Help. Hope. Healing
April is Child Abuse Prevention month and Sexual Assault Awareness month. The Center is joining forces with the Colorado Mesa University Sexual Assault Response Team and the Sexual Citizens Club, Latimer House and Goodwill of Colorado to feature the What Were You Wearing? Art Installation. The project, inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling's poem, What I Was Wearing, is a recreation of what student survivors at the University of Arkansas were wearing when they experienced sexual violence.
The Installation asks viewers to understand that it was never about the clothing a person was wearing when they were assaulted; the act of shedding those clothes is never enough to bring peace or comfort to survivors. The assault is not simply woven into the fabric of the material, it is a part of the survivor's new narrative. 
If only ending sexual violence was as easy as changing our clothes…instead, it requires all of us to evaluate what enabled us as individuals and as a society to ask,  “what were you wearing?” in the first place.
What Were You Wearing is open to the public at two locations:
April 4th at the Mesa County Public Library, 443 N. 6th Street, 5:00p to 7:30pm
April 11th  and 12th Colorado Mesa University, Meyer Ballroom,  11:00am to 4:00pm

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