Uw platteville baraboo-sauk county is tackling the issue of sexual assault with art.
The installation opened on monday in recognition of sexual assault month, and the discussion it's starting is challenging.
Chris lueneburg reports.
While the rest of uw plateville baraboo sauk county bustles as normal, room a-217 has been a silent space this week.
(((i've heard a lot about it.))) home to a subject that's too often talked about in hushed voices.
((it's eye opening.))) clothes are draped on the walls like ghosts- recreated outfits of what people were wearing when they were sexually assaulted.
(((when you go through you expect it to be shorts and a crop top.
But all of these clothes are pajamas, or sweats, or a prom dress.))) this impactful installation- called "what were you wearing"- is built to tackle an ages-old stigma.
(((it doesn't matter what someone was wearing when something like this happened.
You can be wearing next to nothing, you can be wearing pajamas, you can be wearing dirty workout clothes.
The person who is going to perpetrate is going to perpetrate regardless of what you are wearing.))) the walls are adorned with workout clothes- a prom dress- pajamas.
Accompanied by stories of survivors.
(((i might be wearing something that i woudln't wear to church, but that doesn't mean that i deserve that.
And i still have the right to come forward and be believed and find comfort in being able to disclose that situation.))) university administrators say that though it's silent in this room, the lesson the installation teaches speaks for itself- for students and the community.
(((really, prevention and education.
We want to make sure they are smart.
That they are thinking proactively.
It doesn't matter what you were wearing or who you are.))) though it can be hard for some survivorsl o to find thier voice- society is ready to speak up.
(((maybe they'll realize that 'what you were wearing?'
Shouldn't be the first question you ask))) if you have experienced sexual assault, the hope house of south central wisconsin has a 24-hour confidential helpline