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The Clothesline Project Returns To UNT

The Clothesline Project Returns To UNT

A row of different colored shirts dries in the sun at the Clothesline Project event Tuesday afternoon at Library Mall. Tiffany Ditto | Contributing Photographer

The Clothesline Project Returns To UNT
October 22
03:42 2015

Tiffany Ditto | Contributing Writer

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Trying to keep her hands steady, biology sophomore Sianoush Badei very carefully squeezes paint from a tube onto a previously blank T-shirt.

As she added more paint and placed it on the line to dry, the yellow shirt was transformed into a work of art that represented battered or abused women.

In honor of domestic violence awareness month, the Clothesline Project made its annual return to UNT on Tuesday in the Library Mall. Sponsored by the Multicultural Center, the dean of students and the Meadows Center for Health Resources, the project is an event where students decorate shirts to spread awareness about many types of violence.

“I chose yellow because [sexual assault] happens a lot in my country, Iran,” Badei said. “That’s what inspired me to participate.”

Each shirt color represents a different act of violence.

Sexual assault survivor Ameena Young, a developmental family studies junior, decorates a shirt for the clothesline. Tiffany Ditto | Contributing Photographer

Sexual assault survivor Ameena Young, a developmental family studies junior, decorates a shirt for the clothesline. Tiffany Ditto | Contributing Photographer

White represents women who died as a result of any type of violence. Red, pink, and orange represent survivors of rape and sexual assault. Yellow represents battered or assaulted women, while blue and green stand for survivors of incest and sexual abuse. Purple represents women who were attacked because of their sexual orientation, and black represents women attacked for political reasons.

“The clothesline supports survivors,” Multicultural Center graduate assistant Olivia Henderson said.

The project is a nationwide event that began in Massachusetts in the fall of 1990. Since its debut, communities across the nation have joined in. The goal of the project is to raise awareness for survivors of violence and facilitate the healing process for individuals who have either survived or lost someone to these types of violence.

According to the National Victim Center, one out of two women will be in a violent relationship, and a sexual assault occurs in America every 107 seconds, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network.

“People don’t think this stuff happens all the time, and it does,” developmental family studies junior Ameena Young, a sexual assault survivor, said. “[This event] brings awareness about how much these things happen. “

Students trickling through Library Mall stopped to decorate shirts at the event all afternoon. Henderson said a line of students were waiting to participate before the event officially began.

Jasmine Pulce from the Meadows Center for Health Resources said this year’s event was so successful that next year’s event may need to be even bigger.

“We may try to display the shirts somewhere else,” Pulce said. “We need more tables for next year.”

Featured Image: A row of different colored shirts dries in the sun at the Clothesline Project event Tuesday afternoon at Library Mall. Tiffany Ditto | Contributing Photographer

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