Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a national attempt to spread awareness about violence against women. It started in Massachusetts in 1990. The Project is a beautiful display of t-shirts created by survivors of violence and those in support of survivors. The different t-shirt colors represent different types of violence against women. Most displays have taken place at colleges and universities, and they have certainly raised awareness about the prevalence of this issue.

Pictured are some t-shirts created on the OU-Tulsa campus during the MSWSA sponsored Clothesline Project. Special thank you to our student association for raising awareness on this issue. The colors represent: 

  • White: women who have been murdered as a result of sexual or domestic violence
  • Red, pink or orange: survivors of rape or sexual assault
  • Yellow or beige: survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence
  • Green: survivors of incest or child sexual abuse
  • Blue: survivors of commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking
  • Purple or lavender: individuals attacked because they were thought to be LGBTQAA
  • Black or gray: children who have witnessed violence in their homes

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