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Clothesline project at LRSC

By   Sarah Dixon Young

On Tuesday November 28th, there will be a clothesline hanging in Heritage Hall at Lake Region State College.

It will not be a group of students doing laundry. Instead, it is a display brought to LRSC by the Clothesline Project, a non-governmental organization created to bring awareness to the issue of violence.

Those who have been affected by violence will have an opportunity to express their emotions by decorating a t-shirt. After shirts have been decorated, they are hung on the clothesline display.

Different colors of shirts mean different types of violence. A yellow or beige shirt brings awareness to women who have been battered or assaulted. Red shirts symbolize children who have witnessed violence in their homes. Pink or orange shirts stand for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted. Survivors of incest and sexual abuse will be represented by blue or green shirts.

Anyone can decorate a shirt either at the event or prior to the event to be hung on the clothesline in Heritage Hall. The project will be ongoing from noon on Nov. 28th to 6pm on Nov. 29th.

The Clothesline Project began in 1990 with a member of the Cape Cod, Mass., Women’s Defense Agenda group discovering that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.

Today, there have been approximately five hundred projects internationally involving about 60,000 t-shirts. The Clothesline Project has been in 41 states and five countries.

In 2015, the National Network to End Domestic Violence conducted a one-day census of adults and children seeking domestic violence services. In North Dakota on that day, there were 300 victims served with 129 finding refuge in emergency shelters. Domestic violence hits close to home for many. The community and LRSC students have the opportunity to speak out through the Clothesline Project.

For more information, contact 662-1600.