The first Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts, in 1990 when a member of the Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.
College of Eastern Idaho, with the support of Idaho State University and several community partners, hosted its first Clothesline Project in October 2021. The turnout was inspiring and we were able to display between 30-40 shirts over a 3-day period, many of those shirts made by CEI students and employees.
Different colors of t-shirts represent different kinds of violence:
White: Some who died because of violence
Yellow: Survivor of physical assault/domestic violence
Red, Pink, Orange: Survivor of sexual abuse
Blue or Green: Survivor of childhood sexual abuse
Purple: Survived attack due to sexual orientation
Brown or Gray: Survivors of emotional abuse
Different Sounds Represent the frequency of certain
Gong: Indicates someone is being battered.
Whistle: Indicates a rape is being reported. Keep in mind most rapes are not reported.
Bell: Indicates that some has died in a violent attack.