RDAP Clothesline Project gives voice to survivors of domestic violence

Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 5:29 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The Rape/Domestic Abuse Program (RDAP) provides services to women and families who are survivors of domestic violence. One of the goals of RDAP is to educate the public on the topic of domestic violence and create a safe space for survivors to tell their stories.

As a part of their events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, RDAP put on their first Clothesline Project.

The original Clothesline Project was created in 1990 in Hyannis, Massachusetts by members of the Cape Cod’s Women’s Defense Agenda learned that 51,000 women had died at the hand of me who claimed to love them. During this same time, 58,000 soldiers had been killed in the Vietnam War.

The number of women slain by an alleged loved one compared to the number of fallen soldiers from the Vietnam War raised concern about domestic violence and motivated the women’s group to make their voices' heard.

The Clothesline is made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. It is a powerful witness of the danger many people live with.

The project will be on display at the gazebo located on 6th and Bailey.

“We all know someone, whether that is a sister or a friend who has been impacted by domestic violence,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Gabby Wagner. “This is something that takes toil in every community and every aspect of their lives. People need to know we are out here because they need our support.”

RDAP will be hosting a dine out at Raising Canes on October 20, 2020. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fifteen percent of the proceeds will be given back to the Rape/Domestic Abuse Program.

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