2015 Festival of Books, 2015 Festival of Books News

Clothesline Project @ 2015 Festival of Books


Clothesline Project A backdrop of t-shirts featuring brave statements about violence against women sets the stage for novelist Kathie Giorgio and poet Sarah Xerta to raise their voices into the mix, adding lyricism and story-telling to create a new depth of understanding.

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, MA, in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women. With the support of many, it has since spread world-wide. The shirts are color coded to show the form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced.

  • White represents women who died because of violence;
  • Yellow or beige represents battered or assaulted women;
  • Red, pink, and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault;
  • Blue and green t-shirts represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse;
  • Purple or lavender represents women attacked because of their sexual orientation;
  • Black is for women attacked for political reasons.


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