The Clothesline Project is a collection of tee-shirts made by women who have survived abuse. It is a graphic display that depicts the horrors of violence against women. Each woman, or someone who cares about the woman, decorates her own shirt and it is a testimony to her experience. Each category of abuse is assigned a different color.
How do you let the general public know the rate of domestic violence in their community? You could hang out a clothesline with shirts decorated by the victims/survivors of this horrendous crime against women. What an impact it must have to walk down a line filled with shirts. What if this line were nearly a mile long or longer? Wow! Something like that is hard to ignore.
Please use a shirt, blouse or tee shirt of durable material. Some suggestions are: use a natural fabric; sew rather than use glue; photocopy photographs onto iron-ons; use acrylic or textile paint, color-fast dye or indelible ink.
The Suggested Color Code:
WHITE is for women who have died of violence
YELLOW or BEIGE is for women who have been battered or assaulted
RED, PINK, or ORANGE is for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted
BLUE or GREEN is for women survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
PURPLE or LAVENDER is for women attacked because of their sexual orientation
For more information, go to the Clothesline Project website.
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