What Were You Wearing

View Survivor Art Exhibit

View the 2021 Exhibit here.

View the 2020 Exhibit here.

What Were You Wearing Logo


"What were you wearing?" is an easy question to ask. However, the cost of such a question is high for a survivor of sexual assault. This cost is paid not only through their dreaded answer, but through the burden of self-blame.


This installation asks viewers to recognize that it's never about the clothing, and the act of shedding the clothes can never provide enough peace or comfort to survivors. Abuse is not attached to the fabrics shed, but will become woven into the survivor's story. These exhibits ask observers to evaluate what enabled us as individuals or as a society to ever question, "What were you wearing?".


Submission Details

The What Were You Wearing (WWYW) Exhibit will display replications of outfits from stories of current student, alumni, and current faculty/staff survivors on our Office of Compliance and Equity Management (OCEM) social media accounts and linked google site. The exhibit is entirely online.


If you are interested in sharing your story with our campus community, the survey will ask you for a description of your outfit and a

What Were You Wearing 2019 Photo

short message about the outfit or your story to display with the replication. All information will remain anonymous.


Submission Deadline and Link

The submission link for the 2021 What Were You Wearing Exhibit is now closed. The full exhibit will be online at the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which is Monday, April 12th.



Please practice self-care and contact the UNI Counseling Center at (319) 273-2676, or the Riverview Center at (888) 557-0310 for additional support.

For more information on this exhibit, contact OCEM at equity@uni.edu.