Clothesline project helps raise awareness

Two dozen Northwest Campus students, faculty and staff decorated T-shirts in October as part of an effort to increase awareness of domestic violence.

The Clothesline Project, a nationwide organization, was founded in 1990 and is intended to empower victims of violence to speak out. The event is in its third year at TCC, and is hosted by the student conduct and student activities departments.

During the drop-in event, participants chose a shirt that had a particular significance. Yellow shirts signified survivors of physical assault and/or domestic violence; red, pink and orange, survivors of sexual assault; purple; survivors of attacks due to sexual orientation; black, disabled as a result of an attack; blue and green, survivors of childhood sexual abuse and white, individuals who died due to violence.

Leon Minor, director of student conduct and prevention education, founded the project at the TCC Northwest, and said he hopes it helps students become aware of how TCC can help students struggling with these issues.

“We want our community to know help is available on all TCC campuses for anyone experiencing violence,” Minor said.

Each TCC campus has professional counselors available for students free of charge. Campus CARE Teams and the TCC Title IX Office are available to assist students in connecting with campus and community resources.