The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issues of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts serve as a visual display that bears witness to the violence against women. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman’s experience, by the survivor herself or by someone who cares about her.
The purpose of the project is:
- To bear witness to the survivors as well as the victims for the war against women.
- To help with the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of this violence.
- To educate, document, and raise society’s awareness of the extent of the problem of violence against women.
- To provide a nationwide network of support, encouragement and information for other communities starting their own Clothesline Projects.
If you are interested in creating a shirt or would like more information contact Casey Malsam. Clothesline is displayed at featured events during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Relationship Violence Awareness Month.