We are the founders of the Clothesline Project grassroots movement. The original Cape Cod Clothesline, started in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 with 30 shirts and a demand that survivor’s voices be heard.
Decorating t-shirts and hanging them on a project’s clothesline allows viewers to bear witness to the pain and devastation of domestic violence and sexual abuse while providing survivors and their loved ones with another step in their healing process.
The National Network, facilitated by the Cape Cod Clothesline Project, maintains a database of local projects numbering in the hundreds. It also provides connection and information, where possible, to those who want to participate or organize in their local areas.
The Cape Cod Clothesline continues to conduct classroom education for students and teachers as well as displays and programs for the general public. This tiny “seed” planted in the fall of 1990, has grown into a provocative national movement.