Toronto – YWCA Canada has launched a fashion collection that uses online troll comments to combat the blaming of sexual assault victims.
The fashion brand, created in collaboration with Juniper Park\TBWA, aims to address how assault victims are often blamed. Although none of the pieces could be purchased, the collection, Blamé, was unveiled with a pop-up store and website.
The pop-up store presented pieces such as a black dress, a mini skirt and heels, accompanied with a placard displaying a real comment taken from social media. Next to a lipstick, a comment stated that wearing lipstick is a trap. Next to a miniskirt, a comment read: ‘if she wasn’t dressed like a skank, she wouldn’t get raped’. The website echoed this, with the quotes replacing the product descriptions in an e-commerce template.
‘When you look at the actual statements that victim-blamers make, it always comes down to what victims were wearing, how they were behaving, what they drank,’ Terry Drummond, chief creative officer at Juniper Park\TBWA, told Fast Company. ‘Our point of view is that no one ever asks to be raped… The campaign is pleading to say, think before you speak.’
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