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theglobeandmail.com A landmark Canadian study instructed participants on how to confront the risk of s*xual assault on campus, reports Erin Anderssen. While it’s a partial solution – and an imperfect one – research shows resistance tactics work
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qz.com A new study shows self-defense training resulted in a 46% reduction in completed r**e and a 63% reduction in attempted s*xual assault.
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A powerful exhibit is taking on one of the most pervasive victim-blaming s*xual violence myths -- and the prejudice that survivors face. “What Were You Wearing: Survivor Art Installation” pairs 18 outfits with stories from real s*xual assault survivors about their experiences. The exhibit, which appeared this month at the University of Kansas, is intended to “confront and disrupt” the myth that s*xual assault is provoked by someone’s dress, says Jen Brockman, the creator of the exhibit and the director of KU’s S*xual Assault Prevention and Education Center. “We wanted students, or anyone, to walk into the show and to see themselves reflected in the outfits,” she explains, “and put the blame where it belongs, which is on the person who’s caused the harm.” Brockman hopes that such exhibits help create a counter-narrative in regard to victim blaming: “Instead of asking, ‘What were you wearing?’ we want to ask, ‘How can we help?’”
The Survivor Art project first began in 2013 at the University of Arkansas, and has since traveled to a number of universities. To create it, Brockman collected stories from survivors and then sought out donated clothing to match the descriptions. The stories are poignant and painful. One woman wrote: “A sun dress. Months later, my mother would stand in front of my closet and complain about how I never wore any of my dresses anymore. I was six years old.” Another said, “Khakis and a dress shirt. I had to give a presentation that day in my communications class. They took my clothes at the hospital during my r**e exam. I'm not sure what happened to them." The display had a powerful impact of the students who attended. "I think it's incredibly powerful," observes KU student Katie Myler. "I think that more people should see it, because we should start to normalize things like this, because nobody wants to ever talk about it. And that's why it keeps happening."
Brockman, who plans to create a virtual installation online later this year, says that prompting such conversations can help foster greater empathy for survivors and combat victim-blaming. “Participants can come into the gallery and see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also in the stories,” she explains. “To be able to create that moment in this space where they say, ‘Wow I have this outfit hanging in my closet,’ or ‘I wore this this week.’ By doing this we could hopefully reveal the myth that if we just avoid that outfit then we’ll never be harmed or that somehow we can eliminate s*xual violence by simply changing our clothes.” According to Brockman, the exhibit has also had a powerful impact on survivors: “When survivors come through, what we hear expressed often is validation. It’s not the clothing that causes s*xual violence, it’s the person who causes harm. Being able to find that peace for survivors and that moment of awareness for communities is the real motivation behind the project.”
To read more about the “What Were You Wearing?” exhibit in the Chicago Tribune, visit http://trib.in/2eZg8zA
For books to start teaching children -- girls and boys alike -- from a young age about age about body privacy and the need to respect others, we highly recommend: "I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private" for ages 4 to 7 (http://amzn.to/2pDSNH2) and "My Body! What I Say Goes!" for ages 3 to 6 (https://www.amightygirl.com/my-body)
For more resources to help talk to girls about their bodies, consent, and s*xuality, check out our blog posts “Body Smart, Body Safe: Talking with Young Children About Their Bodies” (https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11069) and “A Time of Change: Talking with Tweens and Teens About Their Bodies” (https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11090)
For an excellent parenting book that offers advice on how to talk to teenagers about s*x, respect, and consent, we highly recommend "For Goodness S*x: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About S*xuality, Values, and Health" at https://www.amightygirl.com/for-goodness-s*x
For two fiction books that address r**e and s*xual violence and offer a helpful way to spark conversations with young adult readers around s*xual assault, we recommend "Speak" for ages 13 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/speak) and "The Way I Used To Be" for ages 15 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/the-way-i-used-to-be)
And, if you know a teen girl struggling after s*xual abuse or trauma, “The S*xual Trauma Workbook for Teen Girls: A Guide to Recovery from S*xual Assault and Abuse” may help -- to learn more about this new release, for ages 13 and up, visit https://www.amightygirl.com/s*xual-trauma-workbook-girls
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WARNING: This video contains sensitive images related to s*xual assault. “Sometimes the word ‘no’ isn’t one that everyone hears.” To see a list of resources ...
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On April 3, 2016, a man, posing as an Uber driver, abducted a woman and then violently s*xually assaulted her in the vehicle two blocks away from the pickup ...
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A portion of proceeds from the sale of the song will be donated to organizations helping survivors of s*xual assault. “Til It Happens To You” available for d...
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