The Crisis Center Hosts 6th Annual Clothesline Project

March 30, 2016

Bristol, VA — March 30, 2016--Save the date! The Crisis Center is recognizing survivors and victims of Sexual Assault in April with our 6th Annual Clothesline Project on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 1 to 5 pm at the YWCA Gymnasium, Bristol, Tennessee.

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts 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.

One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.1 Rape is the most under-reported crime: 63 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to police.2 More than 90 percent of sexual assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.3 Every 107 seconds, another sexual assault occurs.4

The Crisis Center is pleased to be hosting our 6th Annual Clothesline Project this year! It will be a day of artistic festivities, games, prizes and enjoyment! There will be area artisans presenting their wares. The focus will be on an interactive “Clothesline” where you can write and draw messages of hope for survivors on t-shirts that you then hang on the clothesline. Included will be four Silent Witness displays from Abuse Alternatives and select shirts from the past five years. Area agencies that support survivors of violence will be in attendance, as well, providing information for those interested in learning more.
For more information or to register your agency, contact The Crisis Center at 276.466.2218 or email eathompson@crisiscenterinc.org.

1http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/pdf/NISVS_Report2010-a.pdf
2http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/rsarp00.pdf
3https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/182369.pdf
4https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/frequency-of-sexual-assault