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Clothesline project shares powerful message about violence

| October 25, 2016

Clothesline for printCOSHOCTON – First Step staff and its student intern are pictured hanging up shirts that were part of The Clothesline project on display from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the court square. This annual display is First Steps way of recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness month and has been set up for at least 10 plus years. “We do this to make people aware,” said Stephanie Montgomery from First Step. “There are some powerful stories if you read them.” The shirts were created by people who were battered or assaulted, raped or sexually assaulted, survivors of incest or child abuse or were attacked because of their sexual orientation. Pillow cases on display were created by survivors of child sexual assault.  The color of the shirts represented what the people went through and the white ones were made by people who lost a loved one to violence. “We have quite a few of those (the white ones),” said Megan Philabaum from First Step. There were a little over 100 shirts on display and next year they know there will be at least 50 more added in honor of bullying prevention. “This lets you see how violence affected the victim and their family,” Philabaum said. For more on First Step and its services, call 740-622-8504.

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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