The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma is inviting area residents to to pin shirts on the agency’s clothesline that targets violence against women.
Starting today, the clothesline is on display on the FSSO administrative campus, located at 402 Pawnee St. The clothesline will contain color-coded shirts that bear witness to violence against women. The color of each shirt on the clothesline denotes a form of abuse and whether the victim survived the abuse they experienced.
The colors represent:
- White – women who died because of violence
- Yellow – battered or assault women
- Red, Pink, and Orange – survivors of rape and sexual assault
- Blue and Green – survivors of incest and sexual abuse
- Purple – women attacked because of their sexual orientation.
“We’re inviting survivors, those who want to honor a survivor or victim or anyone who wants to make a visual statement to hang a shirt,” said Lena Mosley, FSSO victim advocate.
The shirts can contain the name of a victim, have a note written on the shirt to honor the victim or tell their story; or be pinned on the clothesline anonymously.
The shirts will remain on the display through April 28. The display is aimed at not just being a visual exhibit but encouraging the breaking of the silence associated with such crimes.
“Everyone is invited to hang a shirt at any point during this time frame. We will have shirts available in a limited quantity for your use or you can supply your own,” Mosley said.   
The clothesline project is a national endeavor to increase awareness about a issue that is often cocooned with silence.
To ask questions about the clothesline or other ways to increase awareness call Mosley at (580) 226-3750.