“What were you Wearing?” exhibits clothes rape victims were wearing at time of assault

Hartford

Outfits of rape victims are on display at the University of Saint Joseph.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the new exhibit demonstrates the clothes or the victim cannot be blamed for sexual assault.

The exhibit is called “What Were You Wearing?” Clothes depicting what victims were wearing at the time of their assault are lined up for the public to see.

Everything from pajamas to running shorts to jeans and a T-shirt, are on display along with their stories.

Michelle Castro, an Alumna of USJ said, “It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing, we have to stop blaming the victim and really put the focus on the offender.”

There are 18 outfits in all re-created for the exhibit. It’s important to point out none of the sexual assaults took place on the campus, these are just some of the stories told by students who attended.

The exhibit is part of a month-long effort to bring awareness to victims and stop sexual assault in Connecticut.

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