October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and NOVA Sexual Assault Services (SAS) held the Clothesline Project at the Annandale Campus. The Clothesline Project is a clothesline of shirts that bears witness to the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault. Staff, students and community members are invited to create shirts to show support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. NOVA SAS hopes to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and dating/partner violence.
For two days, members of NOVA’s community created several unique and supportive messages on T-shirts. One student created a shirt stating “We are all in this together, Give a hand,” another said “It’s not always a stranger, no means no!” The turnout for the Clothesline Project was incredible, roughly 75 shirts were created.
NOVA SAS is a free, confidential service that offers support to all members of the NOVA family, including students, faculty, staff and their immediate family members. If you or someone you know is dealing with cases of sexual violence, dating violence or stalking, reach out to NOVA SAS via the free, 24-hour cell phone at 703.338.0834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.