Clothesline Project General Information

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SEE THE PROJECT IN PERSON

 

 

 

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SEE THE PROJECT ON-LINE

The new website is here! View the new Equity Center Clothesline Project website and to view the shirts from past years!

 

 

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Clothesline Project was established in 1990 when the Cape Cod Women's Defense Agenda learned that 58,000 soldiers were killed during the Vietnam War, and during that same time 51,000 women in the United States were killed by men claiming to love them. The Clothesline is made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. The Clothesline is a powerful witness of the violence many live with. It provides a healing outlet for those who were forcibly silenced. Its goal is to raise awareness and stir the viewers to action in an effort to end the epidemic of violence. It is displayed at UVU during October in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and April in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. It is also available as a traveling display.

 

 

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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Please understand that the emotions expressed on the shirts are very intense and often disturbing - but yet how much more disturbing is it to actually live with the reality being represented? You will see anger, fear and pain. But you will also see love, hope and healing. Each shirt represents one survivor's feelings at a particular time. Please be respectful.

 

 

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WHAT DO THE SOUNDS MEAN?

The gong is struck to indicate someone is being battered. Women are battered every 10 to 12 seconds in the United States. The whistle is being blown to indicate a reported rape. Keep in mind that most rapes are not reported. Every minute of every day more than one woman reports being raped in this country. The bell is rung to indicate that a woman has been killed in a violent attack. In the United States 3 to 4 women are killed by their lovers or husbands each day. [November 1993 National Victim Center Statistics]

 


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WHAT GOOD DOES THIS PROJECT DO?

The Clothesline Project provides evidence that incest, domestic and sexual violence exists in our communities. It is a visual reminder of statistics that we often ignore. It gives a voice to those who have been forcibly silenced. Hopefully, it stirs us to action. A public must be informed about violence to act to prevent it. Information on how to recognize and prevent violence, reach out to survivors and make a difference in the community is provided at each display of the project. Most importantly, this project provides survivors with a venue to courageously break the silence and make us aware. This Clothesline Project is a tribute to them.

 


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OTHER INFORMATION:

If you would like to make a shirt, t-shirts are available free of charge. If you would like to volunteer your time, efforts or money to the continuation of the Clothesline Project, it would be much appreciated. The Clothesline is a traveling display. If you would like to arrange for it to be displayed at a community or school event, please call (801) 863-8498 or e-mail lisa.williamson@uvu.edu.

 


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ANONYMOUS QUOTES FROM THOSE WHO HAVE VIEWED THE CLOTHESLINE PROJECT:

"[This display] helps me realize that this is real. I never knew it happened this much. It is such a horrible thing. My heart goes out to all of them."

"This project is about hope and the part we can play in providing that hope. Hope provides strength. Strength provides healing."

"Abuse is big - sexual, physical, verbal - it's all going on, hurting and ruining so many lives. We need to be aware and must stop this."

"I didn't think stuff like this happened in Utah."

"It takes a lot of courage for these people to do this; I hope the best for them and am sorry for what they have had to deal with."

"I go almost every year and my heart grows bigger each time."

"It is a wonderful way to "tell" someone what has happened to you and finally get it off their chest. So many of the shirts confess that this is the first time they're sharing their story."

"The Clothesline Project was very revealing to the extreme violence that surrounds us and that we are not even aware of. The t-shirts reveal true feelings and it is great that there is no censoring because this helps the victims express what they really feel."

 

WHAT DO THE COLORS OF THE T-SHIRTS MEAN?

For individuals who died as a result of violent acts
For survivors of domestic violence and other forms of physical assault
For survivors of rape or sexual assault
For survivors of rape or sexual assault
For survivors of rape or sexual assault
For survivors of incest or childhood sexual abuse
For survivors of incest or childhood sexual abuse
For individuals attacked due to (perceived) sexual orientation
For individuals who became disabled as a result of an attack, or for those attacked because of a disability
For survivors of verbal and/or emotional abuse
For survivors of spiritual abuse