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Las Cruces community can contribute to The Clothesline Project

The New Mexico State University Women's Studies Program invites the Las Cruces community to contribute to the Clothesline Project, an event held to increase sexual assault awareness.

T-shirt making sessions will be Wednesday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Corbett Center Dona Ana Room and Thursday, April 21 from, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Corbett Center Luna Room.

Victims and survivors of violence, as well as their family and friends, are encouraged to attend and design a T-shirt. Shirts will be displayed on "The Clothesline Project: Bearing Witness to Violence Against Women" Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the corner of Espina Street and University Avenue. The event is also part of "Take Back the Night" and National Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The "Take Back the Night" vigil begins at sundown April 30.

The Clothesline Project acts as an educational tool for those who come to view the Clothesline. It also becomes a healing tool for anyone who makes a shirt, and it allows those who are still suffering in silence to understand that they are not alone.

The Clothesline Project is sponsored by the New Mexico State University Women's Studies Program, Feminists Recreating Equality Everywhere, Wellness, Alcohol and Violence Education, the Las Cruces Police Department Victims' Assistance Unit and La Casa, Inc.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the NMSU Women's Studies Program at (505) 646-3448 or wstudies@nmsu.edu.