T-shirt Making Sessions and Display Planned at WIU for The Clothesline Project
March 28, 2013
MACOMB, IL - The Clothesline Project Display, a tribute to victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, will visit the Western Illinois University campus in Macomb from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, April 19, on the east lawn of the Multicultural Center (rain location: Multicultural Center, first floor).
The Women's Center will hold several t-shirt-making sessions for groups and organizations prior to the day of the display. In addition, five open sessions will be held in the Women's Center Conference Room in the Multicultural Center 209: noon – 2 p.m. on Monday, April 1; noon – 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5; 7 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. It takes about 30 minutes to make a shirt.
T-shirts will be decorated by those who are survivors of sexual abuse, rape, incest, sexual assault, battery, violence perpetrated because of one's sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, physical assault and stalking. Shirts also may be made in memory of family members or friends who have died as a result of any of these crimes.
The shirts will be added to the Victim Services' Clothesline Project collection for display throughout April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Month in the five-county region served by WIRC-CAA.
According to Women's Center graduate assistant and Feminist Action Alliance graduate adviser Katie Mey, The Clothesline Project allows survivors to come together to express their experiences, show their respect to others and heal themselves.
"Please mark your calendar and plan to stop by the Multicultural Center to view the display on April 19, and help us spread the word and encourage students and members of our campus and local community to join us for this powerful and empowering event," Mey said.
The Women's Center is scheduling t-shirt making sessions for groups and organizations who would like to set up a program or come to their meeting for members to make shirts for the display. To schedule a t-shirt-making session for a group or organization, call the Women's Center at (309) 298-2242 or e-mail K-Mey@wiu.edu.
Additional information is available at wiu.edu/wc.
The event is sponsored by the WIU Women's Center and Feminist Action Alliance student organization, in collaboration with the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency's Victim Services and the University Counseling Center.