Voices were heard during Four Freedoms Week

Photo by Brian Boye
Photo by Brian Boye

By Brian Boye, Staff Writer

The Clothesline Project marked the start of Four Freedoms Week at Fisher, running from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4, which raised awareness for sexual assault.

Shirts were hung on Oct. 29 in LeChase Commons, with Dr. Lisa Cunningham as the host of the event. Fisher students, faculty and staff were all allowed to participate in making a shirt.

Cunningham said, “We need to create instead a culture where rape victims are supported and believed, one where victims don’t feel silenced.”

The Four Freedoms are freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. They were originally explained by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as the four universal freedoms that should be guaranteed to all people. The Clothesline Project ties directly to freedom of speech and freedom from fear.

This year the event occurred during a wave of sexual assault allegations in Hollywood.

“More and more survivors are refusing to remain silent, refusing to be stigmatized, refusing to feel ashamed for what has happened to them,” said Cunningham. “Speaking out about the truth of what has happened is empowering for many who have experienced sexual assault.”

On Nov. 2 Cunningham hosted ‘Speaking Out Against Sexual Violence,’ the final event of Four Freedoms Week. A representative of RESTORE Sexual Assault Services discussed resources available for survivors of sexual assault.

Since 1990, the Clothesline Project attempted to raise awareness about sexual assault by communicating to others that they are not alone. It began in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and has spread to 41 states and five countries.

Four Freedoms Week is an event hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs.

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