Photographer, Taylor Yocom, made a series of portraits featuring her classmates at University of Iowa holding up the items they have to make them feel ‘safer’ and to protect themselves from assault. According to her website which features the project:
Studies say that one in four college women will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduate. In the wake of the taxicab sexual assaults in the Iowa City community last year, my female classmates and I discussed how we keep ourselves safe on walks home at night. We pulled our mace and rape whistles out of our pockets and showed them off—not one of us was fazed. The men in the room were taken aback that we even needed to think about this.
Take a look at some of the objects that these women used. You’ll be shocked to see which one is the most common. The only thing is that they forgot one. Check it out…
H/T BuzzFeed, photos by Taylor Yocom, tayloryo.com.