Cleveland native transforms 26-foot bus into public art to raise awareness about sexual assault

Posted at 9:20 AM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 09:20:52-04

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and a Cleveland artist-educator has returned home with a message.

It is a traveling billboard that asks an important question: Why don't women report the assault?

The 26-foot truck has been transformed into a public art project to raise awareness about sexual assault, harassment and domestic violence. Specifically, to draw attention to the different experiences of reporting these crimes for women of color.

"We're interested in highlighting women's experiences; specifically, women of color because these are the voices that are often marginalized," said Neda Moridpour, project collaborator. 

S.A. Bachman is from Cleveland, but calls Los Angeles home now. She and Moridpour are bringing the mobile billboard to town through Saturday. They will also stop in LA, New York and Boston.

"We get to talk one-on-one with people," said Bachman. "Educate people who have questions about the issue. We're talking with a lot of youth, a lot of students, as well as being able to give people resources and material that they can use to educate others." 

They raised the money for the campaign through Kickstarter. The project is called Louder Than Words.

You can visit them Friday, April 27 from 11 AM - 3 PM at Case Western Reserve University. Just look for the truck.