The elevator pitch on the website says: "The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program 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. "
There are now tens of thousands of shirts in Clothesline Projects across the country.
Tens of thousands.
They're color-coded: yellow for assault and battery, red/pink/orange for rape and sexual assault, blue/green for incest/childhood molestation, purple for women attacked because of their sexual orientation, black for politically-motivated attacks, and white for women who were killed by their attackers.
(The ones that break my heart most are the kid-sized tees or onesies.)
Making a shirt is very cathartic for the survivor. And seeing the shirts on display, hundreds of them at a time.... is a very powerful and moving experience, and can be a real punch to the gut for people who've never really thought about what all of those statistics translate to in real life.
Today, now til 6:30pm, BARCC will be displaying 200 shirts in South Station. I'll be there from 11:30-1:30, then from after lunch til I fall down go boom, to talk to passersby about the realities of rape and sexual assault. If you don't have a day job, or if your day job's near South Station, you should come see.
Thank you for all that you do to help me help others. This is important stuff.