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WAGE and CASA to hold 'The Clothesline Project' April 5

RELEASED: March 26, 2010

The Clothesline Project logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault and the Women's and Gender Equity Center will hold "The Clothesline Project" at 6 p.m. April 5 in the basement of Sutherland Hall.

"The Clothesline Project" was started in Cape Cod, Mass., in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. Women affected by violence express their emotions by decorating a shirt. Participants hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of sexual and domestic violence against women.

WAGE and CASA will provide participants with T-shirts, materials and snacks. The shirts will be displayed and used at the annual "Take Back the Night" rally April 20 in Eau Claire's Owen Park.

"This year is a first for 'The Clothesline Project' on our campus," said Amanda Leiknes, coordinator of CASA. "The project ties in perfectly with the many themes of 'Take Back the Night' — such as speaking out about violence and ending the silence of victims and survivors."

For more information on "The Clothesline Project," contact Abby Vercauteren, WAGE, at vercaual@uwec.edu; or Amanda Leiknes, CASA, at casa@uwec.edu; or visit the national project's Web site.

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