St. Cloud VA to host Clothesline Project

As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, the St. Cloud VA Health Care System is hosting a Clothesline Project on April 22-24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, in the VA Auditorium (Bldg. 8), on the St. Cloud VA Medical Center campus.
The Clothesline Project at the St. Cloud VA is a method for those affected by military sexual trauma, sexual assault, and sexual abuse to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. Shirts are then displayed on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of military sexual trauma.
According to Joy Finkelson, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at the St. Cloud VA, The Clothesline Project is a program started on Cape Cod, Mass., in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women.
Veterans’ organizations have donated shirts and these are available to Veteran participants free of charge. Veterans may decorate or pick up a shirt to decorate on March 25 and 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and March 31, April 2 and 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Building 28, Room 59, at the St. Cloud VA.
All shirts intended for display should be returned to the VA by April 15. Drop-off locations include the Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Montevideo, Alexandria and Brainerd, and the front desks in Building 1 and Building 111 at the St. Cloud VA.
Shirts will also be available for decoration in the VA Auditorium April 22-24, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., during the display period. Those decorating shirts will remain anonymous.
For more information regarding MST please contact Joy Finkelson, Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, at 320-252-1670, ext. 6398.