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Clothesline Project Takes A Stand Against Domestic Violence
“Stop hurting my Mommy!”
These heart-rending words, surrounding a simple drawing of a child in tears, were painted on a t-shirt hung on a massive clothesline out front of Mars Hill College’s dining hall Thursday. As one of a rainbow of t-shirts which are part of the college’s Clothesline Project, it tells a story that only the t-shirt creator will ever know.
Mars Hill College’s annual clothesline Project took place October 28 outside the heavily-traveled walkway to Pittman Dining Hall. Moving messages and drawings adorned t-shirts, each representing a victim of domestic violence. Some students made shirts representing themselves, while others represented the experiences of a loved one or friend.
T-shirt colors were significant: white stood for an individual who died as a result of domestic violence; red, pink or orange meant the victim was raped or sexually assaulted; other colors stood for child abuse, psychological abuse, or violence as a result of political affiliation, or actual or perceived sexual orientation.
Currently, there are about 500 projects nationally and internationally. The Clothesline Project is in 41 states and 5 countries. http://www.clotheslineproject.org/History.html
The Mars Hill College Clothesline Project was planned and promoted by the Women’s Studies Program.
Scenes from the Clothesline Project, October 28:
photos by Marc Mullinax and Teresa Buckner