November 18, 2009

Owens Students Raise Violence Against Women Awareness with Clothesline Project Public Display, Nov. 18

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College students are raising society’s awareness of violent crimes against women by serving as host to a Clothesline Project display on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The public is encouraged to join the campus community and participate in the educational awareness program.

Owens’ Clothesline Project will be available for public display from 12-4 p.m. in the Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. The College is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township.

The Clothesline Project at Owens is being presented in collaboration with Behavioral Connections of Wood County. Currently, there are over 200 shirts in the local collection. The overall educational awareness program is coordinated by Owens student Michelle Jones of Maumee as part of a community activism project in her Multicultural Diversity in the United States class.

Owens’ Clothesline Project is a visual display that bears witness to violence against women. As part of the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts of different colors, each representing individuals victimized by a violent crime. Survivors, family members and friends of women victims of violence design shirts to represent a particular woman’s experience or as a tribute to the women they loved who died as a result of an act of violence. Crimes of homicide, rape/sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, incest/child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, battering/assault and attack due to an individual’s sexual orientation are represented within the Clothesline Project.

Designed to educate and raise society’s awareness of the extent of violent crime, the national Clothesline Project display was founded in Hyannis, Mass., in 1990. Locally, the Clothesline Project in Wood County began in 1995 and is committed to helping survivors of a violent act with the healing process, educating the public on violence against women and providing concrete suggestions of how individuals can work to prevent violence.

One of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio, Owens Community College is a fully accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.