Underwear lined Jayhawk Boulevard on Wednesday as part of a project aimed at increasing awareness about sexual assault and violence.
“I think for a lot of people, they’re not accustomed to walking across campus or walking up Jayhawk Boulevard and seeing underwear, and from afar people are seeing the underwear and wondering what it is,” said Annie McKay, assistant director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center/Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. “They get closer and … then they begin to see the messages on the underwear.”
And through today, submissions of panties with messages about sexual violence will be accepted at a table on Jayhawk Boulevard. All of the collected underwear will be on display along the boulevard April 27-30, as part of activities during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
And the sidewalk in front of the project is covered in chalked ribbons — 610 of them, representing the people who received help from the GaDuGi Safe Center for sexual assault issues last year. McKay says she hopes the Pantyline Project will encourage people to come forward about cases of sexual violence.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual assault or violence, call the 24-hour sexual assault hot line, 841-2345. For more information on the GaDuGi Safe Center, visit GaDuGiSafeCenter.org.