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Clothesline Project on display at Adrian Branch Library

October 15, 2013

	Kari Voss-Drost, of the Southwest Crisis Center, holds two t-shirts that are part of an exhibition for the Clothesline Project which brings attention to domestic violence.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
 
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Kari Voss-Drost, of the Southwest Crisis Center, holds two t-shirts that are part of an exhibition for the Clothesline Project which brings attention to domestic violence.  October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
One in four adults will suffer domestic abuse at some point during their lifetime. 
By Meredith Stanton Vaselaar Staff Writer Beginning this week, the Adrian Branch Library will have on display T-Shirts covered with artwork done by survivors of domestic abuse.  The artists - victims who suffered at the hands of people they knew, people they trusted, people they loved - express themselves through the drawings and messages they put onT-Shirts.  As a national movement, the "Clothesline Project" began in 1990 by a group of women on Cape  Cod, Michigan, because (synopsis) ". . . 58,000 soldiers died in the Viet Nam war, during that same time period,  51,000 women were killed by men who claimed to love them."  It was this statistic, as well as women in the group who had also suffered from domestic abuse, that motivated them to start a movement to throw light on the issue of domestic violence.

  The "Clotheline Project" is just part of what the SWCC hopes to accomplish throughout the month of October, which is National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month.  The "Clothesline Project" is part of a larger effort to draw attention to the serious problem of domestic abuse.  Committed to the safety of victims - children and adult alike - the Nobles County Electric Cooperative has joined with the SWCC by providing an Operation Round-Up grant for a local "Clothesline Project" display. Stop by the library to view the five shirts on display there.  There will be a larger display of T-Shirts from October 28 - November 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, at the Government Center (Courthouse) in Worthington.  More information on the activities that week will be highlighted in a later issue this month.

For more of this story see the October 9th issue of the Nobles County Review.


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