posted October 26, 2000

Clothesline Display Creates Awareness

A clothesline display will be featured at Hope College on Monday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Maas Center conference room in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The campus community is invited. Admission is free.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with written messages and illustrations that graphically demonstrate the impact of violence against women. The shirts are designed by women survivors of violence, their families or friends. The display celebrates the strength and courage of women who have survived acts of violence, and provides a testimonial to those who did not survive.

The national Clothesline Project organization describes the clothesline format as symbolic of the victims' mutual support as a lifeline, with the t-shirts shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity. Also symbolic of washing, the line serves as a way to air society's "dirty laundry."

T-shirts for the event from women in the Holland community are being collected by the Center for Women in Transition. Additional information for those of the Hope community interested in making a t-shirt for the display may also be obtained by contacting a C.A.A.R.E. educator.