The Clothesline Project helps domestic violence victims 'tell' story

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - Bay College's Diversity Committee is once again partnering with the Caring House in Iron Mountain to bring The Clothesline Project to Bay College's West Campus.

Completed shirts are then displayed on a clothesline on campus. (WLUC Photo)

Victims can their story, without speaking.

"We are doing our clothesline project and what we do is we display our work made by survivors of Domestic Violence,” said Caring House Crime Victim Advocate, Tara Trudgeon.

Any woman who has been a survivor of violence, can design a shirt. Families and friends of victims can also participate.

Supplies to make shirts will also be available at Escanaba's Bay College Campus on Tuesday, October 15 at 11 a.m.

Completed shirts are then displayed on a clothesline on campus.

"This brings awareness to domestic violence that happens in our communities,” said Bay College’s Director of Student Life, Dave Laur.

Many times it's hard for survivors to speak about their past, this gives them a way to talk about their pain.

"I feel good to know that they have that way to express the pain that they've been suffering,” said Trudgeon.

This hopefully shines a light for others because there’s so much that comes from expressing the past.

"It's crucial for the healing process. You know if you don't talk about it it's just going to stay inside of you,” said Trudgeon.

Many programs are partnering to bring awareness to the impact of domestic violence in the community, especially during the month of October.

"It's something people don't talk about all too often. So being able to share that there are resources such as the Caring House in Iron Mountain or Tri-County Safe Harbor in Escanaba or the other shelters in the area is tremendously important,” said Laur.

Trudgeon wants the public to know there is always help, whether it involves the healing power of designing a shirt or reaching out to get help.

"It's not your fault, and it matters to us, and we're here for you and we want to help you and we want you to be safe,” she said.

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