Next week, two annual events supporting survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence will take place in Madison Union and Grafton-Stovall.

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project allows survivors to write their stories or message on a t-shirt, all of which are then displayed in Madison Union 256. The display is open on Monday (4/4) from 12 to 8 p.m., Tuesday (4/5) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday (4/6) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Survivors will also have the option to create shirts in the display room during the event. Photography is not allowed.

Take Back the Night

Take Back The Night is a one night event on Tuesday, April 5 from 6 to 10 pm in Grafton-Stovall theater. The event is broken into thirds: from 6 to 7, they will have student performances; from 7 to 8, John Kelly, the keynote speaker will talk; and at 8, a speak out will begin. A speak out allows students to share their experiences of sexual assault with relative anonymity. The auditorium is darkened, and speakers don’t share their names.

This year’s speaker, John Kelly, is a survivor from Tufts University who was the first person to speak in front of Congress about sexual assault on college campuses in the LGBT+ community.

Attendees are allowed to come and go in between the three sections of the night. Those who attend the speak out should know that no recording or photography is allowed of any kind, and there is a general expectation that the stories shared during the hour will not be repeated.

For more information about the Clothesline Project, you can visit their event page.

For more information about Take Back the Night you can visit their Facebook page.

There will be volunteers at both events if you need support or resources.

If you need to speak to someone about sexual assault or intimate partner violence, you can contact CARE (540-568-6411) who can be listening ear and/or point you towards more on-campus resources.

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