The entire MIT Clothesline Project will be on display in the Student Center (W20) from Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th.
If you would like to contribute to the clothesline project, email Melanie and we’ll make arrangements to get shirt making materials to you.
The Clothesline Project was started in Cape Cod, MA in order to provide a visual display of the prevalence and severity of violence against women. Since its inception, it has been used around the state, and groups across the country have started their own version of the Clothesline Project.
The MIT Clothesline Project was started in 2011. It allows us to display shirts created by the MIT community, including survivors, those who know survivors, or those who wish to help end sexual violence. Shirt designs vary widely and can be brief stories of sexual violence, reactions to sexual assault by survivors or others, or calls to end sexual violence (or anything you might think of!); we just ask that no identifying information is included on any of the shirts. The community involvement and individual creativity around the issue of sexual violence is really at the core of what makes this project so great.
We are excited to announce that we will be running the second annual MIT SAAM Community Mural project this year! This is a collaborative, participatory art project that aims to reflect a community commitment to cultivating a positive, healthy, and safe campus culture.
For the first two weeks of April, a photo booth will be set up at SAAM tables for MIT community members to have their pictures taken with props to demonstrate support for SAAM. There will also be pledge cards committing to being part of the solution to ending sexual violence at MIT that community members can fill out and sign.
Stop by and contribute!
We will be in Lobby 10 from 11am to 3pm on:
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During the third week of April, the SAAM Committee will take all of the photos and pledge cards signed over the first two weeks and use them to create the MIT SAAM Community Mural.
The mural will be on display in The Student Center (W20) from Monday, April 22nd through Friday, April 26th.
Wednesday, April 24th
Denim Day on Wednesday, April 24th, is a campaign run by Peace Over Violence annually over the past 20 years. The campaign started when a Supreme Court ruling in Italy overturned a rape conviction because they argued that the survivor’s jeans were so tight, she must have helped her rapist remove them. The next day, the women in the Italian Parliament came to work wearing jeans in solidarity with the victim. Since then, people around the world have participated in Denim Day, a day where communities can come together wearing denim, making a statement against victim blaming.
Keep an eye out for more information coming soon!
Friday, April 19th – Thursday, April 25th on Kresge Lawn
UA Student Support and Wellness, in conjunction with Violence Prevention and Response (VPR), is hosting The Red Flag Campaign at MIT to raise awareness of intimate partner violence (IPV), otherwise known as relationship abuse.
We are continuing this campaign this year with 5,660 red flags on Kresge, representing the number of MIT undergraduate and graduate students who statistically will experience psychological abuse by an intimate partner within their lifetime.
Relationship abuse is defined as a repetitive pattern of behaviors to maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse is a spectrum of violence and includes verbal, emotional, physical, psychological, financial, reproductive, or sexual abuse. To learn the warning signs of an abusive relationship and how to help a friend who is being abused, check out the “Resources For Seeking Help” section on redflag.mit.edu.
UA Photo Campaign: Monday, April 22nd – Friday, April 26th
The UA Student Support and Wellness Committee is launching its second annual photo campaign to demonstrate how interpersonal violence affects our community. Interpersonal violence includes sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment.
You can participate in the following ways:
- Stop by the booth and write out a response to one of the prompts. We have several private spaces to share your response and get your photo taken. Also, your face does not have to be visible in the photo.
- Submit your response anonymously using the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/ffJwk8Te2LmddhOB2. Your response will be held by a person who is not visible, photographed, and posted on the UA Facebook Page.
Our booth times are from 10am-3pm.
Monday 4/22 and Wednesday 4/24, we will be in the student center, and Tuesday 4/23, Thursday 4/25, and Friday 4/26 we will be in Lobby 10.
Photographs of anonymous and in person submissions will be posted on the UA Facebook Page to bring to light the impact of interpersonal violence on the MIT community. We hope that this campaign will raise awareness about interpersonal violence at MIT and empower survivors. You can view submissions from last year’s campaign here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/undergraduateassociation/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1878154932229248.