Clothesline Project to help survivors air diry laundry of violence, abuse

The Clothesline Project, a visual display bearing witness to violence against women, will offer a voice to Tennessee Tech University and community survivors of domestic violence, rape sexual assault, incest and child sexual abuse.

This display will be exhibited on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. in the TTU Roaden University Center's Tech Pride Room.

This tribute to healing and courage made up of T-shirts displaying messages by survivors or in honor of them will be open to the campus and local community.

"For so long, people in the community never spoke openly about domestic, dating or relationship violence, incest or sexual assault," said Gretta Stanger, TTU's Women's Center director.

The Clothesline Project began in 1990 in Massachusetts as an attempt to raise public awareness of these issues and to provide support to survivors.   TTU's Women's Center has been involved since 1998.

This year's display hours are extended into the evening so that more members of the Cookeville community can attend.

"When the shirts are all hung, I am always struck by just how many shirts have been contributed to the project over the last decade by local residents and TTU students," said Stanger.

Each shirt is color coded to signify the violence committed. For instance, a pink shirt generally symbolizes rape or sexual assault; a white shirt represents a woman who has been killed. T-shirts are available at the Women's Center all year and can be created during normal office hours or at the Clothesline display.

"We invite individuals to consider making a shirt by telling their stories on an appropriately colored shirt," said Stanger.

Representatives of Genesis House, a Cookeville organization that provides shelter and support for victims of domestic and sexual violence, will offer an information table.

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