What might look like just plain, everyday clothes, actually carries a much more powerful message.
“What Were You Wearing? ” is the name of an exhibit that will be on display at Ohio University Eastern.
The title of the exhibit comes from a question that is sometimes asked of sexual assault survivors to discredit them.
The exhibit itself is made up of displays of clothing, as well as stories and descriptions from more than 40 sexual assault survivors from southeastern Ohio. That clothing represents what each person was wearing when they were assaulted.
“It’s really heartbreaking when you walk through here,’ said OUE Director of External Relations E.J. Schodzinski “You really get a feeling for the bravery of the survivors, what they went through. The message from us is really that we are here to support them, to believe them, to be here for them and to let everyone know that sexual violence and rape has no place in our society.”
“What Were You Wearing?” opens March 18 and will run through March 29.
The exhibit will be open for public viewing Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until noon and from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Visitors are also welcome from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Fridays.