What were you wearing?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

SACC Exhibit

A snapshot of the What Were You Wearing? exhibit

Contributor: Amy Flanders, Executive Director at Sexual Assault Crisis Center - Fox Cities, Inc.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center – Fox Cities, Inc. has two initiatives that will help raise awareness, educate the community, and protect children.

What Were You Wearing? Exhibits

The Sexual Assault Crisis Center recreated the exhibit, What Were You Wearing? The idea behind this exhibit was created in 2013 at the University of Arkansas to address the myth that what a person wears is what causes sexual violence. The stories told are from survivors and are used with their consent. The clothing in the exhibits are not the actual clothing worn, but are recreations of their stories. 
 
You can see these exhibits displayed throughout the community during the month of April. Visit our Facebook page for a location near you. The final installation will be on April 25th at UW-Fox Valley, Union Hall. The exhibit opens at 2:30 p.m., the open house is from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and program begins at 5:30 p.m.
 
"KNOW More to Protect Children" program

  • 1 in 10 children faces the horror of being sexually abused by their 18th birthday.
  • 93% of victimized children are abused by someone they KNOW and TRUST.
  • However, less than 30% of parents talk with their children about sexual abuse.

"KNOW More to Protect Children" is a program that uses the evidence-informed curriculum, Stewards of Children Darkness to Light. It is the only child sexual abuse primary prevention program for adults in the nation.
 
Darkness to Light encourages every community to achieve what Malcolm Gladwell calls the tipping point. Tipping points occur when a small number of people effect widespread social change:

  • The Issue: Child sexual abuse;
  • The Movement: KNOW More to Protect Children; and,
  • The Tipping Point: Educate 5% of the Fox Cities adult population which is 8,255 adults.

This is a three-year initiative and it can only be realized with the help of volunteers. We are seeking 30 volunteers in year-one to become Darkness to Light educators. If you or someone you know has presentation skills and wants to give back to the community, visit our website for more information and to complete the online application.
 
Child sexual abuse is an adult issue. Help us build a community framework that protects children from sexual abuse.
 
With your help, a world without sexual violence is possible.