POSTED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:20am
UPDATED: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 5:34pm
Edinburg, TX (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — It's an alarming statistic: one in four women in the U.S. have experienced domestic violence, this is why students and staff at UTPA took part in the Clothesline Project.
Dr. Caroline Miles of UTPA says, "Year after year it proves there is more violence in our community than people are actually aware of."
The shirts were easily visible to those walking on campus, as many of them also took part to create their own messages to address this problem.
Javier Cantu is a student at UTPA, he took part in designing a shirt during the campaign and he says, "A lot of violence goes unreported a lot of people feel embarrassed if they were victims."
Sadly, domestic violence doesn't discriminate and it affects the children who witness it, women of all backgrounds, and even men.
On average more than three women a day are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends in the U.S.
Some of the shirts which were displayed had stories written on them from the actual victims themselves, advocates also took part to design their own shirts too.
UTPA students and staff were able to hang over 100 shirts during this event.