As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Niagara County Community College Wellness Center and the Niagara County Trauma Task Force are hosting the nationally recognized Clothesline Project exhibit beginning Monday, April 16. The exhibit will be on display in the Dolce-Valvo Art Center (D168) on the Sanborn campus through Thursday, April 19.
The Clothesline Project features T-shirts, which have been decorated by women and men who have been affected by sexual violence as a victim, survivor, friend or family member. Each shirt tells the survivor's story in a unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate the shirt.
The T-shirts are color-coded to show the form of abuse the victim experienced. White represents those who died because of violence; beige represents those who were battered or assaulted; red, pink and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual abuse; blue and green represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple or lavender are for those attacked because of their sexual orientation; and black is for victims attacked for political reasons.
The Clothesline Project is a unique way to show the staggering statistics of sexual assault and turn them into a provocative, in-your face educational and healing tool.
Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Monday, April 16, at noon in the Dolce-Valvo Art Center (D168) with a reception to follow. The exhibit is open to the public on Monday and Tuesday from noon until 5 p.m., Wednesday, from noon to 7 p.m., and Thursday, from noon until 2 p.m.
For more information, contact Colleen Mary Johnson LMSW 716-614-6815 or Sheila Harris 716-614-6280 in the NCCC Wellness Center.