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Simmons remembers victims of domestic violence with annual Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of t-shirts that bear witness to domestic violence and sexual assault. Each shirt is decorated to represent a person's experience of rape, incest, battery, homophobia; or as a tribute to someone who has lost their life at the hands of their partner. The shirts are decorated by the survivors themselves or their loved ones.

This year Simmons College celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Clothesline Project in honor of alumna and domestic violence victim, Betsy McCandless. Betsy graduated from Simmons College in 1971 and went on to earn her master's degree in counseling.

When she was 42-years-old, she met the "man of her dreams" and was married within three months. Her husband almost immediately started beating her. He stole her money, her car and her self-esteem. After six months she escaped and went into hiding. One day after attending her support group, she was feeling confident and decided to return to her apartment to retrieve her mail. Her then ex-husband was there waiting for her. Tragically, Betsy was the victim of a murder-suicide.

The Clothesline Project at Simmons College is organized by Betsy's Friends, an organization on campus committed to spreading awareness and educating students about healthy relationships, domestic violence and sexual assault. Every year Betsy's Friends puts together a program for The Clothesline Project which remembers Betsy and other victims of domestic and sexual assault.


steve.jpgBetsy's brother, Board of Trustees Member Stephen McCandless, talks about his sister and how Simmons is educating students about domestic violence and what to do if they find themselves in a violent situation.
If you or someone you know needs help dealing with cases of domestic violence or sexual assault, please call the Simmons College Counseling Center Staff at 617-521-2455 or send them an email to set up an appointment.

Posted by Kellie Ryan
Topics: campus, community, events


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