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NOVA hosts domestic violence awareness events

Clothesline Project

Students, faculty and staff showed overwhelming support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault as part of the Clothesline Project. The event was hosted at NOVA’s Medical Education Campus, Oct. 5 and 6 and will become a poignant visual display that bears witness to the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault in our society.

Participants decorated shirts and hung them on clotheslines to represent a survivor’s experience, to show support for a survivor or to communicate a message to end violence. The Clothesline Project, a national initiative that begin in 1990 in Cape Cod, MA, first began as a means for women to address and actively express the issue of violence.

The Clothesline Project at NOVA-MEC was sponsored by the College’s Sexual Assault Services (SAS), a program of NOVACares.  Connie J. Kirkland, Director of NOVACares, said it is critical for the college community to understand the impact of sexual violence, dating/partner violence and stalking. 

“The visual display of t-shirts created by our own NOVA members - some victims, some significant others, and some by concerned others - is a very graphic method of education,” Kirkland said. “Passive education, but still extremely meaningful.  As we hung created t-shirts on clotheslines on our campus, people would pass by, see and read them, and they could not help but become affected by the wording.”  

As a former Director of Sexual Assault Services at George Mason University, Kirkland said the idea to host the project at NOVA first occurred last spring at the campuses of Annandale, Alexandria and the Medical Education Campus. This year marks the second presentation of the Clothesline Project at the same three campuses, with NOVA-Loudoun, Manassas and Woodbridge scheduled to host the event during the Spring 2016 semester. Each Clothesline Project event will be followed by a Take Back the Night Rally and March, a worldwide event to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence by promoting community involvement. NOVA-MEC kicked off the rally and march on Oct. 6, with Annandale to follow Oct. 20 and the Alexandria Oct. 27. A resource fair for Take Back the Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the rally at 7 p.m.  Volunteers are needed at each scheduled campus event. 

For additional information or to volunteer, contact Sexual Assault Services at 703.338.0834 or email at nova.sas@nvcc.edu.

Media Contact: Kristina Ogburn | 703.503.6338 | kogburn@nvcc.edu

 

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s website, www.nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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