University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Women’s Center will host the Clothesline Project and Take Back The Night Rally

The Women’s Center will host the 18th annual display of the North Dakota Clothesline Project  Oct. 1-4, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The Take Back the Night Rally will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

The purpose of the Clothesline Project is to bear witness to the survivors as well as the victims of violence, and help with the healing process for those who have lost a loved one or are survivors of violence. The Clothesline Project is also held to educate, document, and raise society’s awareness about the problem of violence in the state of North Dakota. The project features decorated t-shirts representing stories told by survivors, family members and/or friends of the victims (those who have died as a result of interpersonal violence). The t-shirts are color coded to represent the many forms of violence. We encourage everyone to walk through the project.

The keynote speaker at the Take Back the Night Rally will be Deirdre Keys from the Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project, Minneapolis.  She has nearly 20 years of experience working in the field of domestic violence. In the past six years, her main focus has been stalking. Join us as she shares her experience of working with victims whose fear can be overwhelming, but whose resilience manifests, and learn a few simple ideas on how to help end this potentially lethal behavior.

After Keys speaks, a march will take place to give survivors, friends, and family members a voice and a way to bring awareness to interpersonal violence. The march will start from the north side of University Ave. in front of the Memorial Union to Princeton Street and back on the south side of University Ave. ending back at the Memorial Union.

Help us take a stand against violence. This issue affects everyone. Come support the cause.

For more information, call the Women’s Center at 777-4300, or contact Kay Mendick or Patty McIntyre at 777-4300 or UND.womenscenter@UND.edu.

-- Patty McIntyre, Women's Center, 777-4300, UND.womenscenter@UND.edu.


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