Women’s Center to host domestic violence awareness events Oct. 22

The UNA Center for Women’s Studies will hold two events — The Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night — Monday, Oct. 22, in honor of domestic violence awareness month. Both events are national events that the Women’s Center is revitalizing on campus, said Emily Kelley, coordinator of the Women’s Center.

The Clothesline Project will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will be invited to paint or write anti-violence messages on T-shirts to be hung up on clotheslines outside the Women’s Center. T-shirts and decorations are free, Kelley said.

Take Back the Night will follow The Clothesline Project from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. outside the Women’s Center. Students will be invited to listen to various speakers from places like Rape Response and SafePlace and hear live music performed by UNA students, Kelley said. The event will also include an open mic for students to share personal experiences that pertain to domestic or sexual violence, Kelley said.

“Last year, several students felt safe enough to share some of their experiences with us,” Kelley said. “It was a real breakthrough for them.”

For more information, contact Kelley at [email protected]