UCO Students Spread Awareness of Domestic Violence with T-shirt Decorating

30 Oct

Domestic violence is a sweeping epidemic across the country, but one way to reduce its occurrence is through awareness.

Being aware of this type of violence can help us recognize situations of domestic violence and how its victims are affected. Women who are victims of domestic violence experience physical and emotional pain, which causes a ripple effect of trauma. The act of letting them know that they are not alone and that people care provides a token of hope that can help them heal and put their hurtful past behind them.

Started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in 1990, the Clothesline Project is a program that allows women to express themselves in response to the violence they have experienced. By decorating their own t-shirts with their own story using words and artwork, these victims are able to express the pain that they suffered inside and release it. After decorating their own message, they can hang their clothes on the clothesline for everyone to see.

Students from the University of Central Oklahoma campus in Edmond will be doing the same, helping to raise awareness of domestic violence.  Participating students will express their own messages about domestic violence, and the t-shirts will be hung next to the food court in the Nigh University Center for display.

After the t-shirt decorating, silhouettes of people that have been victims of domestic violence will be placed all around the university to help increase awareness.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


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