The Family Crisis Center is hosting an art exhibit titled, “What Were You Wearing?” as April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

The exhibit will be held in the Hemming Village lobby from April 23-26. It will display art addressing myths of sexual assault victims being responsible due to their clothing choices.

The display will feature stories from survivors of sexual assault along with replicas of clothing worn at the time of their assault. The Family Crisis Center describes the stories as powerful and hopes they will be eye-opening to visitors of the three-day event.

Photo credit to Jennifer Sprague, Kansas Photographer.

“This exhibit has the potential to help our community more fully comprehend the reality of sexual assault and help them further develop a sense of empathy toward victims and survivors,” said Margie Harris, executive director of the Family Crisis Center, in an official press release.

A poem titled “What I Was Wearing,” written by Mary Simmerling, inspired the exhibit when Mary Wyandt-Hiebert and Jen Brockman, both employees of universities in the United States, received the poem at a sexual assault prevention conference and quickly envisioned a visual message to the poem’s expression.

Brockman and Wyandt-Hiebert told the Family Crisis Center that since the exhibit’s establishment in 2013 over 50 countries on five continents have requested to host the displays.

All members of the community are invited to attend the event next week and are encouraged to contact the Family Crisis Center with any questions.