NOT AN INVITATION: Clothes (or the lack of) are not an excuse to sexually assault
Sexual Assault survivors are often plagued with victim shaming questions like "What were you wearing that could have caused the incident?" "How much did you have to drink?" "Why were you out alone?"
No answers to these questions should make a victim responsible. People often find fault in the victim's actions prior to the assault instead of finding fault in the rapist for raping.
No matter what an individual is wearing or where they are, explicit consent is needed for sex or else it is rape.
This photo project is meant to show that no matter what you are wearing or where you are, explicit consent is needed to have sex or else it is rape. If women walked down the street naked and drunk that doesn't mean they are consenting to have sex with anyone. I put out an open request in a couple of groups on social media to see who would be willing to be photographed for this.
Five of the six women pictured have been sexually assaulted or raped. The only one who hadn't been attacked, I sought out and asked personally if she would be a part of this project. Either most of the people I associate myself with just happen to be sexual assault victims or this is a bigger problem than I ever could have imagined.
The women portrayed below are photographed in various locations doing many of the activities women often victim-shamed for everyday.
No matter what a person is or isn't wearing, how much they have had to drink, which race they are, what their sexual orientation is, whether they are male, female or both, no one deserves to be assaulted or objectified.
Wearing little to no clothes at home or in public is not an invitation for sex. Clothes (or the lack of) are not consent!