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Redwood Falls Gazette
  • Clothesline Project coming to Redwood library

  • A collection of 37 t-shirts is going to be hanging in the Redwood Falls Public Library starting Aug. 15 as part of a project raising awareness to the issues of domestic violence.
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  • A collection of 37 t-shirts is going to be hanging in the Redwood Falls Public Library starting August 15 as part of a project raising awareness to the issues of domestic violence. While the number itself is significant, what brings the project closer to home are recognizable names. Among those killed as a result of domestic violence in 2013 were Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke. Shirts honoring their memory are going to be hanging in the library. Known as the Clothesline Project, the effort to bring attention to the realities of domestic violence began in Massachusetts in 1990 when women in that area decided it was important to memorialize those who had been killed and to help others see just how much of an issue domestic violence is. The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women began the Clothesline Project in Minnesota in 1992. Denise Kerkhoff of the New Horizons Crisis Center said she has been hoping to bring this traveling display to the Redwood area for some time, adding the local connection made this a good time for it to come. 
    According to Kerkhoff, the Clothesline Project display is going to be at the library through Aug. 21 and is then going to be moving to Renville where it is going to be on display during the golf tournament honoring Kara Monson and Chris Panitzke at Stoney Creek Golf Course. That event is scheduled to be held Aug. 23, with proceeds being used for future domestic violence assistance in the surrounding area. “Last year was a tough year in Minnesota,” said Kerkhoff. The Clothesline Project offers that somber reminder of the realities of domestic violence, and Kerkhoff said it also helps people see this is not just an issue that is happening elsewhere. Domestic violence is an issue that impacts women, children and men, said Kerkhoff, adding the impact of seeing children’s t-shirts as part of the Clothesline Project is very moving. The Clothesline Project display at the library is being sponsored by the New Horizons Crisis Center, and Kerkhoff said those who would like to bring a group to the library and hear more about the issues of domestic violence can request a presentation from her. Those who are interested are encouraged to contact Kerkhoff at (507) 637-5570, or one can send her an e-mail at crisis@newulmtel.net. More about the project can be found online at www.mbcw.org. All are encouraged to visit the Clothesline Project display, and Kerkhoff said even older elementary aged children can take something away from seeing the display. If you are someone who is in need of help or you know someone in need contact the New Horizons Crisis Center.

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