MSU Breaks the Silence for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

It’s designated to raise awareness about sexual violence and how to prevent it, and Minot State University is taking part.

(Lisa Dooley/Title IX Coordinator, MSU) “This is their voice. They can tell their story and not be judged.”

It’s not laundry that hangs from this clothesline.

Attached to each t-shirt is someone’s story.

Stories that don’t always have a voice to share them.

(Morgan Hunter/Senior, Psychology Major) “Survivors are allowed to decorate a t-shirt and tell their story. It’s a really strong message, it’s such a good visual representation of what they went through, but it’s a way for them to convey that message without having to say it to you and speak in words.”

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is the Clothesline Project on display at Minot State University.

(Dooley) “You will see that each color represents what kind of violence that they have endured. Orange is for sexual assault as well as pink. The white one is for a individual who has lost a loved one, they have died as a result of violence. Our green is violence that they have suffered because of their sexual orientation. Yellow is for those that have been assaulted and battered.”

The shirts bear witness to those affected by sexual violence, not only spreading awareness to others, but as part of a healing process for victims.

(Hunter) “It’s not as hidden as what we think it is.I hope that they just take a minute to look and reflect on the stories that are up here on these t-shirts. I hope that if they were ever in a situation of domestic violence or sexual assault they it would make them think twice and make them aware of the resources that they have available to them.”

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