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Clothesline Project helps domestic violence survivors heal

Clothesline Project T-Shirts

T-shirts created by survivors, friends and families of domestic violence victims are on display in the Lindbloom Student Center as a part of The Clothesline Project, a worldwide effort to draw attention to the lasting effects of domestic violence. The venture is one of several events sponsored this week through a collaborative effort between the Women's Programs and Peer Mentors to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The t-shirts serve as a way for those touched by domestic violence to write, draw and express how the trauma affected them. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline for others to see. The shirts will be on display until Oct. 31 in the Lindbloom Student Center and the lobby of the Holman Library.

A local lawyer will speak Oct. 26 on the ways in which legal proceedings affect domestic violence survivors. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lindbloom Center Rainer Room. Speakers from the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN) spoke Oct. 24 about education, awareness and area resources for domestic violence victims, friends and families.

Clothesline Project T-Shirt

Domestic Violence Statistics, an online resource that tracks the impact of domestic violence internationally, reports that a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds, with costs exceeding $5.8 billion per year. Women account for over 85 percent of victims of intimate partner violence, according to the Domestic Violence Resource Center.

If you believe someone you know may be experiencing domestic violence call Marsha Medgard, manager of women's programs, at 253-833-9111, extension 2547 or email mmedgard@greenriver.edu for more information about community resources and learn how you can help.