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'Clothesline Project' Educates Community About Domestic Violence

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FAIRMONT -

The Clothesline Project is a way for survivors and victims of violence against women to express themselves while raising awareness.

Hope Incorporated in Fairmont is a United Way agency that dedicates its time to helping victims.

Volunteers said the Clothesline Project is a nationwide event that provides a network of support and encouragement to victims.

Shirts are placed on a clothesline at various places around the country. Many times, they are placed on campuses like Fairmont State University.

Hope said the Clothesline Project can educate people about domestic violence in a way no one else can.

"You're seeing each individuals expression and they are all very different. Some of them are still in the healing process. They are still very hurt. Some of them are very shocking and maybe even scary to look at," said Pam Thomas, Hope Incorporated.

Every color shirt represents something different.

  • White represents victims who died because of violence.
  • Yellow or beige represents victims who were battered or assaulted.
  • Red, pink, or orange represents survivors of rape and sexual assault.
  • Blue or green represents survivors of incest and sexual abuse.
  • Purple or lavender represents victims attacked because of their sexual orientation.
  • Black represents women who were attacked for political reasons.

Hope will also be holding its annual "Light Up the Night" event as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Candlelight service aims to honor all victims and survivors of domestic violence.

It will take place Tuesday night in front of the Education Building at Fairmont State University, beginning at 7 p.m.

FSU President, Dr. Maria Rose, will be the keynote speaker.

Hope provides immediate, confidential help to any victim of sexual assault or domestic violence through a 24 hour hotline. The number is 304-367-1100.