15 powerful photos break the connection between 'sexy' clothes and sexual assault.

Well, what were you wearing?

For her thesis project, Arcadia University senior Katherine Cambareri took pictures of clothes. But while the photos might appear ordinary, they’re anything but.

All the items she photographed were worn by students while they were sexually assaulted.

"Well, What Were You Wearing?" — Cambareri’s senior thesis project — aims to challenge how society can blame survivors of sexual assault by questioning the way they dress, she says.


Here are the items she photographed:

1. A simple women's T-shirt.

All photos by Katherine Cambareri, used with permission.

2. Converse sneakers.

3. A flowered tank top.

4. A standard long-sleeve T-shirt.

5. Sweatpants.

6. A lounge tank top.

7. A heavy winter sweater.

8. Jeans.

9. A casual baggy T-shirt.

10. A flannel.

11. Again, simple and casual jeans.

12. More baggy jeans.

13. Cotton shorts.

14. A simple necklace.

15. And, finally, a modest dress.

The moral of this story? What people wear has nothing to do with sexual assault.

Cambareri says the project was inspired by the book "Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town" by Jon Krakauer, a moving narrative of sexual assaults at the University of Montana.

“It really opened my eyes to victim blaming,” said Cambareri, “and the questions that survivors of sexual assault are asked [that] protect the perpetrator rather than the victim.”

The ultimate goal of her project? To challenge our beliefs about the connection between "too sexy" clothes and sexual assault: “I want people to take time to look at each photograph and realize that society’s assumptions are not always correct,” Cambareri said.

Most Shared

Men are sharing examples of how they step up and step in when they see problematic behaviors in their peers, and people are here for it.

Twitter user "feminist next door" posed an inquiry to her followers, asking "good guys" to share times they saw misogyny or predatory behavior and did something about it. "What did you say," she asked. "What are your suggestions for the other other men in this situation?" She added a perfectly fitting hashtag: #NotCoolMan.

Not only did the good guys show up for the thread, but their stories show how men can interrupt situations when they see women being mistreated and help put a stop to it.

Keep Reading Show less
lop
Culture

Abigail Disney is the granddaughter of the late Roy Disney, the co-founder of the Walt Disney Co. Abigail herself does not have a job within the company, but she has made some public complaints about the way things are being run and how it is effecting the employees of the company.

Disney recently spoke on the Yahoo News show "Through Her Eyes," and shared a story of how a Magic Kingdom employee reached out to her about the poor working conditions at the theme park. So, Disney went to see for herself, and she did not like what she found.

Keep Reading Show less
popular
Photo by Hunters Race on Unsplash

If you're a woman and you want to be a CEO, you should probably think about changing your name to "Jeffrey" or "Michael." Or possibly even "Michael Jeffreys" or "Jeffrey Michaels."

According to Fortune, last year, more men named Jeffrey and Michael became CEOs of America's top companies than women. A whopping total of one woman became a CEO, while two men named Jeffrey took the title, and two men named Michael moved into the C-suite as well.

The "New CEO Report" for 2018, which looks at new CEOS for the 250 largest S&P 500 companies, found that 23 people were appointed to the position of CEO. Only one of those 23 people was a woman. Michelle Gass, the new CEO of Kohl's, was the lone female on the list.

Keep Reading Show less
popular

Netflix

How much of what we do is influenced by what we see on TV? When it comes to risky behavior, Netflix isn't taking any chances.

After receiving a lot of heat, the streaming platform is finally removing a controversial scenedepicting teen suicide in season one of "13 Reasons Why. The decision comes two years after the show's release after statistics reveal an uptick in teen suicide.

"As we prepare to launch season three later this summer, we've been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show. So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we've decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from season one," Netflix said in a statement, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Keep Reading Show less
Culture