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“What Was I Wearing?” (“¿Qué Traía Puesto?”) is an important and topical exhibition that invites the community to question harmful attitudes and reactions by sharing the stories of survivors and representing the outfits they were wearing at the time of the assault. The outfits displayed will be assembled based on descriptions given by survivors, or from clothes donated by the survivors themselves.
This exhibition aims to challenge the belief that the clothes a person wears determines how likely they are to be sexually assaulted. Too often, survivors are asked what they were wearing at the time of the assault, or other questions about the time, place or circumstances – suggesting that they are at fault for what happened to them. Sexual assault is never the survivor’s fault – instead, the blame should lie with the person who chose to harm them.
What is sexual assault?
SAFE’s definition of sexual assault is any forced, coerced, or unwanted sexual experience. It can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, or age.** Sexual assault doesn’t just happen between strangers. More often it happens between people who already know each other – intimate partners, acquaintances, coworkers, family members, and trusted friends.
We are no longer taking story submissions at this time, but may again in the future.