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Events Planned to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence, Assault

Clothesline project t-shirts
Decorated T-shirts hang on display in the student union during last year's clothesline project.
4/3/2014 —


Students, faculty and staff at Penn State DuBois are gearing up for annual events that shed light on domestic violence, and raise awareness of how to stop it.  The Clothesline Project and the Take Back the Night Rally take place each year on campus, as victims of past abuse and their supporters take a stand against domestic violence and assault. 


Organized by the campus Students Allies, Friends, and Educators (SAFE) Club and the sexual assault counseling and prevention organization, Passages, the Clothesline project is planned for 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day from April 14, through the 16.  The Take Back the Night Rally is slated for 6:00 p.m. on April 16, in the campus gymnasium.


The Clothesline Project provides T-shirts and fabric paint to anyone who wishes to decorate a shirt. Each T-shirt color represents a different violent crime against women.White for women who have died from violence; yellow or beige for women who have been battered or assaulted; red, pink or orange for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted; blue or green for women who are survivors of incest or child sexual abuse; purple or lavender for women attacked because of their sexual orientation, and black for women attacked for political reasons.   Messages of support are written or painted on the shirts and they are then placed on a clothesline for display.


The Take Back the Night Rally will call supporters together for a march against violence. The event is held each year to show support for women who have been victims. The rally also provides those victims a venue to tell their stories, and to help others by sharing their experiences.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has more information here.  http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/sexual-assault-awareness-month-home

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