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The Clothesline Project returns to Cabell Library, Nov. 6-10

November 6, 2017

Three students from SAVES standing in front of the Clothesline Project in Cabell Library.
Clothesline Project organizers Abby, Carmina and Amari

SAVES (Students Advocating Violence Education and Support), a student-led itiative of the VCU Wellness Resource Center, brings the celebrated Clothesline Project back to Cabell Library Nov. 6–10, in the atrium outside Starbucks. The project features T-shirts decorated with powerful messages by sexual assault survivors or by those who have lost loved ones to sexual assault and is intended to raise awareness in the wider community about the prevalence of sexual assault and to foster a culture of support and healing.

As noted on the official website, "the Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when members of Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them." The project "provides evidence that incest, domestic voilence 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 in order 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."

The Clothesline Project now travels nationally and has been replicated by or served as the basis for other outreach and support initiatives at universities and other institutions across the country.

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