Brockman told HuffPost that the main goal of “What Were You Wearing?” is to promote awareness about sexual violence and to combat victim-blaming.
“Participants can come into the gallery and see themselves reflected in not only the outfits, but also in the stories,” she said. “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 sexual violence by simply changing our clothes.”
▲Art Exhibit Powerfully Answers The Question ‘What Were You Wearing?’ (via Huffington Post)
“I really, really hope to make people uncomfortable looking at these images.”“I want people to think about victim blaming and how asking ‘What were you wearing?’ is not a valid question because victims never ‘ask’ to be assaulted. Sexual assault occurs because a person decided to assault another person, and for no other reason.”
▲Photographer Documents What Students Wore When They Were Sexually Assaulted (via Huffington Post)
Then came the ''denim defense,'' or what Italian lawmakers are calling the ''jeans alibi'' -- a court ruling that suggested that a woman cannot be raped if she is wearing jeans because, the ruling contended, they are impossible to remove unless she helps. That decision -- and the country's reaction to it -- has reopened an angry debate about rape and about how judges view sexual assault.
▲Ruling on Tight Jeans and Rape Sets Off Anger in Italy (via New York Times)
Ms. Mussolini said she was ''outraged'' by the recent ruling. ''That decision seemed like it came from 50 years ago,'' she said. ''The judges obviously have no sensitivity to the psychology of rape -- no understanding of how victims think or how real life works.''
▲Ruling on Tight Jeans and Rape Sets Off Anger in Italy
A judge in 2006: "They made their intentions publicly known that they wanted to party."
A rape survivor in 2010: "I was wearing what my mother described, disapprovingly, as an extended belt, but what to me was just a fashionable miniskirt."2010年，一位强奸案的幸存者：“当时我穿着一条短裙。对我来说它只是一条时尚的迷你裙而已，但我妈却愤怒地把它描述为一条伸长了的皮带！”
A priest in 2012: "How often do we see girls and mature women going around scantily dressed and in provocative clothes?"2012年，某位牧师：“我们是不是常常看到一些女的穿得很暴露很挑逗在附近晃呢？”
A cop in 2014: "If a woman is wearing provocative clothing, the change needs to come from her."2014年，某位警察：“如果一个女人穿得很暴露，那要反省和改变的是她。”
▲Here Are 9 Times Clothing Was Blamed for Sexual Assault — Rather Than the Obvious (via Mic)
这一次我依然是幸运的，我遇到的这位男生，他并不是坏人流氓，并没有企图性侵或伤害我，对我他将他的学校，专业，家庭信息托盘而出，一本正经地表示可以为我放弃宗教和国籍。惊讶之余我只能做到感恩于他对我莫名其妙突如其来的狂热感情和生理上的尊重(他毕竟没有实际性质地伤害我，虽然事实上他给我施加了很大的心理压力)。这也是为什么，我本可一走了之，拉黑所有联系方式，不再管这件事，大可不必回国以后浪费时间精力再三打扰马来警方和大使馆，请求务必保障他的生命安全，请求派医生去治愈他可能有的心理疾病———我宁愿相信如他所说，对我“so much love you”“from my heart”“first love”“if not, you see my dead body”，虽然，一头雾水的我完全没有丁点可能接受这份我承受不来的感情。