By TRICiA MCCANN
Starting October 14, IU South Bend will set the scene for a fight against domestic abuse. Soon, walking to class will also mean walking by a display of t-shirts decorated by faculty and students for the IUSB Clothesline Project.
The project is led by Criminal Justice Professor Kristen Budd and Keegan Zoll with the support of student groups such as the American Criminal Justice Association, Lamdba Alpha Epsilon and Sister’s Assisting Sisters (S.A.S).
“At times, pervasive social problems like domestic violence can leave individuals at a loss on how to raise awareness or take action,” Budd said. “This project gives IUSB students a chance to break the silence about domestic violence. Many students have already designed shirts that are very inspiring, from siblings supporting their siblings for leaving abusive partners to students promoting violence free relationships. We also hope this project will help students heal who are survivors of abuse; to know that the IUSB community supports them.”
Students involved in the project are passionate about demonstrating against this cause.
“Domestic violence is one of my most serious issues,” said Brikayla Elae, president of S.A.S. “I do not agree with it whether it be for women or men, and I just feel like this is a different way of promoting it to women who will see it and it will promote awareness.”
There is still time for students to get involved and create a t-shirt of their own. The next two sessions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at Wiekamp Hall, room 2211, on Wednesday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 7.
The shirts will be on display between the IUSB sign and south to the sidewalk between the Administration Building and Wiekamp Hall, according to Budd.
The IUSB Clothesline Project can be found on Facebook.