Student Health Services displayed more than 200 T-shirts painted by students on Greene Street Wednesday in an effort to promote violence awareness.
The display itself prompted some students, like third-year visual communications student Denishia Macon, to jump in and lend a hand.
“I think it’s awesome. When I read about it online, I thought it was a great way to boost awareness about violence,” said Macon, who just began putting up shirts randomly to help out.
Macon said she would be interested in getting more involved next year.
The shirts displayed were color-coded for different types of violence. Pink was for sexual assault, yellow was for relationship violence, blue was for childhood abuse, white was in remembrance of those lost to sexual assault or relationship violence and purple was for hate crimes.
Red shirts, which are specific to USC, were for male survivors of violence and men’s expression of intolerance for violence. There was a larger number of male participants this year than in the past.
The projectis a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and part of a national campaign that started in 1990. It is a “visual effort for speaking out against all violence,” said Michelle Eichelberger, an interpersonal violence coordinator in Student Health Services.
“We supply the shirts and the paint, and we only ask them to supply their creativity and their time,” Eichelberger said.