Molestation, rape or sexual assault are the worst possible acts that someone can commit against another human being. It must be nothing short of getting one’s heart ripped right out of their chest. Possibly even worse! And instead of helping them, our society engages in victim blaming or victim shaming. They chuck at them piercingly with illogical questions like ‘What were you wearing?’ Here is an art exhibit that fiercely talks about the victim-blaming.
There are many who think that rapes happen because of the victim’s dressing sense. This art installation stares at such people right in the face and attempts to tear such thoughts apart.
The art exhibit is rightly titled ‘What Were You Wearing?’. And it does a brilliant job of debunking the myth that a victim can avoid the assault if they wear something conservative. But how? Well, it is ingenious, really! The exhibit brings forth the stories of sexual assault survivors, and displays the clothes that these survivors were wearing at the time.
Here are a few pictures from What Were You Wearing?
Apparently, a men’s t-shirt is asking for it, and so is khakis and blouse.
It’s not only men who blame the victim
So women should go canoeing in a burka. Or better yet, not go at all!
What else should a 5-year-old be wearing?
This art exhibit was brought to life back in 2013 by the director of KU’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center, Jen Brockman. In association with Dr. Mary A. Wyandt-Hiebert, of University of Arkansas’ rape education center.
It is heartbreaking to note that something that was built around five years ago is still relevant. Ever since it first came to life, the exhibition has been held at varied locations across the globe. We are still fighting the battle against victim blaming.
And it is high time! People need to understand that NO ONE has a right to assault someone. Irrespective of what a woman wears, where and how she chooses to spend her time, she ISN’T ASKING FOR IT!
Comedian Vir Das in comedy routine ‘Losing it’, perfectly summarises how and why this holds true.
She was asking for it. pic.twitter.com/H7LNDtaTuy
— Vir Das (@thevirdas) December 4, 2018
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