April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Every year, 360 Communities participates in SAAM, striving to increase support for victims/survivors, raise awareness, and strengthen prevention. This year, we want to educate people on the forces that enable sexual violence – victim-blaming and rape culture. “What were you wearing?” is one of the most common questions victims/survivors are forced to endure.
To further our cause of changing the culture, 360 Communities seeks to break down this derogatory question. To accomplish this, we are putting together an exhibit to be publicly displayed, titled ‘What Were You Wearing?’. We are looking for volunteers who have been sexually assaulted who may be interested in participating in the project. If you are interested, we ask you to anonymously share a description of what you were wearing when you were sexually assaulted/abused, your age (or approximate), and any thoughts or feelings you would like people to know about what happened to you.
This is completely anonymous. Please do not share any identifying information. We will put together the outfits as described and display them along with any words shared. These exhibits have been done in other cities and have had a powerful impact.
We realize that reading this and recalling your assault may be triggering, regardless of if you chose to participate. Please take the time and space you need to process anything you are feeling, and practice self-care. If you need support, please call our 24/7 Sexual Assault Hotline at (651) 405-1500.