Local not-for-profit organisation What Were You Wearing Australia (WWYW) will host a ground-breaking fashion show in Newcastle this week.
The survivor-led group, dedicated to educating and advocating for victims of sexual assault, is set to stage Surviving To Thriving at the University of Newcastle’s Gallery space, at Callaghan, on Monday 2 October (7pm), Friday 6 October (2pm and 7pm) and Saturday 7 October (2pm and 7pm).
What makes the event so unique is its concept.
The platform’s crafted by survivors of sexual assault, for survivors of sexual assault, with the primary goal of empowering them and challenging misconceptions surrounding the topic.
It features WWYW’s renowned clothing exhibition, a poignant testament to the fact that sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor, regardless of what they were wearing.
“Surviving To Thriving serves as a powerful reminder that the focus should be on consent, respect and the survivor’s journey toward healing,” event co-director Marcie Cheers said.
“It promises an inspiring and inclusive atmosphere, showcasing survivor-led initiatives and artistic expressions of survival.
“So, we’re excited to partner with the University of Newcastle to bring it to life.
“The event is made by students for students.
“We recognise that rates of sexual assault on campus are unacceptable… and every incident of sexual harm is one too many.
“This is why it was important that we worked closely with the pupils to raise awareness of the subject and provide support and much-needed resources for them.
“To ensure that as many students as possible can attend, no matter their financial situation, the uni has generously donated 100 free tickets for pupils to any of the shows.
“For that, we are immensely grateful for their support.”
WWYW founder Sarah Williams echoed those sentiments.
“We hope that if anyone takes away anything from the event, it would be that sexual assault can happen to anyone, at any time, to any gender or level of ability,” she said.
“The fashion show is an opportunity for survivors to come together while shifting the narrative surrounding sexual assault.
“It is about resilience, strength and, most importantly, thriving in the face of adversity.
“We encourage everyone to secure their tickets early.
“Please join us in supporting survivors and being a part of a societal shift to promote a culture of content and respect.”
Tickets, priced at $20, can be purchased via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/surviving-to-thriving-fashion-show-tickets-689845344997?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
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