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.

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