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Clothesline Project helps to tell stories of sexual assault, abuse

March 5, 2018
large collection of t-shirts outside on a clothesline)The Clothesline Project originated in 1990 as a way to bring awareness and support to survivors of sexual assault. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 photo / Flickr user Clothesline Project at UCA)

As part of the national Clothesline Project, members of the University community are invited to design t-shirts to create a visual display of the real impacts of sexual assault and interpersonal abuse, and to pay homage to victims and survivors. Shirts will then be displayed outside of the Goergen Athletic Center from April 3- 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

“The Clothesline Project is a nationwide event that helps promote visibility, education, and action around the issues of sexual violence and abuse on campuses,” said Tiffany Street, campus resource officer in the Department of Public Safety. “The University in collaboration with RESTORE Sexual Assault Services is hosting the display, and students, staff, faculty, and other community members are invited to create t-shirts to make a strong personal statement about sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, sexual harassment, or abuse perceived on race, sexual orientation, and/or disability.”

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, survivors and allies are asked to tell their stories on t-shirts using words, artwork, and/or decorations. The mission of The Clothesline Project is to educate students and the community that violence is a problem everywhere, help is available, there is hope and a path to healing.

T-shirt design opportunities (t-shirts and art supplies provided):

  • Tuesday, March 6, noon-4 pm, Wilson Commons Gowen Room
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2 pm-4 pm, Wilson Commons Gowen Room
  • Thursday, March 8, noon-2 pm, Wilson Commons Gowen Room
  • Wednesday, March 21, noon-3 pm, Wilson Commons Gowen Room
  • Monday, March 26, noon-4 pm, Wilson Commons Hirst Lounge & Gowen Room
  • Wednesday, March 28, noon-4 pm, Wilson Commons Hirst Lounge & Gowen Room

Sponsoring University departments include: the Title IX Office, Department of Public Safety, University Counseling Center, College Feminists, and UR SEGway.

For more detail on the Clothesline Project at the University, email Street at tiffany.street@dps.rochester.edu. For more information on the services provided by RESTORE, visit https://restoresas.org. RESTORE Sexual Assault Services holds hours on River Campus for students to meet with college advocates, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Taylor Hall. RESTORE services are free and confidential.

The Clothesline Project: bearing witness to sexual assault and domestic violence

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