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USD Hosts Clothesline Project to Raise Awareness of Violence and Abuse

Four shirts that have been submitted to the USD Clothesline Project. They are pink, orange, grey and yellow. USD is hosting a Clothesline Project to raise awareness of the impact of violence and abuse and to honor survivors.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Clothesline Project will be on display April 19-23 in the Richardson Olson residence hall lounge on the university’s campus to raise awareness of the impact of violence and abuse, to honor survivors and to provide an avenue for them to break the silence that often surrounds their experience.

The Clothesline Project is a nationwide initiative created to raise awareness of the experiences of victims and survivors of sexual and domestic violence, assist in the healing process for people who have lost a loved one or are survivors of violence, educate and raise awareness of the problem of sexual and domestic violence, and provide a nationwide network of support and information for other communities starting their own Clothesline Project.

USD students, faculty and staff can participate in the program by designing a shirt. Kits are available for pick-up in the Richardson Olson lounge April 12-16 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The deadline to submit a shirt for the project is April 16.

Shirts are color coded to show the form of violence and whether the victim survived the violence they experienced.

  • White represents people who have died due to violence.
  • Yellow represents battered or assaulted victims.
  • Pink represents survivors of rape and sexual assault.
  • Green represents survivors of incest or child sexual violence.
  • Purple represents those who have been attacked because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Black represents those who were permanently disabled as a result of violence or who were abused because of a disability.
  • Grey represents survivors of emotional, spiritual or verbal abuse.
  • Red represents missing and murdered Indigenous women.
  • Orange represents allies who want to support any survivor or victim as well as bring awareness to end sexual assault and domestic violence.

For more information or questions about the project, please reach out to Cat Hosford at or 605-658-6295.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News