Agencies partner for abuse awareness project

BRISTOL, Tenn. - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of this, the Crisis Center is partnering with Abuse Alternatives to organize the third annual Clothesline Project to honor women affected by sexual and domestic violence.

The Clothesline Project works to raise community awareness about the reality of violence, provide support and expression to survivors, provide information on how to identify and prevent sexual and domestic violence.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of shirts designed by survivors/friends of victims of sexual violence. Those who have experienced such violence will have the opportunity to express their feelings through the creation of t-shirts, which will be on display.

The display provides healing for survivors of violence and educates the public about the prevalence and impact of violence against women.

The event is April 13 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the State Street Mural Farmers Market at 810 State St, in Bristol, Tennessee.

Come enjoy local music and vendors, and make t-shirts that reflect your experience or the experience of a loved one.

The event is free of charge. Shirts and materials to decorate them are provided to the public.

Donations are appreciated and will go to the sexual assault program at the Crisis Center and to Abuse Alternatives.

This event will include performances by Guido Au'some, JP Parsons, Steve Gilbert, Allie Epperson, Mare Martell, Rita Newell, Rachael Siksay, Jimi Hall and Della McGuire.

Local food and merchandise vendors will be present to help support this important cause.

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