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The Clothesline Project

On Wednesday, February 1st, I attended the 20th Annual Clothesline Project after the SGA forum. My friend, Sasha P (who was also in the Simmons World Challenge class) helped organize this event. It was such an emotional event and I wanted to take the time to share this with you if you missed it.

I feel that it is important to acknowledge that violence is still occurring in society today and it should not be avoided nor should it be ignored. For you and me, it may just be another headline in the news but these stories are real and the people who are hurting need help. Some people suffer every day, whether it be physically or mentally, and I think that it's important to support events like these to let the survivors and people who are struggling with domestic violence know that we are working towards moving forward to educate each other and end violence one person at a time.

Below is a description of the Clothesline Project:

"The Clothesline Project is a visual display which bears witness to domestic violence and sexual assault. it is comprised of a series of color-coded shirts hung on a clothesline. Each shirt is decorated to represent a person's experience of rape, incest, battery, or homophobia; or as a tribute to someone who has been murdered. The shirts are decorated by the survivors themselves or by their loved ones. The Clothesline Project was initiated by a group of women in 1990 on Cape Cod , and it has grown throughout the country."

Yellow or Beige- For people who have been battered or assaulted
Red, Pink, or Orange- For people who have been raped or sexually assaulted
Blue or Green- For survivors of incest or child abuse
Purple or lavender- For people attacked because of their sexual orientation
White- For people who have died in violence

Pictured above is the T-shirt Raising where they add new shirts to the collection.

Posted by Sandy Lor on February 3, 2012 1:17 AM
Category: Campus life