This painting represents the placement of fault on rape victims. The piece shows different phrases that are said to rape victims around the body. People are so quick to judge the victims of rape, as if they wanted it and didn't do anything to stop it. However, the words painted on the body show how women feel. It proves that they shouldn't be judged on what they wear and how they act. Men should be judged for thinking rape is acceptable. Just because women have different body parts than men does not mean they can rape them.
The performance artist best known for protesting campus sexual violence says the way to healing is to “feel more". Emma Sulkowicz was a victim of rape during her second year of college. She filed a report with her school about the assault, but the school failed to do anything. Emma decided that as long as the man who raped her still went to school with her, she would cary a twin size mattress around campus. Just like the twin size mattress she was raped on. The art piece gained attention around the country. Emma wasn't afraid to speak up about her assault, and is a powerful role model for victims across the globe.
This article shows the statistics of women that have been raped or sexually assaulted. 1 out of every 6 American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. From the ages of 12-34 women are at the highest risk. Over 20 years of a women's life has a high risk of being sexually assaulted. 90% of rape victims are female. The effects of being assaulted can last a lifetime. 33% of victims commit suicide, and 94% of women develop post traumatic stress disorder. On average 321,500 women are raped or sexually assaulted every year.
Scientists once thought men who committed rape and sexual assault were vastly different than others. Patterns have begun to emerge in the research. To put and end to sexual assault we must understand what men who rape women, have in common. In this article, it states that many assaulters start at a young age, in high school or early years of college. Some predators stop after sexually assaulting someone once, but others continue to assault women. Normally the predators say they were rejected from girls and bullied by jocks, majority share this trait. Although, every man in this study all said they didn't believe they were the problem.
This website offers a safe place for sexual assault victims to speak freely. In the last six months "#metoo" has helped many victims come forward. The website and movement has been around since 2006, but just recently has it gained such publicity. 17,700,000 women have reported a sexual assault since 1998. However, 42% of women that experience sexual assault don't report it on a college campus. This shows that many are still too scared to talk about their experience. This is why the 'me too' movement is so important.
This installation proves that clothing has nothing to do with sexual assault. People are often asked what they were wearing when the assault happened. This automatically makes it seem as if it was the victim's fault. The art exhibit shows that clothing should not be a factor in deciding whether the situation was rape or not. This also proves that the victims of sexual assault can be any race, gander or age.