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Anti-rape art exhibit opens at LAPD headquarters

January 13, 2012 |  7:09 am

Rape art exhibit
An art exhibit that focuses on rape, which just opened outside the LAPD headquarters downtown, is attracting a lot of attention.

Titled "Three Weeks in January," the anti-rape campaign is based on a landmark 1977 project "Three Weeks in May" by artist Suzanne Lacy.

The centerpiece of her original work was an L.A. city map on which she stenciled and stamped the word "RAPE" wherever one was reported over a three-week period.

She plans to do that again, but there are striking differences between the new project and the original, and she is the first to admit the social context has changed dramatically over the last three decades.

The incidence of rape in L.A. is down. Public awareness is up. Lacy credits groups like Peace Over Violence and the Rape Treatment Center with making great strides in anti-rape work while acknowledging the work that remains to be done in terms of awareness and prevention.

But one of the most striking differences between the two projects is location. The last time around, she installed the map in a mall near City Hall -- not quite getting access to City Hall itself. (By the end of the three weeks under study, one woman had been raped about 100 yards from the map.)

This time the map has been installed prominently on the LAPD's main campus downtown, outside the Deaton Auditorium. It's one sign of the support that Lacy has received from city officials.

Read more at The Times' Culture Monster blog.


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Photo: Suzanne Lacy during installation of her "rape map" at LAPD headquarters. Credit: Jori Finkel / Los Angeles Times.