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.