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Warren Wilson Students Confront Violence Against Women

by Claire Toal, staff writer

The word “No” is defined as:

1.(a negative used to express dissent, denial, or refusal, as in response to a question or request)

2. (used to emphasize or introduce a negative statement)

“No” has the same pronunciation in several languages and virtually the same meaning. Unfortunately, the word is rarely received as a response or reaction in countless situations in society.

One in four women and one in nine men will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. 1 in 33 males have experienced, attempted, or completed rape during their lifetime. The U.S. Department of Housing and Development states that domestic violence is identified as the third leading cause of homelessness in US. Fifty four percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the police, and 80% of the victims are under the age of 30. More than a third of all rapists are a friend or acquaintance. Some people can just not take no for an answer.

The RISE crew hosted an event the Clothesline Project Nov. 13 which provided Warren Wilson students with a safe haven to honor female survivors and victims, as well as their friends/family, of intimate violence. The Clothesline Project, which was displayed this year in Canon Lounge, is a national campaign that began in 1990 in Cape Cod, MA to address the issue of violence against women. The project allows women affected by violence to express their emotion/experience on a self decorated T-shirt. They are then hung on a line as a testimony for those who have experienced domestic violence.

“What would a community free from violence look like? What do you want this community to look like?” inquired pieces of white paper cut out in the shape of t-shirts, encouraging students to define a campus that feels safe for them.

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