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T-shirts hung at Ohio University Southern raise awareness for domestic violence.

T-shirts hung at Ohio University Southern raise awareness for domestic violence.

Clothesline project highlights domestic violence awareness

The messages on the T-shirts say it all: “Love shouldn’t hurt.” This week these decorated shirts with messages condemning domestic violence will decorate the hallways at Ohio University Southern-Ironton Campus with their special mission.

“We are raising awareness of domestic violence, which impacts all of us, no matter race or gender,” Robert Pleasant, coordinator of diversity, at OUS, said.

Pleasant and student worker Justin Fleming spent Monday morning hanging the shirts as part of the nationwide clothesline project.

The project began on the East Coast 25 years ago where women who may have experienced domestic violence or wish to raise awareness decorate the shirts that are then publicly displayed in October, which is domestic violence awareness month.

At OUS students, staff and faculty participate in the design work.

“Whoever wants to make them,” Pleasant said.

Tonight at 6 p.m. at Bowman Auditorium the Lawrence County Domestic Violence Task Force will host an event to honor domestic violence victims and raise awareness of the issue.

There will be a balloon launch, a speaker from the attorney general’s office and a performance by the Paramount Players.