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Clothesline Project Brings Violence Awareness To UVU

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October 11, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be hosted at Utah Valley University on Oct. 14 and 15 at the UVU Grande Ballroom of the Sorensen Student Center. The free event, which includes displays and resource information, runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a candlelight vigil will be held on the final hour of the Clothesline Project at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tracey Brown, a domestic violence survivor, will be the guest speaker.

“Violence thrives in silence, and the primary goal of the Clothesline Project is to break that silence. After all, only a community informed about violence can end violence,” said Jennie Briggs, past director of UVU’s Equity in Education Center.

The Clothesline Project is a display of T-shirts created by survivors of violence or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence that are hung on a clothesline for others to view.

“The Clothesline Project is a powerful witness of the violence many live with, and it provides a healing outlet for those who were forcibly silenced,” Briggs said. “Its goals are to raise awareness and stir the viewers into action in an effort to end the epidemic of violence.”

The Clothesline Project is open to the public, and blank T-shirts will be available, free of charge, for anyone wanting to share their story. The shirts can be made at the display, or they may be created elsewhere and dropped off at the Clothesline Project at a later time.

UVU has hosted The Clothesline Project at least twice each year since 1998. The project is generally displayed in April and October to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Between 150 and 200 new shirts are made each semester. UVU’s Equity in Education Center has more than 2,000 shirts and because the Center cannot hang them all at once, they rotate them each semester, so each shirt is seen at least once per year. Additionally, all T-shirts made at the UVU Clothesline Project can be viewed on the Online Clothesline Project at clotheslineproject.info.

“Each shirt is one survivor’s testimony of their personal experience with violence. Some shirts in the display show fear, anger or pain, while others show hope and healing. Each shirt represents its creator’s feelings, but does not reflect every survivor’s attitude,” Briggs said. “The shirts in The Clothesline Project are not censored. This allows survivors of violence to tell their story in their own personal way. We ask all visitors to the Clothesline Project to be respectful.”

For more information, visit clotheslineproject.info. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Lujean Marshall at the UVU Equity in Education Center at 801-863-8498 or by email at marshalu@uvu.edu.

The Clothesline Project is supported by UVU’s Turning Point and the UVU Women’s Success Center. The Clothesline Project is available at no cost to any organization interested in displaying the shirts at their events.

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