We need to quit asking survivors, "what were you wearing?"

27 April 2018 Published in DOVE Center Blog
What Were You Wearing DSU, April 2018; photo credit: Chris Caldwell of The Spectrum, St. George What Were You Wearing DSU, April 2018; photo credit: Chris Caldwell of The Spectrum, St. George

Last month, DOVE Center and DSU’s Women’s Resource Committee sponsored an interactive exhibit on campus called “What Were You Wearing,” the purpose of which is to dispel a victim-blaming myth that clothing somehow invites a sexual assault. Victims of crime are not responsible for the crimes committed against them, but in the case of sexual assault, victims are often asked “what were you wearing?” -- a question that implies a victim’s clothing contributed to their being assaulted. We invite you to take a look at these photos and stories from local survivors to literally see for yourself how irrelevant clothing is to the commission of sexual assault. Believing survivors is a critical step in the effort to end sexual violence. #StartByBelieving #DOVEcanhelp #NOMORE