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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Purple RibbonWe have updated our Domestic Violence pages for Adults and Teens to help those who have been impacted either directly or indirectly with Domestic Violence.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 12:44
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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2023 13:25
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The Clothesline Project


The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to the violence against victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular victim's experience, by the survivor or by someone who cares about the victim. The concept: Let victims tell their own stories, in their own unique ways, and hang it out for all to see. It is a way of airing society's dirty laundry.

The purpose of this project is fourfold:

  1. To bear witness to the survivors and victims of domestic violence & sexual assault.
  2. To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
  3. To educate, document, and raise society's awareness of the extent of the problem of domestic violence & sexual assault.
  4. To provide a nationwide network for other communities starting their own Clothesline Projects.

What the colors represent:

  1. White - for those who have died of violence
  2. Yellow or Beige - for those who have been battered or assaulted
  3. Red, Pink or Orange - for those who have been raped or sexually assaulted
  4. Blue or Green - for survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  5. Purple or Lavender - for those attacked because of their sexual orientation
  6. Pillow Cases - also for survivors of child sexual assault

* Other colors of personal meaning to the decorator may be used

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 October 2021 12:03

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