The Clothesline Project started in Cape Cod, Massachusettes, in 1990 for female survivors and loved ones of victims to bear witness to their personal experience of violence and to celebrate their transformation towards healing in a powerful statement of solidarity. as of 2001, there were "Clotheslines" in over 500 communities and several foreign countries.
The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts with graphic messages and illustrations that have been designed by women survivors of violence or by someone who loves a woman who has been hurt. the purpose of the project is to increase awareness of the impact of violence against women, to celebrate a woman's strength to survive, and to tell her story.
Adapted for this community, the Clothesline Project is now a vehicle for all persons affected by rape and sexual assault to give voice to the often horrific and unspeakable experience. Any person who has experienced such violence, as well as their family, friends, and allies, is invited to create a shirt. These shirts, intentionally chosen in specific colors, represent testimony to the problem of violence in our community.