What Were You Wearing?” art installation to highlight stories of sexual assault

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Binghamton University will host an art installation titled “What Were You Wearing?” as part of the First Friday Art Walk from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Atomic Tom’s Gallery, 196 State Street, Binghamton. 

The “What Were You Wearing?” installation is working to debunk one of culture’s most pervasive rape myths: that the victims’ clothing had anything to do with their assaults. Organizers hope to send a powerful message to the community by displaying outfits that have been recreated along with student-survivors’ stories of sexual assault. 

This event is sponsored by the University’s 20:1 program. Founded in 2004, 20:1 was originally a sexual assault prevention peer education program. Since then, it has grown to also include a bystander intervention program. The main goals of 20:1 are to raise awareness of what constitutes sexual assault, define and explore consent, challenge victim blaming and rape myths, encourage bystander behavior, provide information on how to support victims, and highlight available resources both on and off campus. The name 20:1 is dedicated to the approximately 20 women per hour who are sexually assaulted each day in the United States. 

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