VAWPP displays Clothesline Project
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 23:10
A flutter of color on Fairfield Way, the Violence Against Women Protection Program’s Clothesline Project aims to portray visually the stories of sexual assault and domestic violence at UConn.
On display until Friday, Oct. 25, this simple clothesline, bearing brightly colored T-shirts, is sponsored by the VAWPP and the Women’s Center, acting as a visible reminder of the prevalence of sexual assault and violence against women.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, one out of four women report having experienced sexual assault during their lifetime. However, with approximately 54 percent of rapes never even being reported and 97 percent of rapists never facing any time in prison, the problem is very hidden but very real and present on college campuses across the country.
Every individual T-shirt on the clothesline represents a different story, differentiated by the color of its fabric. White memorializes women who have died because of sexual violence, red is signifies women who have been raped or sexually assaulted and yellow represents women who have been physically assaulted.
In addition, blue signifies women who have survived incest or child abuse, purple for women who have been assaulted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and black for women who have been assaulted because of their race or ethnicity. With a number of red and yellow T-shirts hanging in front of the Student Union, it is apparent that UConn’s own student body has a few stories of its own to tell.
Anyone who is still interested in making a T-shirt is encouraged to stop by the Violence Against Women Protection Program’s office, located in the Student Union, Room 419, between now and Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Both a T-shirt and a safe, supportive and private environment will be ensured.
The VAWPP also serves as a resource on campus for those interested in social equality, violence prevention and gender and sexuality issues, presenting workshops to numerous groups in the student body and providing training for those who wish to become peer educators.