Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Women’s and Gender Studies will be hosting The Clothesline Project and Shine the Light on Domestic Violence.


The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is an artistic visual representation of the pervasiveness of violence against women, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized populations.  Originally started on Cape Cod, MA, Clothesline Projects have sprung up throughout the US and around the world as a way for survivors and allies against violence to express their emotions and feeling by decorating a t-shirt. T-shirt decorating will take place on campus through October. The decorated t-shirts will be hung on campus in the trees by the campanile as testimony to the problem of violence against women and marginalized people.

The shirts are color coded to show the form of abuse:

  • White represents women who died because of violence;
  • Yellow or beige represents survivors of domestic violence;
  • Red, pink, & orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault;
  • Blue & green t-shirts represent survivors of childhood sexual abuse;
  • Purple or lavender represents people attacked because of their sexual orientation;
  • Black is for women attacked for political reasons.

Clothesline Project, 2013


Events & Activities

T-Shirt Decorating in Maucker Union

Survivors of Domestic Violence Panel

Clothesline Project Display by the Campanile

Shine the Light on Domestic Violence