What is the Clothesline Project?

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts that are created by individuals who are impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, stalking, or other forms of interpersonal violence. This allows for individuals that are impacted to share their experiences with others in our campus community. The Clothesline Project has been a tradition at Syracuse University for over ten years, and the shirts pictured below have been collected throughout this time period. We are so excited to bring this display to a virtual format. A special thank you to the 2021 Take Back The Night Planning Committee for coming up with this vision and helping to photograph and caption all the shirts below.

The shirts below in the Clothesline Project could be triggering for individuals. We would like to remind people to take care of themselves, if you would like to speak with a confidential resource we recommend connecting with one of the resources below.

Shirts will be added to the online gallery throughout the year. If you are interested in contributing to the Clothesline project:

  • In-Person Contribution: Completed shirts may be dropped-off at the Barnes Center at The Arch Health Promotion front desk. While supplies last (e.g. shirt, fabric markers or paint) are available for pick-up to Syracuse University community members. Please return unused supplies when submitting the completed shirt.
  • Virtual Contribution: To participate, please complete the Clothesline Project Form and the TBTN Planning Committee will make a shirt on your behalf. 

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A shoulder to lean on
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You may trod me in the dirt but still I will rise!
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Look at me now
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77% of rape are committed by someone known to the person raped!
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I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.
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Somewhere over the rainbow, there is no pain.. is a place to love…is a place to be free. Be strong, you will find your rainbow.
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Remember Harvey Milk 5/22/30 – 11/27/78
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One mom stood alone. Why?
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Stop NYPD Police Brutality
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1 in 6 women get my
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Every minute of the day a woman is raped
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You cannot block my relfection. I will always be myself.
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In loving memory of Jenni-Lyn Watson 1990-2010
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“I believe that certain people come into your life for a reason; they change your life when you least expect it. These are the people you will NEVER forget” – Forever In Our Hearts, Heaven’s Ballerina JLW
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Control. Power. The cycle will end when men hold each other accoutnable. Words hurt more than your fist. There is help! It just takes 1x. You can break the cycle.
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Violence against one affects us all. Together we can end sexual/domestic hateful violence. There is always hope and support and love.
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Be open to love, be open to change. There is hope… Strength comes in many forms, smiles in different shades, forgiveness is a choice, silence is forgetting.
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No mean no, even if you’re my boyfriend.
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Tough times never last, but tough people do.
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I am strong. Live is not pain. I’m not afraid.
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She’s been everybody else’s girl, maybe one day she will be her own.
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Rainy days, violence, hatred, racism, sexism, homophobia, ignorance. Fight for change.
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Power = privledge. Stop abusing it! When does it end? Love, fear, confusion. Where there is struggle, there is hope.
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Violence is not cool for men to do. Don’t favor me no more. Peace.
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Stop the violence. Peace, Unity, Serenity.
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Don’t hide. Being ashamed only adds one more to the list.
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It’s time to fight back!
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You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness. But still, like air, I will rise.
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I am no longer silent. Won’t you join me? Please? Take Back the Night. Syracuse 2004.
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Educate. Elevate. Empower.
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Pretty panties don’t cause rape.
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(Image: a tunnel with a light at the end)
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One woman’s pain is felt by all. Stop the violence
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A childhood won back
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Strength is never lost but always gained.
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We’re taking it back! Take Back the Night ‘Cuse 2008
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You are not alone. We <3 You!
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Child abuse casts a shadown that lasts a lifetime – Ward
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I know you will never stop so I will just fly away and be free from your words and actions.
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No more your target. Take back the guilt and shame that you made me carry for 30 years while I take back my soul.
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Your past is only a reminder of your strength and courage, potential and purpose.
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Rape is political. Stop all violence.
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Break the silence, stop domestic violence.
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Pain does not = love
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There are other ways
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You no longer have a chain on me.
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Respect
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Broken heart, stuck, lost, pain, deceit, vulnerable, tears, darkness. You had no right!
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Without love there is no justice.
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Love shouldn’t hurt.
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There is love in her life now not overshadowed by fear.
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After 30 years I confronted him and I was freed!
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How would you feel if your girlfriend was raped? TBTN 2007
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(Image: a female symbol)
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If only everyone could speak out like we are.
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No matter what: we will sing, we will dance, we will love ourselves and each other, we will cry, we will smile, we will fly, we will dream, we will try, we will believe, we will survive, no matter what.
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For my aunt who got away, for the women who are trying, who are surviving, and for myself and every other woman to be inspired by survivors and find the strength if we need it.
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Her innocence had the brilliance of a shiny red jewel.. he took her innocence and she stopped shining… I still miss her.
