Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

New Violence Prevention Organization at Albertson College Coordinates "Clothesline Project" Week of April 28

2003. 04. 21.

CALDWELL, ID- SAVE the FROG, a new student organization at Albertson College that advocates for violence education and prevention, will coordinate an event called "The Clothesline Project" the week of April 28.

For the project, a clothesline will be hung up in the McCain Student Center on the Albertson campus. The clothesline will be filled with t-shirts decorated to represent the experiences of victims and survivors of violence. The goals of the project are to help in the healing process of survivors and victims of violence, to educate society about the problem of violence and to provide a network of support for communities that want to start their own violence prevention and education groups.

The first Clothesline Project occurred in 1990, and it is now a national event that is sponsored by NOW, the National Organization of Women. Many communities, universities, and advocacy groups all over the United States participate in their own Clothesline Projects.

The first word of the organization, SAVE the FROG, is an acronym for Students Against Violence for Empowerment. The second word alludes to its sister organization, the local violence prevention group A Frog in a Pot. Both organizations are advocate groups dedicated to education about violence, including relationship violence, workplace violence and violence among platonic friends.

Becky Maher, one of the coordinators of the group and the project, wanted to start SAVE the FROG at Albertson because she wanted to give students an active roll in preventing violence.

'Violence is not limited to one sector of life; it's ageless, faceless, and sexless,' Maher said. 'It's something that touches everyone's lives, so it's important to raise awareness and education about the problem of violence.'

For more information, contact Becky Maher at rmaher@collegeofidaho.edu.

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