Clothesline Project Honors Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  • 4/23/2019 7:17:34 PM
  • Jenna Ramolt
  • Local News

ASHLAND, OH - The Safe Haven of Ashland exhibited The Clothesline Project at Ashland Corner Park Tuesday in honor of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Each one of the shirts seen displayed on a clothesline in the park was decorated by a survivor of sexual assault or domestic abuse, and the sombering exhibit sent a simple but powerful message to anyone passing by: if you have been a victim of sexual or domestic violence, you are not alone.

This is the third year that Ashland has participated in The Clothesline Project, although the idea itself has been spreading across the United States for years. It began in Massachusetts in 1990 when members of Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by domestic violence. The mission of the nationwide project and the Ashland exhibit is to show women that they are not alone, and that help is available within their community.

"It's a way for the survivors to share their story or share a statistic. We have actual personal accounts of their experiences as children and growing up in violent homes, and so as you're going through the shirts and looking at the shirts you're actually reading real stories of people who are living today," explained Alison Webb, Outreach and Prevention Coordinator at Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven. "It's a way for us to be able to honor their voice and their experiences that they've lived through."

The Clothesline Project display is only one of several upcoming events that Safe Haven will host during April in order to bring attention to National Sexual Assault Awareness Month:

Denim Day, another visual show of support for victims that originated in the 1990s, is Wednesday, April 24th. More information on Denim Day can be found here.

Friday, April 26th an event will be held at the Hazel Opera House in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, which also takes place in April. This event will include a showing of the film Shazam! as well as several kid-friendly activities.

On Saturday, April 25th, a booth will be set up at Hillsdale High School for Kindstock, a music festival organized by students in order to promote kindness and anti-violence.

For more information on The Clothesline Project, visit http://clotheslineproject.info/about.html

For more information on the Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven of Ashland, visit their website or their Facebook page.

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