El Tendedero/ The Clothesline

El Tendedero/The Clothesline is designed to expose the extent to which sexual assault– regardless of race, socioeconomic status, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity – occurs in Indiana

“El Tendedero/The Clothesline” is based on an art installation first presented by Mexican artist Monica Mayer in Mexico City in 1978. The installation transforms a clothesline – a symbol of a traditional feminine role – into a forum for conversations about violence against women. Participants are invited to anonymously answer one or more questions on pink (pastel green,  pastel yellow, off white, and white may be used as well) postcards that are hung on a clothesline stretched across a space. Postcards include such questions as, “Have you ever experienced violence or harassment? What happened?” and “Where do you feel safe? Why?” Nearly 100 Hoosiers have already written postcards summarizing their sexual assaults. We will collect more of these cards throughout the year and use them to illustrate the prevalence of sexual assault in Indiana.

In addition to educating Hoosiers on the prevalence and nuances of sexual assault, the initiative will provide survivors who want to participate an opportunity to share and/or witness stories of assault. Community resources and support services will be available at every event. More than 1.5 million Hoosiers report being raped or sexually assaulted, according to the Indiana State Department of Health. And each year, many of the people who are responsible for those crimes are not prosecuted due to weak state laws.

Women4Change and the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault & Human Trafficking are determined to lower the number of sexual assaults in Indiana and strengthen state laws around this issue. They will do so with support from the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and a growing list of 28 organizations that include the Coalition of 100 Black Women; the Eiteljorg Museum; Herron School of Art and Design; Indianapolis Women’s Chorus; Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Institute at IUPUI; and La Plaza. Join our effort by attending an event, sharing your experiences, or speaking up in support of our mission.

The facts surrounding sexual violence are astounding.  Join us throughout the state at these various events as we raise awareness and cultivate change.



We invite you to participate in the project by clicking here and filling out the online postcard. Your answers will be printed out and created into postcards to be used for display. If you would like to participate, please complete the postcard by Feb. 15, 2020, in order for them to be displayed at the Indiana Statehouse in March 2020.

All individuals regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression are encouraged and invited to complete a postcard.  Answers will be anonymous.