INDIANAPOLIS — There is a new initiative to give a voice to rape and sexual assault survivors.
The groups 'Women 4 Change' and The Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault are calling the project 'The Clothesline.'
It's based on an artwork that transforms a clothesline into a forum for discussion on sexual violence. It features postcards with personal stories from victims. The cards will be collected and shared with lawmakers.
Organizers hope the emotional connection will lead to stronger state laws when it comes to prosecuting sexual assault.
"To the survivors who share their stories on these postcards and to those who simply aren't ready to do so — please know that we stand with you," Tracey Horth Krueger, with the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, said. "To the lawmakers, we stand ready to work in partnership with you to reduce those statistics. We simply must."
According to the State Department of Health, more than 1.5 million people in Indiana report being raped or sexually assaulted.
Over the next year, you'll see art exhibits, writing workshops and many other events related tot he clothesline project.