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Vera House Hosts The Clothesline Project At Destiny USA

A small part of the Project shows the shirt designs created by survivors of sexual assault. (c) 2018 Riley Didier

Click the play button above to learn about the inspirational project that is set up by Vera House here in Syracuse, N.Y.

Audio transcript: Clothesline Project Transcript

By Riley Didier SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — From April 8th to April 15th, Vera House will host The Clothesline Project at Destiny USA in Syracuse.

The Clothesline Project is a dedication to those who are impacted by sexual assault with a display consisting of 300 shirts consisting of messages of hurt, sorrow, anguish, and any sort of call for help you can think of. This display is an inspiring skeptical with shirts created by men and women and a couple “onesies” created by and for young children.

This Project began in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when women became aware of the fact that while 58,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women died in relation to sexual abuse. Across the country, the Project has grown to an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 shirts and 5,000 and 6,000 Clothesline Projects nationally and internationally.

Julie Longmore, a survivor of sexual assault was able to comment on her personal connection with the display

“I mean what do we look like, were everywhere,” said Longmore. “we’re your co-workers, we’re your roommates, we’re your family. We’re everybody and this project means a lot to me because this is a chance to express my life experience and how it’s impacted me.”

You can stop by Destiny USA to see Julie’s shirt, along with many others through April 15th on the third floor of The Canyon.

Sexual assault and sexual abuse affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men so if you or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault or is in an abusive relationship, contact Vera House at (315) 425-0818.