T-shirts share inspirational messages during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Clothesline Project display at MCC-Longview

Metropolitan Community College is wrapping up April, known nationally as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, with several successful campaigns across the campuses, including the Clothesline Project and Denim Day.

The Clothesline Project is a movement that started several years ago and many institutions across the country have adopted the concept.

The Clothesline Project is an artistic, visual display of decorated T-shirts speaking out for victims of abuse. The MCC community was invited to design shirts for themselves if they were a victim or to design a shirt as supporter of victims. MCC students, faculty and staff have put together these compelling fashion statement for the past several Aprils.

Denim Day was started by a group called Peace Over Violence after the Italian Supreme Court overturned a rape conviction because the justices felt that since the victim was wearing tight jeans she must have helped her rapist remove her jeans, thereby implying consent. The following day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim.

Here are the images of the various events at MCC throughout April.


Campuses held a variety of other events aimed to educate students about how to recognize abuse, seek help or help others.

Activities included:

  • “No More” Violence campaign–campuses offered blue doughnut (a symbol of the campaign and asked students to sign pledges of non-violence.
  • “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign–MCC-Penn Valley students, both women and men, donned high heels and walked a mile in solidarity for victims.
  • Rose Brooks, a local women’s shelter and support organization, hosted informational seminars.
  • Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) hosted bystander intervention training events.

(Story co-written by Rana Miller)