What Were You Wearing? Survivor Art Exhibition

When :

from Wednesday 10 October, 2018
to Tuesday 27 November, 2018

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Where :

Casa Canibal, Paseo Colón, Calle 28, Casa 2810, 10103, San José, Costa Rica

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The UNESCO office in San Jose, in collaboration with the Spanish Cultural Center in Costa Rica, will hold an exhibition called "What Were You Wearing?" whose main objective is to promote awareness of sexual violence and combat guilt among victims, thus breaking the false myth that a sexual assault can be prevented by changing the way we dress.
This exhibit originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013 and was designed by Jen Brockman, director of the University of Kansas Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert, who oversees all initiatives of the University of Arkansas' rape education program.
Inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling's poem, What I Was Wearing, they designed this exhibition, which will be reproduced in Costa Rica with the intention of reflecting on it here, where reports of sexual crimes increased 74% in 13 years.
The outfits presented have been recreated from the real stories of student victims of sexual assault.
The exhibition, which opens on 10 October, will be on display until 26 November, in the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The exhibition will be accompanied by a social network campaign with the hashtag #quellevabaspuesto (What were you wearing?).