Health & Safety

February 7, 2014

What is the Clothesline Project?

1st Lt. Nicole Myers
SHARP deputy NTC and Fort Irwin

The Clothesline Project has been used as a tool nationwide for the last 25 years to bring attention to the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence and give voice to survivors. It is a visual display of shirts on a clothesline with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by survivors and those who love and support them. The goal of the Clothesline Project is four-fold:

  • To raise awareness and educate communities about the impact of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • To promote healing by allowing survivors and those who love them to share their stories
  • To provide an opportunity for the community to speak out against violence and show their support for survivors
  • To honor the incredible strength, courage and resilience of survivors

How can I help?

Decorate a t-shirt!

There are T-shirt drop boxes located in the commissary, Exchange, Memorial Fitness Center, and at The Forum building 1200 (Normandy Drive & inner Loop Road) for community members to donate T-shirts decorated with messages about the impact of violence or expressing their support for survivors. The T-shirts will be displayed on a clothesline at the Freedom Fitness Center starting at 8 a.m., Feb. 15.

Participate in the One Billion Rising Run & Hero WOD on Feb. 15!

T-shirts collected throughout the month will be displayed at the run, and runners who bring a decorated T-shirt to donate to the Clothesline Project display will receive a free race entry. The Hero WOD will take you through a set of intense exercises in honor of survivors. For the brave of heart, take on the dual 5k Run/Hero WOD Challenge!

The Facts

  • Every single minute of every day, more than one woman is raped in America (United States Justice Department)
  • In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men will experience some form of abuse in their lifetime (National Victim Center)
  • 26 percent of women and 3 percent of men currently serving on active duty have been sexually assaulted during their military career (Department of Defense Annual Survey)
  • At Fort Irwin, there are an average of five cases of domestic violence and three cases of sexual assault every month.



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