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In October 2023 Rutgers University Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, presented the exhibit, dubbed “Clothesline Project: Survivors Past and Present” in Douglass Library. Established in 1990, the Clothesline Project aims to support and honor survivors and victims of interpersonal violence.

Shirts on display

“Gender violence is a topic that touches all of us, regardless of one’s nationality, race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. This exhibition in collaboration with the VPVA is a way for the Libraries to participate in the advocacy against gender violence, raising awareness among library users.”

Kayo Denda, Head, Margery Somers Foster Center & Librarian for Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Rutgers University – New Brunswick Libraries

Colorful t-shirts, with each color representing a different type of violence, were on display in the “catwalk” area, along with artwork, all created by Rutgers students.

The colors indicate the form of abuse. The texts tell a story and raise awareness.

CONTENT WARNING: Some of these images may be upsetting to view. The texts may contain graphic content dealing with sexual abuse and assault.