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University of Utah to host abuse awareness program

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 7:40 p.m. MDT

A group stops to read messages on T-shirts displayed in the Capitol rotunda in Salt Lake City, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The Clothesline Project, a display of hand-decorated T-shirts, depicts messages regarding interpersonal violence. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) A group stops to read messages on T-shirts displayed in the Capitol rotunda in Salt Lake City, Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. The Clothesline Project, a display of hand-decorated T-shirts, depicts messages regarding interpersonal violence. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — A nationally known abuse awareness program will be on display at the University of Utah next week.

According to the Utah Department of Health, one in three Utah women will experience some type of sexual assault in their lifetime. To bring awareness to this issue and all other forms of abuse, the Associated Students of the U. will host the Clothesline Project, Oct. 21-22 in the A. Ray Olpin Union Building.

The two-day event will feature T-shirts designed by victims of abuse portraying their thoughts, feelings and experiences. Victims and their family members are invited to contribute a shirt for display.

“We aim to give the survivors a voice and create awareness about issues that are so often ignored,” said Braxton Dutson, director of student advocacy for the student group. “We display the shirts created by survivors on a clothesline so students and community members can read the experiences and hopefully be moved to help stop it.”

Decorating materials will be available at the union building on the days of the event, and a private space will be provided for those participating. T-shirts are available at the Rape Recovery Center, 2035 S. 1300 East, or people may bring their own shirts from home. No logos are allowed.

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