By: Taylor Rose
The University of South Carolina's Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention program kicked off its Clothesline Project on Greene Street for students to express emotions and learn more about sexual violence.
One student, who requested to be anonymous, says she has had experience with it and she wants to raise awareness to show it is not just women saying sexual violence happens to get attention.
SAVIP representative Kristin Tanner says raising awareness is especially important here because South Carolina is second in the nation for women who lose their lives due to relationship violence.
Sexual violence awareness is important because both men and women are affected. Earlier this semester, Dr. Raja Fayad was shot and killed on campus by his ex-wife.
USC student Jamal Gardner decorated a shirt to show his support for healthy relationships.
"I made this shirt that says don't be a statistic. Stand up, men and women alike. If you see something, intervene," Gardner says.
The decorated shirts will be displayed on clotheslines April 13th on Greene Street.
SAVIP has 24-hour, on call services to help students, faculty, and staff. Services include medical assistance, legal assistance, and temporary alternative housing.