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The “What Were You Wearing?” Student-Survivor Art Installation originated with the RESPECT Program at the University of Arkansas in 2013. The installation, created by Jen Brock and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, was inspired by the poem, “What I Was Wearing?” by Dr. Mary Simmerling. Student survivors voluntarily contributed brief descriptions of what they were wearing when they experienced sexual violence. These descriptions are used to recreate the outfits worn during the assaults. The clothing displayed in the installation are not the actual clothing worn by the survivors, but a visual representation of their stories. With their permission and support, we are bringing this exhibit to students, faculty, administrators, and staff at Nassau Community College.
The intent of the installation is to create a tangible response to one of our culture’s most pervasive myths in rape culture: the belief that clothing or what someone was wearing “causes” rape. This belief is damaging for both our survivors and for our community. This installation allows participants to see themselves reflected in not only the clothing but also the experiences of the survivors.