AU Clothesline Project to highlight problem of sexual assault April 10-12

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Clothesline Project, April 10-12, at the Haley Center Concourse on the AU campus, will provide an opportunity for members of the university and surrounding communities to use paints and T-shirts in a unique art project that calls attention to the problem of violence in our culture.

The T-shirt painting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, April 12, from noon to 5 p.m. The three-day event will end with a Take Back the Night rally beginning at Haley Center, Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

The Clothesline Project is a national program to address the issue of violence against women in our society. At AU, the project is sponsored by AU’s Safe Harbor, the Art Department and Women’s Initiatives. T-shirts and art supplies will be provided for all who want to participate. The T-shirts will be displayed on a clothesline at Haley Center as powerful testimony to the problem of violence in individual lives, in our communities and in our world.

Take Back the Night is an internationally recognized rally and march that gives women, men and children an opportunity to speak out against violence. The rally seeks to involve both the university and the community in reclaiming the night for those who have experienced violence or have been made to feel fear for their personal safety.

This year at AU, Take Back the Night will include a march through the campus and surrounding city streets, followed by a candlelight vigil, a rally and an opportunity for both survivors and others touched by violence to share their stories or messages of empowerment and strength.

Local community agencies, including the Domestic Violence Intervention Center, East Alabama AIDS Outreach and East Alabama Rape Counselors, will be on hand to provide information about their services.

Individuals or organizations interested in making T-shirts or participating in the Clothesline Project or Take Back the Night should call (334) 844-3375 or email winlist@auburn.edu.

Contact: Melissa Pecor, (334) 844-5123 (pecormj@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)