Clothesline Projects all over the world remind people of the real meaning of violence statistics that are often ignored. The Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when members of Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them.

The project began with 31 shirts which were created by survivors of different forms of violence. The official Clothesline Project website,, estimates that there are projects in at least 41 states and five countries. More Clothesline Projects are created each year.

The Clothesline Project in Utah County

The Clothesline Project has been displayed at Utah Valley University at least twice each year since 1998. It is displayed in April and October to commemorate sexual assault awareness and domestic violence awareness month.

All of the shirts in this display were made by people in Utah County who visited the display, reflecting the reality that violence is a problem everywhere - even in Utah County.

Upcoming Clothesline Projects at Utah Valley University:
  • October 20th & 21st, 2014; 8am to 7pm; Centre Stage
  • Special Program: October 20th & 21st; 7pm to 8pm; SC 206ABC

 Make a Shirt

Shirts and the materials to decorate them are available to the public free of charge. The shirts can be made at the display, or they may be made elsewhere and dropped off at the Clothesline Project at a later time. We are grateful to the survivors who courageously share their stories.

We are also grateful to those who donate supplies or volunteer their time to this worthwhile cause.
 Personal Testimonies of Violence

Each shirt is one survivor's testimony of their personal experience with violence. Some shirts in the display show fear, anger, or pain, while others show hope and healing. Each shirt represents its creator's feelings, but does not reflect every survivor's attitude.