those who caused harm.”

The stories utilized were donated by survivors and are used with their consent, and clothing in the Installation is not the actual clothing worn by the survivor, but are recreations of the stories that were donated.

Content Warning: This installation contains descriptions of sexual violence, which may cause an emotional response. Resources will be available should you need them.

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John Christensen