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Clothesline Project: No longer is the 'dirty laundry' of sexual assault hidden

Clothesline Project: No longer is the 'dirty laundry' of sexual assault hidden

*Feature photo: Victims' Advocates Cassidy Drew and Katerie Driskill make shirts for The Clothesline Project. The Victims Advocacy and Resource Center will be at the booth in the Thorne Rider Campus Center all week helping with the educational component of the project. / Pitchengine Communities photo* (Sheridan, Wyo.) — People who have been sexually assaulted should not have to hide their stories—it is time to air out that dirty laundry. This week, Sheridan College and the Victims Advocacy and Resource Cente r have teamed up to honor April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and have brought the The Clothesline Project to Sheridan College for the second year in a row. The Clothesline Project started in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. "The whole idea of The Clothesline Project is that it was the airing of the dirty laundry. It is a high visibility, relatively low cost way for us to get the word out," Ruth Larson, Director of Counseling and ADA Services at Sheridan College told Dally. "Until we have zero sexual assaults, we need to continue to raise awareness," she continued. "Sexual assault, sexual abuse was something that used to be whispered about. No more." The two groups will host The Clothesline Project all week, and Tuesday is also "Denim Day," a day designed to show that no matter what women wear, they are not inviting assault. On Thursday, events will continue with an "Un-Equal Pay Day Bake Sale," where men will pay $1 for every baked good, and women will pay .70 cents for treats. The annual Take Back the Night Walk will be at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in front of the Thorne Rider Campus Center. [image: Inline image 2] *Ruth Larson, Director of Counseling and ADA Services at Sheridan College, near The Clothesline Project booth in the Thorne Rider Campus Center today. / Pitchengine Communities photo* [image: Inline image 1] *Two shirts on display this morning, the first day of the The Clothesline Project in the Thorne Rider Campus Center. Last year, participants made 59 shirts and this year, Larson hopes for even more. / Pitchengine Communities photo* The Clothesline Project is one that is designed to be inclusive, Larson said. "People can do this for their own abuse, or in memory of a loved one. That way we can get even more people involved," she said. Though men can also be victims of abuse, Larson said she gets them involved by asking them to think of women they know. "I will ask them if they have dated more than three or four women. When they are like, 'Well, yeah,' then I tell them, 'You have dated someone who has been sexually assaulted,'" Larson said. "The other way to get men involved is to ask ... 'What would you do if your sister was sexually assaulted? Or if your mom was sexually assaulted? Put that on your t-shirt. Let's hang that up,'" she continued. [image: Inline image 3] *T-shirts from the 2015 The Clothesline Project are also on display in the Whitney Academic Center this week. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 5] *T-shirts from the 2015 The Clothesline Project are also on display in the Whitney Academic Center this week. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 6] *T-shirts from the 2015 The Clothesline Project are also on display in the Whitney Academic Center this week. / Pitchengine Communities* [image: Inline image 4] *T-shirts from the 2015 The Clothesline Project are also on display in the Whitney Academic Center this week. / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news #whatshappening