Exhibit to raise awareness of sexual assault

In recognition of National Sexual Assault Awareness month, Tiffin University is to host a gallery exhibit featuring various displays.

The Diane Kidd Gallery is to host “Honoring Our Past. Creating Hope for the Future” starting with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. today. The gallery is inside the Hayes Center for the Arts.

The exhibit is coordinated by TU’s Office for Equality, Access & Opportunity.

“The exhibit is to celebrate the progress made by those before us as we look to a future of crime victim services that are more inclusive, accessible and trauma-informed,” Joseph Van Kerkhove, gallery director, said.

According to Van Kerkhove, the gallery is to exhibit displays from each of the following projects:

“What I Was Wearing” is an art display that aims to shatter the myth that sexual violence is caused by a person’s wardrobe. The display includes various outfits and stories about what rape survivors had on when they were attacked.

“The Silent Witness Initiative” This display honors the lives of domestic violence homicide victims. This art displays free-standing, life-sized wooden figures, each one bearing the name of a woman who once lived, worked, had neighbors, friends, family and children and whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, partner or acquaintance.

“The Clothesline Project” This display brings awareness to the issue of violent crimes. It is a means for those who have been affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a T-shirt to be hung on a clothesline display.

“The collection of stories and artwork displayed in the gallery creates an environment for reflection, education, and awareness about sexual violence,” Van Kerkhove said.

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