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STLCC-Meramec Events Raise Awareness of Violence Against Women

March 14, 2012

St. Louis Community College-Meramec presents two events during Women’s History Month to increase awareness of violence against women.

The “Women’s Clothesline Project Exhibit” begins Monday, March 26, and runs through Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. each day in the Library Quadrangle on the Meramec campus, 11333 Big Bend Road.

The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a national project which serves as a visual depiction of violence against women and bears witness to this serious problem within our communities. The CLP was started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1990 and serves as a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are then hung on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

In the event of rain, the exhibit will be moved to the Student Center on the west side of the campus.

A “Take Back the Night” march will be held on Wednesday, March 28.  “Take Back the Night” is intended to increase awareness of sexual violence, stop the silence surrounding these crimes and empower survivors.

Women will meet in the Station Plaza, 110 W. Argonne Dr., at 6 p.m. in downtown Kirkwood, with speaker Apryl Duncan of Every Step Counts while the men will gather in Room 105 of the Business Administration building on campus for an interactive lecture. The women will then march to the Circle Drive at Meramec, where they will join the men and listen to guest speakers Abby Howard from Catholic Charities’ Rescue and Restore Coalition Organizer, and Dee Dee Lhamon of Covering House.

In case of inclement weather, participants will meet in the Meramec gymnasium on the east side of campus.

The “Women’s Clothesline Project Exhibit” and “Take Back the Night” events are co-sponsored by the Women’s History Month Committee and the Meramec Diversity Committee and are a part of the “Voices Against Violence” series.