HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and The University of Southern Mississippi is helping to give a voice to victims with the Clothesline Project.
With the clothesline project, women are encouraged to speak out by designing a t-shirt. This t-shirt can share the story of someone they know that's been assaulted or it could be used to share the experience of their own sexual assault. The t-shirts have powerful and inspiring messages including "I am a survivor" and "you are not alone."
The program also helps to inform students of the resources available on campus. Those resources include Student Counseling Services, which helps students with on campus counseling.
Michelle Howard is a counselor with USM's Student Counseling Services, and she said that it is important for students to be aware of those resources.
"It's just a great place for women to be able to heal who are students on campus in a confidential and safe environment," Howard said speaking about the sexual assault support group on campus.
The clothesline project continues until the end of the week, and for more information, one can visit USM's website.