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RDVIC Brings Clothesline Project to WVU

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In America, one in four women, and one in nine men are victims of domestic violence.

Whether you are a victim, or just know someone, talking about it can be tough. On Thursday, the Rape and Domestic Violence Information Center gave West Virginia University students a way to express their emotions.

The RDVIC brought its Clothesline Project to WVU. Students took white T-shirts, and made them into statements standing up against domestic violence.

"Instead of taking it, and using our anger to do something destructive, we're making something that can educate people, that says this is how the violence has impacted me and my life, and I don't want it to happen again," said Nnenna Minimah of the RDVIC.

Too many, Nnenna Minimah is just an employee of RDVIC, but it was the violent murder of her cousin that she said led her to speak out.

"It hit me pretty hard even though I was not that close to her, I didn't think anyone I knew experienced domestic violence," said Minimah.

Unfortunately for her, it was not the last experience she had.

Minimah said a close friend of hers was also in an abusive relationship.

"At times I did feel helpless, because I wanted to reach out, and I didn't know what the best ways were to help out my friend," she said.

Today, Minimah knows and she is helping others learn.

Minimah said her belief that domestic violence couldn't affect her is the biggest misconception many people have.

"They feel if they get into the violence, they kind of rationalize it, that this is not happening, this is not me, it can't touch me," said Minimah.

In America an estimated 1.3 million women are assault victims each year.

Minimah said helping people get through their toughest times is why she comes to work each day.

"It might be just a to smile back at them, saying ‘it's alright, it's ok.' And knowing that they might smile, by me helping them out, is something that drives me."

The RDVIC serves Monongalia, Preston and Taylor Counties.

To learn more about the RDVIC visit their web site.