Rend Lake College students Brittney Brewer of McLeansboro (RIGHT) and Tara Bell of Mount Vernon took some time Wednesday to view The Clothesline Project at the Student Center on campus. Presented by the Women's Center of Carbondale, The Clothesline Project allows survivors of sexual abuse, partner violence, and homophobia to break the silence that often surrounds these experiences, according to organizers. During the public display, a clothesline is hung with shirts. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular person's experience, either by victims or their friends or families. Yellow shirts represent incidences of partner violence.
Red, pink, and orange shirts represent rape and sexual assault. Blue and green shirts represent incidents of incest and sexual abuse. Purple shirts represent attacks on a person because of their sexual orientation. Black shirts represent attacks based on political reasons. White shirts represent someone who has been killed as a result of gender violence. April is National Celebrate Diversity Month. CLICK HERE for a larger image.