MSMU Students Protest Violence Against Women
March 3, 2008 -- To help give a voice to women affected by violence, Mount Saint Mary’s University students will spend their lunch breaks March 10-12 designing and displaying T-shirts with anti-violence messages. The T-shirts will be hung on clotheslines erected on campus in support of the Clothesline Project, an annual activity organized by the College during Women's History Month.
The Clothesline Project enables student participants to make a powerful step toward helping survivors break through the shroud of silence that has surrounded their experiences. Since Mount Saint Mary’s University is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the Western United States, event organizers found it important to launch an annual activity that lends voices to women who are victims of violence.
"Young women nationwide are vulnerable to violence, with some estimates that 20 to 25 percent of college women experience attempted or completed rape," says Dr. Susan Salem, the College's Director of Counseling and Psychological Services. "There is much shame that surrounds a victim's experience, so it is a relief to see that they are not alone."
The clotheslines will be exhibited on the College's Chalon campus March 10-12 to serve as a visual testimony to the intolerable problem of violence against women. The clotheslines will be on display in the circle of the Chalon Campus, located at 12001 Chalon Road in Brentwood.
"Mount Saint Mary’s University is committed to empowering women to develop leadership skills and find their own unique voices," says College President Dr. Jacqueline Powers Doud. "It's particularly gratifying to support our students as they join with others across the country to draw attention to the issue of violence against women."
The Clothesline Project is sponsored by the Student Affairs Women's Coalition, which includes a wide variety of academic, staff and student groups on campus.