It was an eye-catchingly colorful, yet sobering sight as hundreds of T-shirts of varying sizes recently adorned Owens Community College’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre and Rotunda during a public display of the Clothesline Project.
Coordinated by student government in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities, the Clothesline Project is designed to raise awareness of violent crimes against women.
The clothesline is hung with shirts of different colors, each representing an individual victimized by a violent crime. Survivors, family members and friends of women who were victims of violence designed shirts representing how crimes such as homicide, rape/sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, incest/child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, battering/assault and attack due to an individual’s sexual orientation affected their lives.
The Clothesline Project at Owens was presented in collaboration with Behavioral Connections of Wood County. Currently, there are over 200 shirts in the local collection.
An Owens student visits the Clothesline Project display.