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Women share their stories of abuse in The Clothesline Project

Posted at 11:01 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 12:01:47-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — One in three women has experienced some kind of sexual violence according to womenshealth.gov.

This month, the women on the campus of UNO are letting their voices be heard with stories designed on t-shirts.

From "I didn't know it was rape" to how many times they were raped, women on campus are standing up and using creativity to bring awareness to the problem.

The Clothesline Project lets them share their experiences visually on domestic violence and sexual assault. Participants can decorate the shirts themselves or have organizers do it for them. The display will be hung in the campus library and online this month.

"It helps survivors take back their narrative and let their voices be heard. Often something that is shoved in the back of your brain that you don't want to think about and this is forcing people to think about and remind them that this is something that is happening here in Omaha and within their own community," said Sydney Meier, director of UNO's Women and Gender Equity Center Director.

This is the fifth year of the program.

If you need to talk to someone, call 800-656-HOPE (4673).