JMU's Clothesline Project will be held on the following days and times in The Union, Warren 256: 

  • Monday, March 25 from Noon – 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The project began with a mere 31 shirts in October 1990 as a part of an annual Take Back the Night march in Massachusetts.  Inspired by the AIDS quilt and the visibility that the quilt gave to the issue, a small group of women came up with the idea of using shirts hanging on a clothesline to bear witness to sexual assault and intimate partner violence.  

Now an international initiative, there are currently about 500 projects internationally in at least 41 states and five countries. In total, they have 50,000 to 60,000 shirts. JMU’s Clothesline Project started in the spring of 1992 and has since collected over 950 participant-made shirts from years past. These shirts can still be seen each year. 

This event seeks to highlight and bring awareness to the sexual victimization and intimate partner violence that JMU students and local community members have, and are experiencing, through the display of t-shirts with messages from survivors of sexual violence. 


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