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College of Notre Dame Students Form Living Clothesline to Protest Violence Against Women

April 22, 2010

Students at College of Notre Dame of Maryland formed a living clothesline today to raise awareness of violence against women and girls and to announce the arrival of the Notre Dame Clothesline Project on campus next week.

For nearly an hour, students walked through the campus joined by a line of rope, each wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a statistic about the number of women and girls who suffer at the hands of violence. 

The Clothesline Project will open on Doyle Lawn on April 27 and remain on display from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm through April 29 (rain dates are May 4-6). A prayer service will be held at 12:15 pm on April 27.

Notre Dame’s Clothesline Project is part of a national campaign to build awareness and bear witness to violence against women. At Notre Dame, it is a collaborative service learning project for students, who prepare by conducting T-shirt message-designing workshops for women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. The messages on the T-shirts are created by women who are survivors of violence, or in honor of loved ones harmed by violence. 

The Clothesline Project is supported by Notre Dame’s women’s studies minors program, psychology department, history/political science department, campus ministry, counseling center and student development division.