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For  Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Gonzaga University and Eastern Washington University are collaborating to present a survivor art installation titled, “What Were You Wearing?”

The installation will be in Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Center Rotunda through April 13, and at EWU’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Room M-17, April 23-27.

According to a press release, the installation, a collection of re-created outfits and descriptions from survivors of sexual assault, is intended to address the issues of sexual violence and victim-blaming. The descriptions were gathered from sexual assault survivors at colleges and universities across the country. Presented at other schools since 2013, the exhibition confronts the myth that one’s clothing somehow caused or contributed to a sexual assault. The installation poses the question: What enabled us as individuals and as a society to ask, “What Were You Wearing?” in the first place?

The installation’s concept was developed in 2013 by health educators Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, Ph.D., director of RESPECT at the University of Arkansas, and Jen Brockman, a Gonzaga alumna who directs the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center at the University of Kansas.

“The installation is about centering the voices of those impacted by violence and challenging the community to have much-needed critical conversations on gender-based violence,” said Brockman in a press release.

Erin Tovey, health educator at Gonzaga’s Center for Cura Personalis, said organizers hope that survivors who experience the installation feel heard, validated, believed, and know that the assault was not their fault, and that others who experience the installation have a greater understanding of the issue of sexual assault and the myths that surround it.

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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