By TENA L. COOK, CSC Marketing Coordinator
CHADRON – A survivor art exhibit, “What Were You Wearing,” is in the King Library Sept. 16 through Oct. 31. The display, including articles of clothing described by survivors of sexual assault, aims to explore the cultural attitude implying clothing provokes sexual assault, according to Interim Title IX Coordinator Morgan Cullan. The exhibit will be open during regular library hours in the northeast corner of the second floor.
“No one should be shamed or made to feel responsible for being attacked because of the clothing they wear,” Cullan said. “The pieces will be replicas of clothing worn by local survivors who showed strength to tell their stories anonymously. I am hoping this exhibit will generate conversation on campus about sexual assault awareness and will break the cycle of blaming the victim.”
The installation contains descriptions of sexual assault, which can cause a range of emotional reactions.
“We encourage utilizing self-care as needed and to contact campus resources for support,” Cullan said.
Cullan said the Title IX Office, the Library Staff, Residence Life Association, Zeta Alpha Kappa, and Student Senate co-sponsored the display.
Cullan said a series of educational presentations intended to increase awareness about sexual harassment and Title IX by DOVES, a local domestic violence service agency, is planned throughout the fall semester and early next semester. The series, called Let’s Taco About it: It’s Nacho What You Think, is co-sponsored by Residence Life Association and designed to demonstrate how barriers such as sexual harassment can affect educational opportunities. Students will be able to earn points on the Eagle Rewards app by attending. All sessions are in the Student Center from 6 to 7 p.m.
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