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Crisis Center hosts Clothesline Project at State Street Farmers Market

April 08, 2013

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of this, Crisis Center is partnering with Abuse Alternatives to organize the third annual Clothesline Project to honor women affected by sexual and domestic violence. The Clothesline Project works to raise community awareness about the reality of violence, provide support and expression to survivors, provide information on how to identify and prevent sexual and domestic violence. The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts designed by survivors/friends of victims of sexual violence. Those who have experienced such violence will have the opportunity to express their feelings through the creation of t-shirts, which will be on display. The display provides healing for survivors of violence and educates the public about the prevalence and impact of violence against women. Join us April 13th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the State Street Mural-Farmers Market at 810 State St, in Bristol, TN.

Come enjoy local music and vendors, and make t-shirts that reflect your experience or the experience of a loved-one. The event is free of charge. Shirts and materials to decorate them are provided to the public. Donations are appreciated and will go to the sexual assault program at the Crisis Center and to Abuse Alternatives.

This event will include performances by Major Canty, Guido Au'some, JP Parsons, Steve Gilbert, and Jake Quillin. Local food and merchandise vendors will be present to help support this important cause.

"The Clothesline Project is a brave, concrete depiction of the emotional journey that survivor's follow. You will see anger, pain, shame and fear but you will also see hope, healing, love and recovery", said Sandra Rasnake, Sexual Assault Program Director at the Crisis Center.

This project is funded by One Billion Rising: Johnson City.

Crisis Center staff is available for further comment and interview.

Crisis Center is currently celebrating 40 years of providing services to the community. The mission of the Crisis Center is to offer the communities we serve education, advocacy and intervention allowing individuals to find positive solutions for personal crisis. Through support, hope and education we strive to restore emotional balance to both individuals and the communities in which they live.