T-shirts ranging in many sizes, colors and letterings were hung on campus Nov. 13 as part of the Clothesline Project. Creating A Rape-free Environment for Students (C.A.R.E.S) hosts the event every semester. About 800 T-shirts have been created by Chapman students, faculty and staff throughout the years, being placed near the Attallah Piazza and throughout campus. This year, fraternities helped set up the project in the early morning, including Delta Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Gamma Delta, Delta Sigma Phi and Pi Kappa Alpha. The Alpha Gamma Delta sorority also helped set up.
The shirts read statements such as, “I was raped, but I am still whole,” “Keep your hands to yourself,” “No means no,” and “You tried to break me, you failed.”
“Having it up gives people voices,” said Dani Smith, Chapman’s sexual assault crisis counselor and C.A.R.E.S. coordinator. “Every shirt represents a real person who has been impacted either personally or a family member.”
Emily Meade, an actress who supports sexual advocacy, was on campus Nov. 13 for a climate of consent discussion that C.A.R.E.S. hosted. The event took place in Memorial Hall.
The purpose of the event is to “bring out the hidden epidemic of interpersonal violence and sexual assault,” Smith said.