Every April, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we co-sponsor The Clothesline Project with Public Safety.
The Clothesline Project is a program that started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They, then, hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide.
Villanova has expanded its Clothesline Project initiative to include men who have experienced sexual violence, and we encourage all members of the Villanova community who have been impacted by sexual violence to contribute a t-shirt to our growing clothesline. For those who have not been personally affected by this issue, we ask that you spend a few moments recognizing and remembering those who have been victimized and, particularly, those who have not found their voice.