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The Ranger Online of San Antonio College recently came out with an article by Kristina Coble concerning the Clothesline Project and its connection to the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The Nontraditional Student Club of San Antonio College is planning an event which will literally and symbolically shed light on violence against women.
Survivors of domestic violence are invited to decorate a T-shirt that will be exhibited in Loftin Student Center. This is part of the Clothesline Project which "is an international campaign against domestic violence that provides a way for survivors to voice their pain using art," according to Kristina Coble.
The project's website describes the hanging of these T-shirts as a "healing mechanism." Survivors can literally walk away from their pain.
These T-shirts will be displayed on a clothesline on Oct. 25 on the stairs in the Loftin Student Center at San Antonio College.
Ana Marchand-Maya, president of the Nontraditional Student Club at the college says, "Don't be afraid or ashamed. It's important to let out their voice."
Family members, friends, and survivors of course, are invited to decorate a shirt as a way of raising awareness and of helping those women who have suffered violence.
According to Clotheslineproject.org, almost as many women died during the Vietnam War from domestic violence as soldiers died.
Rachel Carey-Harper, an artist and advocate of the movement, came up with the idea of shirts hanging on a clothesline because she thought that this represented the "essence" of the campaign. Women have traditionally talked over backyard fences, while hanging their laundry.
Presently, there are about 500 national and international projects.
For more information, contact President Ana Marchand-Maya or Jimenez at 210-486-0455.