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The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with written messages and illustrations that graphically demonstrate the impact of violence.
October 13-17th 2013 At the UND Memorial Union Ballroom
Monday -Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-Noon
Take Back the Night Rally October 16th, 2013, 7:00pm at the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.
Speaking at Take Back the Night Rally is Karyn Gall Hippen.
Karyn Gall Hippen
Thompson, ND Mayor, Karyn Gall Hippen has become a survivor, a person who has withstood the continual storm life throws her way. When Karyn made the decision to forego a future similar to that of her parents and siblings, she had no idea how rough the waters would be. Incidents of sexual abuse from her adolescent years haunted her, warping her view of her self-worth, resulting in a string of bad relationships based on one fact - the man claimed to love her. After suffering an abusive engagement, a miscarriage, and losing her best friend to a navy transfer, Karyn believed she'd found hope for a good life with a man who seemed the opposite of her first fiancé. But soon after marriage, she found her new life came with more difficulties than she was prepared to handle. As our keynote speaker, Karyn will share her story and the affect that violence has had on her life.
These shirts are designed by survivors of violence, their families and/or friends. The purpose is to educate the public, to mourn those who have died as a result of this violence, and finally to bear witness to the courage to survive and heal.
The Clothesline Project honors survivors who have been affected by intimate violence. A survivor is anyone who has experienced personal violence and has lived to tell about it. The term victim is reserved for those who did not survive. Any one who has experienced violence, at any time in their life, is encouraged to come forward and design a shirt. Victim's families and friends are also invited to participate.
The original international project started with thirty-one shirts hung in Hyannis, MA in the Fall of 1990 as part of the annual Take Back The Night rally and march.
After a small article appeared in a magazine entitled Off Our Backs and was picked up by MS magazine, everything changed for the project. All of a sudden organizers were traveling up and down the East Coast displaying it in colleges, statehouses, churches, museums, and shopping malls. Since then the Clothesline Project has grown nationally and internationally to an estimated 40,000 shirts.
North Dakota's Clothesline Project had its first public display February 28 and March 1, 1995 in the Great Hall of the Capitol Building during the legislative session. There were 114 shirts on display at that time. The Women's Center has hosted this project each October since 1995.
If you or someone you know would like to decorate a shirt to be added to the ND Clothesline Project -please call the Women's Center for more information.