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NCCC to Participate in Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Host Clothesline Exhibit

Niagara County Community College

Niagara County Community College

April 2, 2014

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Niagara County Community College Wellness Center, the NCCC Student Life “Promise for Tomorrow” program (Campus Suicide Prevention) and the Niagara County YWCA are hosting the nationally recognized Clothesline Project exhibit beginning Monday, April 7- Friday, April 11, 2014.  The exhibit will be on display at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, NY in the Student Center Building (G Building), on the first floor, Room G-117B and in the Student Entertainment Lounge.  The exhibit is open to the public from 11:00am to 2:00pm each day. In addition, the Wellness Center will offer counseling and referrals to students with issues regarding Sexual Assault and Violence, and there will be activities and workshops throughout the week in the Student Entertainment Lounge.

Clothesline Project/Personal Wellness Week activities scheduled at NCCC:

Monday, April 7th at 12:00 - Opening Ceremonies & Reception with Refreshments
Tuesday, April 8th at 12:30 - Make your own Zen Garden
Wednesday, April 9th at 12:00 - Intimate Partner Violence Workshop & Free Pasta lunch
Thursday, April 10th at 12:30 - Workshop “Look out for Yourself” and “Self-Defense” - Pizza lunch
Friday, April 11th at 12:00 - Stress Management Workshop and create your own Dream Catcher - Wrap lunch

The Clothesline Project features T-shirts which have been decorated by women and men who have been affected by sexual violence as a victim, survivor, friend or family member.  Each shirt tells the survivor’s story in a unique way, using words and/or artwork to decorate the shirt.  The T-shirts are color-coded to show the form of abuse the victim experienced.  White represents those who died because of violence; beige represents those who were battered or assaulted; red, pink and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual abuse; blue and green represent survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple or lavender are for those attacked because of their sexual orientation and black is for victims attacked for political reasons.

The Clothesline Project is a unique way to show the staggering, mind-numbing statistics of sexual assault and turn them into a provocative, in-your face educational and healing tool.  For further information, contact Colleen Mary Johnson LMSW 716-614-6815 or Sheila Harris 716-614-6280 in the NCCC Wellness Center.