Southern Miss to Host Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night

Southern Miss to Host Clothesline Project, Take Back the Night

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi's Student Counseling Services, Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention, Committee on Services and Resources for Women, College of Arts and Letters and Alpha Chi Omega sorority are sponsoring The Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night, both on the Hattiesburg campus. These events are free and open to the public.

The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project, a national violence awareness and prevention program, will be held April 11-13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and April 14 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn, located between Shoemaker Square and Walker Science Building on the Hattiesburg campus.  In case of rain, the Clothesline Project will relocate to the Union on April 12-13 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Clothesline Project is a display of T-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence, and displayed on a clothesline for others to view. The shirts will be displayed April 11-14. Blank T-shirts will be available, free of charge, for anyone wanting to share their story. Opportunities to make T-shirts will be April 11-13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn.  The project will also include resource information related to violence against women.

The shirts can be made on Weathersby Lawn or they may be made elsewhere and dropped off at the Clothesline Project at a later time.

Take Back the Night
Take Back the Night, a national movement to end sexual violence and support victims of sexual violence, will be hosted by Southern Miss April 14 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Weathersby Lawn with The Clothesline Project.

Take Back the Night is a public forum to unite efforts and strength to "Shatter the Silence and Stop the Violence".  Survivors of sexual violence find strength in knowing they are not alone.  The event will feature a keynote speaker, a public speak out for survivors, candlelight vigil, special musical guest Tyler Tisdale, free drinks and snacks, and more with resource tables representing University Police Department, The Spectrum Center, Domestic Abuse Family Shelter and more.

Rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and domestic violence are often labeled "crimes of silence" because of low reporting rates and social discomfort with their public discussion. By shattering the silence on sexual violence, survivors know that they are not alone, and that these crimes will not be tolerated or left to go silently into the night.

"We are happy about bringing these events back for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Crime Victims' Rights Week," said Michelle Howard, a counselor with Southern Miss Student Counseling Services. "The Clothesline Project can be borrowed at no cost to any organization interested in displaying the shirts at their events."

For more information, contact Howard at 601.266.4829 or email michelle.howard@usm.edu.