October 13, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226
Marilyn Albrecht 203-332-8521

Housatonic Community College Clothesline Project Creates Awareness of Interpersonal Violence 

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The HCC Clothesline Project Addresses Interpersonal Violence

The HCC courtyard will be the site for the Clothesline Project on Monday and Tuesday Oct. 17 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who have been the victims of violence or know someone who has, can decorate a t-shirt with a message expressing their emotions, and hang it on the clothesline where it becomes a testimony to the experience.

Each year, shirts are added to the Clothesline. This year’s Clothesline will display the shirts from the 2015 project as well as the new shirts created this year.

The Clothesline Project originated in 1990 in Mass. and is now an international program offering a means of comfort and testimony for those who have endured violence.

Marilyn Albrecht, HCC Federal and State Regulations Coordinator says, “The project is intended to create awareness of interpersonal violence, and help those who have experienced it to use their voice and regain a sense of power and control over their lives. Anyone can participate in the Clothesline project and take the opportunity to show support for survivors of violence.”

The project encompasses five specific forms of violence and the shirts are colored accordingly:  Red shirts represent survivors of sexual assault; yellow shirts represent domestic violence survivors; blue represents survivors of childhood abuse; purple shirts represent those who have experienced violence because of transgender orientation; and white represents victims of murder.

The public is invited to participate. For further information, contact Marilyn Albrecht, 203-332-8521.