For Sex Assault Awareness
The Retreat, a nonprofit organization providing services for victims of domestic abuse, has hosted several events during April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The awareness-building campaign continues this week, with events specifically for teenagers and adults.
Today, the East Hampton Library will showcase an exhibition, “What Were You Wearing? A Survivor Art Installation,” which features clothing worn by victims of sexual assault at the time of the attack. The installation also includes survivors’ stories, and the aim is to shatter the myth that sexual violence is caused by a person’s wardrobe. The exhibition is free and will be on display all day.
The installation originated at the University of Arkansas in 2013 and since then has toured many college campuses across the country.
On Saturday, “The Vagina Monologues” returns to the Southampton Arts Center for encore performances at 2 and 7 p.m. This Obie Award-winning episodic play, written by Eve Ensler, introduces a divergent gathering of females who delve into topics such as consensual and nonconsensual sexual experiences, body image, genital mutilation, sex work — all told through the eyes of women of various ages, races, sexualities, and other differences. More details can be found in today’s arts section.
Back at the East Hampton Library, “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary that had its premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, will be screened on Monday starting at 6:30 p.m. Only high schoolers and adults will be admitted. A panel discussion will follow with representatives from the Retreat, the Family Service League, and the New York State Police.
The event is free, and high school students will receive two hours of community service.