Victim StudiesJoin us in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the Clothesline Project Oct. 20 and 27 and for “Telling Amy’s Story” on Oct. 25.
The Clothesline Project
Oct. 20, 10am to 2pm (decorate)
Lowman Student Center Mall
Oct. 27, 9am to 2pm
Criminal Justice Center (display)
To raise awareness about violence against women, the Crime Victim Services Alliance (CVSA) and the Crime Victims’ Institute (CVI) will host two events in October: The Clothesline Project and a documentary and discussion on domestic violence.
This year’s Clothesline Project honors victims and survivors of gender-based crimes. In commemoration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, individuals affected by violence are invited to decorate t-shirts in effort to raise awareness. Others are also invited to participate in honor of survivors and victims.
The display will be a testimonial on the impact of violence in society for all to witness. For survivors of rape, battering, incest, or child abuse or the friends and family of murder victims, the messages are empowering and provide an opportunity to share their stories. For those who are still suffering in silence, the display stands as a symbol that they are not alone.
The idea originated in Cape Cod in 1990, with the clothesline used because laundry was considered women’s work, and it was where women gathered to share information across the back fence. The movement has grown with more than 500 projects across the country and globe, with 50,000 to 60,000 shirts made.
In addition to the Clothesline Project, CVSA and CVI will host a documentary “Telling Amy’s Story” and panel discussion on domestic violence. The documentary chronicles the life of Amy Homan McGee, a Pennsylvania woman who was shot to death by her husband after years of abuse. By interviewing friends, family, and coworkers, the film provide a timeline of the last weeks, months and years of her life and ways the tragedy could have been prevented along the way. The public service media project, produced by the Penn State Public Broadcasting, was hosted by Mariska Hargitay of “Law and Order: SVU” and told by Det. Deirdri Fishel of the State College Police Department in Pennsylvania.
The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion with local organizations who assist domestic violence survivors.
In case of inclement weather, contact (936) 294-4425 to see if outside events are cancelled.