Last year's Clothesline Project shared messages of support for survivors of sexual violence. MacEwan will be continuing the activity this year at locations around campus.
Sexual Violence Awareness Week invites you to join the conversation
October 7, 2019 | Campus Life, Society
In October 2018, students, staff and faculty gathered around locations across campus to write messages of support for survivors of sexual violence onto t-shirts, which were then displayed as part of the Clothesline Project.
The interactive project returns October 7 to 11 as part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2019. You’re invited to stop by any of the booths to learn about campus initiatives, or to decorate a t-shirt with a message of support or an expression of your vision of a world without violence.
“The Clothesline Project is powerful because it creates a supportive presence across the entire campus community,” says Meagan Simon, MacEwan’s sexual violence response coordinator. “Believing survivors and being vocal and open with our support is necessary to address the stigma, silence and shame around the issue. We want to build a community where everyone who has experienced sexual violence can feel heard, believed, accepted and valued, and this is an inspiring way for our community members to share those messages of support.”
Here are some other ways to join the conversation, but for the full list of the week’s events, visit MacEwan.ca/SexualViolence:
- As part of the opening event at noon on October 7, MacEwan will screen its Ending Sexual Violence campaign video for 2019/20. This event will include a spoken word performance by Edmonton Poet Laureate Nisha Patel and remarks from Edmonton City Councillor Bev Esslinger.
- The Spirit Bear Dialogues: Honouring Indigenous Resilience and Resistance will discuss the historical roots of Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Explore how we can respond to the report’s calls for justice within a post-secondary context and in our everyday lives.
- Mia Mingus, writer, educator and community organizer for transformative justice and disability justice, presents Building a Different Way Forward Together: Transformative Justice. Mia will dig into some of the core concepts of transformative justice, the work of building alternatives to our current systems, and the messiness of harm, violence, and abuse.
Everyone deserves support
MacEwan University provides free, confidential information and support for students and employees who have been affected by sexual violence.