Health & Counseling Center News

Spring Term 2016: Clothesline Project Edition

Clothesline Project: What's it about?

The purpose of the Clothesline Project really is two-fold.

It is an opportunity for a victim, survivor, or an individual who knows someone who has been affected by sexual assault/abuse, make a shirt in a way that is healing. It lets them express their anger, hurt or strength depending on their situation and their place in their own healing without judgement because no one knows which shirt belongs to which survivor. The survivor makes the shirt and signs a waiver to allow the shirt to become the property of WIRC-Victim Services. This way our display can grow and other survivors can feel the support of past survivors and know they are not alone.

It increases the awareness of sexual assault/abuse in our communities. It's a chance to show everyone that sexual assault/abuse is not just something you see on the news about incidents "other places". ALL of the t-shirts are made by victims, survivors, or individuals who knows someone who have been affected by sexual assault/abuse, LOCALLY. It's a conversation starter so that hopefully people start to realize that these things happen close to home too, and the shirts show the feelings of the people it happens to.

These hurt people are living in our towns and deserve support. The more we display it and the more public that display, the more support (hopefully) we can raise. With more support we strive to reduce victim blaming within our communities.

Clothesline Project: Exhibit

Tomorrow, Friday, April 29th, from 9am to 3pm, the Clothesline Project will be displayed North of Seymour Union. If there is inclement weather, it will be set up in the Ferris Lounge.

Clothesline Project: Shirt Making

Tomorrow, Friday, April 29th, from 9am to 3pm, in the Knox/Lombard room of the Seymour Union, individuals who know someone or is someone who has been affected by sexual assault/abuse, is welcome to make a shirt. Please approach a WIRC-CAA Victim Services Representative if you are interested in making a shirt.

As stated above, The individual makes the shirt and signs a waiver to allow the shirt to become the property of WIRC-Victim Services. This way the display can grow and survivors know that they are not alone and are supported.

Questions?

Please contact Janell McGruder, Interim Director of Counseling Services and Sexual Assault Advocate, via email at JMcGruder@knox.edu.