Wilkes University


Wilkes to Hold Clothesline Display

Please visit the Clothesline Display Project from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in the Henry Student Center.  

This powerful visual display 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 intimate partner violence.

The purpose of this project is to create awareness of the experiences of the victims and survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence, as well as to assist in the healing process. Additionally, through this Project, we hope to educate and raise our campus community’s awareness surrounding the occurrence of intimate partner violence and sexual assault. We will have campus support services information and a representative from the Domestic Violence Service Center will be available to provide resources. 

There are a number of ways you can add your own message to the display:

  • Feel free to join us to create a shirt during the event.
  • Bring an already created shirt for us to hang up and display on April 25.
  • Drop off a shirt in advance with Title IX Coordinator, Samantha Hart (University Towers, Suite A) or Debbie Scheibler, Director of Residence Life (Passan Hall third floor).
  • Pick up a shirt from Samantha Hart to decorate in advance and give it to us prior to or at the event on April 25.
Whether your shirt has a special meaning to you or is newly purchased for the event, all shirts are welcome!  You may use the following color guide to signify the background of your shirt testimonial: 

  • 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 represent 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. 
Please reach out to Title IX Coordinator, Samantha Hart for additional information at samantha.hart@wilkes.edu, 570-408-3842 or University Towers, Suite A.