“What Were You Wearing” Clothing Project Photos

At the Child Abuse Prevention Seminar in April, we were excited to reveal a project that had been in process for months: the “What Were You Wearing?” clothing project. As far as we know, it is the first such project to exclusively feature clothing from those who were part of a plain-dressing community at the time of their assault.

At the Child Abuse Prevention Seminar in April, we were excited to reveal a project that had been in process for months: the “What Were You Wearing?” clothing project. As far as we know, it is the first such project to exclusively feature clothing from those who were part of an Amish, Mennonite, or other plain-dressing community at the time of their assault.

Daniel Horst, a Lancaster County photographer, took photos of the project and has graciously allowed us to share them with you.

The Associated Press also produced a video and article about the clothing project as well.

What they wore: Amish Country exhibit spotlights sex abuse by Peter Smith

8 replies on ““What Were You Wearing” Clothing Project Photos”

I don’t think it is meant to demonized this church or belief I think its to highlight that the question what were you wearing should not be ask because it normally implies that the victim was wearing provocative clothing and there for asking for it so pointing out that sexuell assault happens no matter how provocative or not the clothing was and Amish girls are not dressed provocative in any way shape or form yet still end up victims of sexuell assault

Did you not read or listen to the explanation behind THIS particular exhibit before judging & labeling the entire thing “EVIL”? If you had, you would know that it was a special display, & one of many similar displays from other abuse victims, from other denominations & institutions; bcuz apparently there’s no single faith, church, or institution that has a monopoly on such atrocities…yet. We all know by now what motivates a “Christian” to make these generalizations(like crying “get thee behind me Satan!”, or “EVIL!!”)& to strike back when the second their beloved institution is called out…& it’s NEVER from a good, true or pure place. No one’s attacking the Mennonite Church or the Amish(or the Baptist, Evangelical or Catholic Church), so chillax. This is about the victims of childhood sexual assault & abuse across all faiths & practices… so why on earth aren’t you defending THEM?!

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