While walking through the College Center Commons at Lorain County Community College the week of Oct. 23, students were able to read stories of abuse written on T-shirts lining the center staircase. These T-shirts are part of The Clothesline Project.
Hanging along the staircase in the College Center Commons, the project is a visual display to increase awareness of violence, sexual assault, and abuse. The T-shirts on display represent the victims and/or family member of a victim in Lorain County. The mission of the project is to educate students as well as the community on the issue of violence; a problem in all communities.
Each colored T-shirt represents a type of abuse: The red T-shirts represent a present sexual abuse victim, yellow represents a victim of physical abuse, and the green T-shirts represents a childhood sexual abuse victim. The purple shirts represent victims of hate crimes, blue shirts represent incest victims, and the grey T-shirts represents abuse against the mentally impaired.
The project was founded by a group of women from Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990. The project began with 31 shirts and now has over 100 shirts on display.