The Clothesline Project (CLP), in association with Take Back the Night, is currently entering its third year at Wesleyan. The CLP originated on Cape Cod, MA in 1990, to address the issue of violence against women. Originally, the CLP was a vehicle for women affected by violence; however Wesleyan’s event will be open to all students. Students affected by sexual assault, whether they are first- or second-hand survivors, are invited to use shirts and small flags of white fabric to express their emotions; the shirts/flags will then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of sexual assault.
Beginning on Wednesday, October 17, tables will be set up in Usdan during lunch and dinner hours to distribute fabric. Fabric will also be distributed by the RAs in many dorms, at their discretion.
Use your shirt or flag to say anything you need to about sexual assault, whether it is your own story, a message to an abuser or victim, a picture, or a fact. All of these will be completely anonymous; please do not use names on your flag, unless you have express permission. This project has been an extremely powerful tool at Wesleyan, and it is also a very emotional issue. Please make a flag, but please also take this seriously. You can create a flag at the table, or bring one home and return it to P.O. Box 92275. Your flag will be put on display in front of the Davenport Center in the days prior to and following Take Back the Night.
The power of this project is in numbers, so please get involved! More info here.