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Archive for Thursday, October 26, 1995

REMEMBERING VICTIMS

October 26, 1995

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In addition to "The Clothesline Project," another event at city hall will honor victims of domestic violence. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, names of women killed in violent attacks by lovers, husbands, boyfriends and partners will be read in the "Remember My Name Reading." The event will close with a candlelight vigil.

Multicolored T-shirts form the canvas of a local art exhibit by victims of sexual and domestic violence.

"The Clothesline Project" is a display of T-shirts made by women and children who have suffered domestic or sexual violence or abuse in their lives.

The display, which began at the beginning of this month, is commemorating the observance of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The artwork is on display at city hall through the end of this week to raise awareness and recognize victims.

The T-shirts were also displayed at Kansas University this week and at the Harvest of the Arts festival.

A group of local women who attended a Washington, D.C., rally last year saw a similar display and decided to get the project going locally, said Rachel Christaudo, one of the local project organizers.

"It's incredibly moving," Christaudo said. "It's intense. I feel really proud to be able to work on this."

Some local groups have gotten involved with the project, but much publicity about the project has been by word of mouth, Christaudo said. So far, the group has gotten about 30 T-shirts from victims of violence.

Project organizers have also provided supplies to make the shirts at various local meetings and have a box at Headquarters Inc., 1419 Mass., where people can drop off their shirts.

"It can be a really empowering thing to tell your story," Christaudo said.

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