What Were You Wearing: Violence Against Women Project Sheet

Dispelling a Myth About Sexual Assault

This project was originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013 – created by Jen Brockman and Dr. Mary Wyandt-Hiebert. It was inspired by Dr. Mary Simmerling’s poem What I Was Wearing. One objective was to provide a visual representation of the poem in order to dispel the common belief that clothing causes sexual violence.


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More than 50 stories were collected as part of the original installation. It is not expected that all will be used in each display. Decide on a representative set of stories and gather the appropriate clothing. The survivor’s description will be provided with each outfit. 

Toolkit Elements:

Survivor Outfit Stories:

Installation Poem

Installation Packet Booklet – Details on Planning the Exhibit

Intallation Info Cards

Installation Flyer

What were you wearing press release

Content Warning



The poem What I Was Wearing must be displayed with the Installation 

The stories utilized were donated by survivors and are used with their consent. 

 Clothing in the Installation is not the actual clothing worn by the survivor, they are recreations of the stories that were donated 

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