Every year groups all over the U.S. take part in a national art project, they do this by putting T-shirts on a clothesline as a memorial to the victims, and survivors of Domestic Violence.
The shirts are a visual way for victims to tell their stories, and at the same time end the silence surrounding Domestic Violence.
The color of the shirts each tells a different story all their own. On Monday, officials from hope incorporated hung the laundry of stories on Fairmont States campus to raise awareness.
For officials it was a way to help insure that more people know, and understand that Domestic Violence is not a private matter, but a national problem that affects us all. In our state alone, a call is made to a Domestic Violence hotline every seven minutes. That's why 'the Clothesline Project' calls attention to violence against women, while helping in the healing process, and educating the public to raise awareness.
"Traditionally, hanging out the clothes was a woman's job in the house, and when they were out hanging out their clothes they would talk, and they would share things that they wouldn't say to anybody else. So that's kinda the inspiration for this, but it has sort of blossomed into a lot more in general of domestic violence." said Pam Thomas, Children Case Manager with Hope Inc.
Officials also said that the process of designing a shirt gives each woman a new voice to expose their life changing experiences, and provides a powerful step toward breaking the silence.