'What were you wearing?' exhibit works to end blaming victims of sexual assault

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and several local groups are hoping to get a serious conversation started.

The "What Were You Wearing?" exhibit aims to take away the assumption that victims are to blame in a sexual assault. The exhibit shows different clothing that people experienced sexual assault while wearing.

The organizers, Western Slope Center for Children, with the help of Colorado Mesa University's Sexual Assault Prevention Club, Latimer House and Hilltop's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Service, hope the frank exhibit will start a conversation about sexual assault and the resources here in the Valley.

"I want them to talk about sexual assault, especially if you have children, of course, we're coming from the Center for Children, but to have a discussion with them, especially if they're going into college," Mistalynn Meyeraan, executive director for Western Slope Center for Children, said.

There is one more showing at Red Lion Gallery on 546 Main Street. That takes place on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

There are also two additional showings at CMU's Meyer Ballroom. One is April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the other is April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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