That’s the number of Americans who will be sexually assaulted by the time you finish reading this post.
As an agency that does not tolerate the use of violence as a tool of oppression, we are outraged by this statistic.
That’s why we’re dedicating our efforts over the next 30 days of April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month to bring to light an issue that affects more than 380,0001 adults and children in our communities every year.
Introducing LifeWire’s Virtual Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program that started in 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. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of violence against women. Since its inception, CLP has gained worldwide support and attention.
Throughout the month of April, we’ll be collecting and sharing the stories and testimonies of survivors of sexual violence. Their brave words will be painted on shirts that we will display right here on our website all month long.
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