Every day, EmpowerHouse–supporting survivors of domestic violence–provides free help to adults and their children. As an accredited domestic violence center, they do not charge for services. Thanks to donations from our community, they are able to continue providing free services to anyone who needs them. EmpowerHouse and St. George’s are partnering to bring you the Clothesline Project in Sydnor Hall, Feb. 3-8, 2017.
The Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence targeted against women. The Clothesline t-shirts are individually designed and crafted to publicly express the personal experience of a survivor. The shirts share her words, her story, and her emotions. The Clothesline provides a safe forum for women to speak about the abuse and to educate the public about the extent, prevalence, and impact of violence against women.
The shirts will be provided by EmpowerHouse and are color coded to show the form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced:
- White represents women who died because of violence;
- Yellow or beige represents battered or assaulted women;
- Red, pink, and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault;
- Blue and green t-shirts represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse;
- Purple or lavender represents women attacked because of their sexual orientation;
- Black is for women attacked for political reasons.
The Clothesline Project will be hung in Sydnor Hall on Friday, Feb. 3 and be available for First Friday viewing. On Sunday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m., St. George’s Adult Forum will feature Sarah King, Director of Support Services at EmpowerHouse, presenting the Clothesline Project and talking about our community’s efforts to support and empower survivors of domestic violence. The shirts will remain in Sydnor Hall until Wednesday, Feb. 8.