LEMONT FURNACE, Pa. — In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus is displaying the "What Were You Wearing?" exhibit from April 3 through April 28.
This powerful display features clothing replicas and accompanying stories from survivors of sexual assault, challenging the pervasive myth that what a person wears can contribute to or justify their assault.
Originally created at the University of Arkansas in 2013, the exhibit has since traveled to universities and colleges across the country to raise awareness of the issue of victim-blaming and highlight the experiences of survivors.
"Our display aims to debunk harmful myths and stereotypes surrounding sexual assault, and we hope it will empower students to seek help and support if needed," said Chad Long, director of Student Affairs at Penn State Fayette. "Statistics indicate that one in nine college students may become victims of sexual assault. It's important for us to educate our students on their rights under the Title IX Act, and to highlight the available resources both on and off campus."
The exhibit is open to the public and free of charge and will be displayed in the lower level of the Williams Building from April 3 to April 28. For more information regarding the event, contact Penn State Fayette's Office of Student Affairs at 724-430-4271.