Clothesline Project to promote awareness in Menomonie in April

March 31, 2014

T-shirts with messages about sexual assault will be on display at nine locations around Menomonie during April.

UW-Stout students have organized the Clothesline Project to help break the silence and raise awareness during national Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Human development and family studies majors in Associate Professor Susan Wolfgram's Abuse and the Family class are collaborating with Houa Lee, the sexual assault services advocate at the Bridge to Hope shelter in Menomonie.

The Clothesline ProjectThe Clothesline Project began in 1990 in Massachusetts after members of the Cape Cod Women's Agenda hung shirts designed by survivors of assault, rape and incest. The goal of the project is to allow women survivors of sexual assault the opportunity to have a voice by decorating a shirt to be displayed in their community.

"This traveling art is a collective testimony that shows the prevalence of sexual violence in our own community and the need for individuals to take a stand and help make our society a safer place," said student Samantha Hastings, of Waukesha, the project manager.

The shirts will be on display at various locations in Menomonie in April. The dates and locations are:

- April 1-4, Mayo Clinic Health System, 2321 Stout Road

- April 4-9, Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road.

- April 9-12, Legacy Chocolates, 632 S. Broadway St.

- April 13, UW-Stout softball game vs. UW-Superior, Alumni Field

- April 14-17, Acoustic Café, 102 Main St. W.

- April 17-20, Waterfront Bar and Grill, 512 Crescent St.

- April 20-25, UW-Stout Memorial Student Center

- April 25, Take Back the Night event, Raw Deal, 603 Broadway St. S.

- April 26-30, Menomonie High School, 1715 Fifth St. W.

Other students coordinating the project are Shannon Czajkowski, of South Milwaukee ; Emily Jacobson, of Rochester, Minn.; Val Masanz, of Mosinee; and Samantha Steinke, of Athens.

For more information about the human development and family studies major, click here.