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 7-11th 2013 At the UND Memorial Union
Monday through Thursday 8am-8pm Friday 8am-Noon
Take Back the Night Rally October 8th, 2013, 7:00pm at the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.
Speaking at Take Back the Night Rally is Linda Walker.
radKIDS Development Officer
Parent Advisor to the Department of Justice for
the Amber Alert and CART programs
Board Member of Ideal Township, MN
A champion of victims' rights & advocate for safety of women, young adults & children, Linda Walker lost her 22 year old daughter, Dru Sjodin, in 2003, when she was kidnapped and murdered by a sex offender. He has now been convicted and sentenced to death.
Linda has traveled throughout the country educating college students, law enforcement personnel and the media to raise awareness of the threat of sexual violence. She has lobbied Congress and addressed the House Judiciary Committee in support of the National Children's Protection Safety Act.
On July 27, 2006, Linda's efforts were rewarded when she sat in the White House Rose Garden to witness signing into law, the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act; which included Dru's Law, legislation that provided sex offender information across state lines.
Linda joined the families of other kidnapped children to form an organization born out of their collective tragedies, The Surviving Parents Coalition, (SPC), a child protection lobbying group. The SPC has appeared in People Magazine twice and has been honored as a recipient of the People Magazine 2007, "Heroes Among Us" award.
The SPC partnered with radKIDS, a non-profit organization that is the revolutionary leader in personal empowerment safety education for children (www.radKIDS.org). Linda served on the radKIDS Board of Directors and now because of the generosity of Limited Brands Corporation is working with radKIDS in the capacity of Development Officer.
On March 26, 2011, Linda was presented with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 2010 Director's Community Leadership Award in Washington, DC.
It is Linda's prayer that through her work, Dru's memory will live on, and result in safer communities for society's most vulnerable, our children.
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.