Clothesline Project

Liam McMonagle / WAER News

Domestic violence experts emphasize that a sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds in America.  

This weekend, Vera House of Syracuse created a display as part of the Clothesline Project at Destiny Mall honoring survivors of sexual assault and abuse. At the unveiling ceremony this weekend, survivors spoke about their experiences and used their stories to empower others.

John Smith / WAER News

Out of all of the shirts for sale in stores at Destiny USA, you’ll never see any with these sayings... ”The pain will never stop," and “I chose to survive.”  Those are just a sampling of the more than 300 shirts spread across the Vera House Clothesline Project at the mall to raise awareness about sexual abuse.  All of them are made by survivors and will be on display until May 6th.  Prevention and Education Director Loren Cunningham says sexual abuse causes a ripple effect of emotions in families and beyond.

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The shirts hanging on several clotheslines in the Canyon Area of Destiny USA are unlike any you’ve ever seen before. They are filled with at least 300 messages, hand-drawn layouts telling the personal stories of sexual assault victims of all ages.