The Clothesline Project

General Information

Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project is a powerful visual display that is a vehicle for people affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of sexual and domestic violence. With the support of many, it has since spread worldwide.

To learn more about the national network, visit the Clothesline Project website.

The Purpose of the Project is to:

  • Create awareness of the experiences of victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
  • To assist in the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of violence.
  • To educate and raise society’s awareness of the problem of sexual and domestic violence.
  • To provide a nationwide network of support and information for other communities starting their own Clothesline Project.

Color Representation

  • WHITE represents people who have died due to violence.
  • YELLOW or BEIGE represents battered or assaulted victims. 
  • RED, PINK, or ORANGE are for survivors of rape and sexual assault.
  • BLUE or GREEN represent survivors of incest or child sexual violence.
  • PURPLE or LAVENDER represents people attacked because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • BLACK represents people permanently handicapped as a result of violence or who were abused because they are disabled. 

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Philip J. Ruthkosky Ph.D.
Associate Dean Student Affairs
Interim Title IX Coordinator
2nd Floor Passan Hall
570-408-4108
philip.ruthkosky@wilkes.edu