FHSU Women’s Leadership Project to display “What Were You Wearing” exhibit

HAYS, Kan. – The Women’s Leadership Project at Fort Hays State University is partnering with Options Domestic and Sexual Violence Services and Jana’s Campaign to host the “What Were You Wearing” exhibit.

The display, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 18, through Friday, April 20, at the Hays Arts Center Annex, 1010 Main St. The exhibit will also be displayed from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, on the main floor of FHSU’s Forsyth Library.

The art installation features a collection of articles of clothing recreated to represent clothing worn by survivors of sexual assault at the time of their assault. The question, “What were you wearing” is pervasive for many, if not most, survivors.

“This art installation, originating at the University of Arkansas in 2013, seeks to educate participants and bring awareness,” said Hollie Marquess, instructor of history. “The clothing a person wears is never an invitation to, nor a cause, of sexual assault.”


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