The Clothesline Project is a visual display bearing witness to interpersonal violence. These t-shirts have been created by survivors and other caring individuals to symbolize those that have suffered from domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse/incestuous abuse, physical assault or death.
The Clothesline Project began in 1990 when members of the Cape Cod Women’s Agenda hung a clothesline across the Village Green in Hyannis, Massachusetts with 31 shirts designed by survivors of assault, rape, and child sexual abuse. Women viewing the clothesline came forward to create shirts of their own and the line kept growing.
Since the first display, the Project has grown to more than 300 Clothesline Projects nationally and internationally, with an estimated 35,000 shirts. The Clothesline Project has become a distinctive resource for healing from violence and for creating social change.
The Clothesline Project puts a human face on the statistics of interpersonal violence and abuse. The project increases awareness of the impact of violence on individuals and communities, celebrates the strength of survivors, and provides an avenue for survivors to courageously break the silence. Families and friends of those who have been hurt as a result of violence can make a shirt to express their deep loss.
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