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Concordia-Chicago hosts domestic violence awareness exhibit

4/8/2016

This month Concordia University Chicago hosted the Clothesline Project, a traveling exhibit displaying T-shirts created by victims of domestic violence to address the issue of violence against women.

Concordia-Chicago’s Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Involvement have brought the Clothesline Project to campus for a number of years. “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, so in recognition of it we teamed up to host this moving exhibition,” said Kathe Heetel, Title IX coordinator at Concordia-Chicago. “This project provides a way for victims of domestic violence to express themselves in an effort to bring awareness to violence against women, men and children.”

To create the pieces in the exhibit, survivors of abuse, or their loved ones, decorate T-shirts to reflect the sexual assault or domestic violence they survived. The creative process also helps them connect with other survivors in the healing process. The project is organized by Pillars (www.pillarscommunity.org), a local community social service agency serving victims of domestic and dating violence and sexual assault.

The Clothesline Project started on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990, and has since grown worldwide. Organizations can learn how to start their own Clothesline Project at www.clotheslineproject.org.