North Dakota Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night Rally return to Memorial Union

The North Dakota Clothesline Project returns through Friday, Oct. 15, at the Memorial Union.

The powerful display of T-shirts created by survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence marks the 26th year the University has hosted the event, and this year’s exhibit will be nearly double the size, said Campus Prevention & Education Specialist Allison Burkman of CVIC at UND.

More than 450 T-shirts — color-coded to signify different types of violence — tell  the victims’ personal stories of survival. It can be a very healing and empowering experience for victims to be able to make a visual tribute to their feelings, Burkman said. And for viewers, “it’s eye-opening.”

The exhibit which opened Monday, runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon Friday. There is no charge.

The public also is welcome to attend the Take Back the Night Rally at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Memorial Union, Ballroom 220. That event opens with a 6 p.m. social hour in Ballroom 214. Take Back the Night is a worldwide foundation whose mission is to create safe communities through awareness to end sexual assault, domestic and dating violence.