Community Art Against Victim Blaming
On April 2nd, at the big green hill at Confluence Park, Denver’s Guerrilla Urban Art Force (GUAF) will stage a demonstration to advocate for victims of rape. Inspired when the man who raped one of their friends was found not guilty in spite of DNA evidence and the fact that his own sister testified against him, members of GUAF started a blog andfacebook page with the hope of bringing attention to the sensible, but apparently difficult-to-process concept that rape victims don’t ask for it and are not to blame for being raped.
The project, called “I Didn’t Ask For It: Rape is a Crime, Being Raped is Not” has inspired dozens of people from Maryland and New York to California and Washington, to create more than 150 flags in support of rape survivors and in protest of rape victim blaming for sexual assault awareness month this April 2011. The flags will be displayed on the big green hill at Confluence Park on Saturday, April 2nd from 9 – 11 am.
After this art demonstration the flags will be sewn together to become a robe for a life size metal figure which will be displayed at the 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma in San Diego this September.