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You are not alone.
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Our innocence will not be robbed, forced, taken, assaulted, stolen.
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You were in a cocoon after your assault. Now you’ve shed your fear and have become a strong beautiful butterfly.
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End the violence. It’s okay to speak up. Love yourself.
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“What do you expect from a guy? He couldn’t help it. It’s biological.” – Dad. “He’s harmless – wouldn’t hurt a fly!” – The Investigator. “He’s been my best friend forever. He’d never hurt a chick!” – His friend. “We’ll lose the case – not enough evidence.” – My lawyer. “Drop the chargers, forget, and move on.” – My friends. “HELP.”
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Cause I’m invisible for the last time…
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No Place For Hate.
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Fight back! Stay Strong! I know he loves you but never allow him to touch you! I didn’t allow him to get to you. You should not too.
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If they hit you with fists, tell them to cease and resist the urge to use violence. Be smart. Be safe. End the silence!
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My Gang Sign
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Free from shame, guilt, regret, blame, doubt, self-hate. ACCEPTING ME. Don’t be afraid to have a voice. Love yourself amidst everything you go through.
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Don’t be ashamed of your story, it will INSPIRE others.
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The night she was burned, our sunshine disappeared, at the hands of her husband. My aunt was love, a gift, stolen from us all.
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Be strong
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The night is mine, take back your night!
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Nothing is heavy to those with wings.
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Stop. He was just in a bad mood. He’ll kill me. It doesn’t happen just once. I can’t leave. Don’t leave, I love you. Not again. Pray for me. I said no! He said he loved me. Please help! it will never happen again. Please don’t hurt me.
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You were… hurt, betrayed, violated, broken, haunted. You are… incredible, loved, the strongest woman I know.
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Yes I wore a slinky red thing. Does that mean I should spready for you? Your friends? Your father Mr. Ed?
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Someone could’ve step in, someone could’ve helped. Please don’t turn away.
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If a person really loves you, they don’t need to make you cry to show you violence is not the way.
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My body is my choice!
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The wounds on the outside may heal…but the one’s on the insdie always take longer. even 1 time – it’s still wrong! NO is NO.
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In 1 Night
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You do not stand alone.
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Break the cycle
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But where there’s a monster there’s a miracle!!!
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CUS united against sexual violence
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My name is Eliana 3x silent. Silent no more.
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When I said “NO” he thought I was joking… When I cried he laughed and asked me… Why? He was my boyfriend. I thought I could trust him! He was supposed to care.
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I’m a survivor… I didn’t give up… I made it! Speak up! Fight back against violence.
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Give me life… Give me pain… Give me myself again!
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We stand with YOU.
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No one has the right to hurt you.
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NO means NO
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Take your abusive comments throw them away. Take all of your lies I’ll never let you stay. Never can you hurt me, never can you try. Never can you touch me. I’ll never have to wonder why?
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FAGs are people too
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So close but yet so far away. Who would you be if you were there…
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F**** dyke that night I was outnumbered 10 to 1…
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When I say NO it means NO
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When there is no enemy within the enemies outside can not hurt you
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In loving memory of Yvonne Sullivan. Although I miss you every day. I think about you in every way… I wish people knew about the right to choose… To stop the violence, we have so much to lose…
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We love you! R.I.P. you live on through me! Stay strong! Be powerful!
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I stand for my sisters that say no… no… no! Be strong for your sister’s sister… Your children’ children… So brave… so respected… say it sister… that you won’t be a victim… but a model hero… a textbook person… a phenomenal woman… that is who you are… I stand… be strong… I stand for you… a phenomenal woman… that is who you are…
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I’m a survivor
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Anyone can make a difference, anyone can be strong!
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My silence didn’t mean yes. Shadows of Health took the pledge. Shadows of Health supports me and you.
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Chrissy B. your strength inspires me!!
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Thank you for having the strength to fight back and live for brighter days.
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Share your story, save a life.
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My “no” egged him on but my fists kept him off. Defending myself when will “no” be enough?
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Passive bystander, not my fault
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You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may tread me in the very dirt but still like dust, I’ll rise.
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It’s not your fault! You said no! He drugged you. It’s happened to too many of my friends. It must stop!
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SBELL love RPAGE
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Took my only a child could innocence… Trust as I did. Only a monster could. Robbed me murder a child of my soul.
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He was supposed to be my friend.
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I’m here and I’m going to live my life feeling unashamed.
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Hear me roar, I am no longer under your spell.
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“And one day, I will have a body that has never been touched by you and for that, I can’t wait.”
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You don’t have control over me anymore.
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It’s time to love myself again, so I’m going to set myself free.
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We will not be silent any longer, it’s time for us to take back the night! – Syracuse U 2021
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“Like a whisper in the wind, I’ll be heard by someone until I become so loud that nobody will be able to ignore me. I will survive this.”