Demonstration in Red Square brings awareness to sexual and domestic violence

The Clothesline Project originated in Massachusetts but has been adapted to Western’s campus. // Photo by Zoe Deal

By Molly Workman

A display in Red Square was put on by Western’s Consultation and Sexual Assault Support on Tuesday, May 8.

The Clothesline Project is a demonstration that originated in Massachusetts and was adapted to Western’s campus, Cass Leonard, a peer health educator with CASAS, said.

The demonstration was held so that survivors of sexual and domestic violence could share their story, and so others who have not experienced violence themselves could share their words of support.

Outside of the Humanities building, two lines with clothespins dispersed across held paper T-shirts that participants and volunteers filled with their own addition to the project.

Leonard said she and a team of volunteers have been working to put this project together for the last few months. This is the first year they have ever done the demonstration on Western’s campus, but hope to continue the display every September and May.

Shiri Hayardeny was a participant in the Clothesline Project.

“I think it’s important because people forget about this kind of stuff in their day to day life,” Hayardeny said. “It’s something that should be in our minds, constantly.”

For anyone looking to participate in the project, the demonstration will be held in Red Square on May 8-10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Leonard said that some of the T-shirts will be kept for the next demonstration. She hopes to use and incorporate some of the stories from this project in the next one in September.

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