April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Club, NAMI for short, wants to raise awareness through The Clothesline Project.
The Clothesline Project was started in 1990 when a group of women in Cape Cod, Massachusetts heard the statistic that there were approximately 51,000 women in the US killed by men who claimed to love them. The creators wanted an outlet for the victims of sexual and domestic violence to display their emotions. The use of t-shirts on a clothesline is an allusion to the past when women would exchange information while doing laundry and hanging their clothes to dry. As of 2016, there have been over 500 projects around the world taking place everywhere from Massachusetts to Tanzania and involve over 60,000 t-shirts.
MCC’s installation lines the pathways around the clock tower. The shirts are created by both victims of sexual assault and students who wish to show support. “It is important for women at our school to know they have support and allies especially with an asshole in the White House” stated Jacob Saenz who stopped to read the shirts on his way to biology. More shirts will be added to the clotheslines until its end date on Friday April 28th.
JACQUELINE MONTAÑO- Reporter