GC Women’s Center hosts the 2020 Clothesline Project 

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By: Mallory Ambrose

Since October was Domestic Violence Awareness month, the GC Women’s Center held the 18​thannual Clothesline Project on front campus from Oct. 20-22 welcoming students to join between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

“This year’s Clothesline Project went well. We really had no expectations due to COVID, but we were really pleased to still have folks come out to interact with the project, read t-shirts, and make t-shirts.This​  was definitely a smaller year. We typically have between 500 and 700 viewers each day and around 30-50 shirts made each year. This year, we had around 230 viewers and 2 shirts made,” said Jennifer Graham, Women’s Center Director.

Originated in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990, the Clothesline Project is an interactive exhibit that signifies and brings awareness to the impact of violence and abuse. It honors the strength of survivors of power-based intrapersonal violence and provides an outlet for them to break the silence and stigma that surrounds their personal experiences.

“The Clothesline Project is a visual display of violence statistics that often go ignored. Each shirt is made by a survivor of violence or by someone who has lost a loved one to violence. The color of each shirt represents a different type of violence,” said the Utah Valley University (UVU), Clothesline Project home webpage.

The T-shirts strung along the clothesline are decorated with the graphic messages and illustrations that signify the bravery of survivors, each color representing their experience involving domestic violence, assault, or abuse.

The white shirts symbolize those who have lost their lives at the hand of violence. The yellow shirts represent the survivors of physical assault or domestic violence. The red, pink, and orange shirts speak for survivors of rape or childhood sexual abuse. Purple shirts hang on the clothesline for those who were attacked because of their sexual orientation. Brown or Gray shirts stand for the survivors of emotional, spiritual or verbal abuse. The black shirts speak for those who were left disabled as a result of an attack, or those who were attacked because they have a disability.

“Over the years, we have seen a few trends,” said Graham. “As I mentioned before, we typically have about 50 shirts made each year. They are often a range of colors, but red and pink shirts are often the most numerous. We have also seen an increase in recent years in the number of yellow shirts made.” To learn more about the Clothesline Project and how to get involved, visit the homepage www.clotheslineproject.info. The GC Women’s Center accepts all made and unmade t-shirt donations throughout the year, they will be displayed during the October 2021 project. If you or someone you know has been a victim violence, GC Project Brave provides support, services, and information for survivors.

Project Brave is located at 111 S. Clarke St. in Blackbridge Hall, contact them at 478-445-8519.