Bay Pines VA to Display Clothesline Project during Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Bay Pines VA to Display Clothesline Project during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 12, 2019

BAY PINES, Fla. – The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System will display a Clothesline Project in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 30, 2019, from 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the courtyard between buildings 100, 1 and 111 at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center. The clothesline is a visual display that raises awareness of Military Sexual Trauma, sexual assault and sexual abuse. To “break the silence,” male and female Veterans have designed shirts that reflect their experiences of sexual trauma and recovery.  The first Clothesline Project was hosted in 1990 to make statistics “come to life” and to convey, in a powerful way, the impact of sexual violence. The Clothesline Project display is open to the public. Click here to access a campus map and directions.  

About one in four women and one in eighty-five men have told their VA healthcare providers that they have experienced sexual trauma in the military. Every VA Medical Center has a MST Coordinator who can refer treatment services and other resources. More information can be found here.  

For questions about this event, please contact Bay Pines MST Coordinator Lisa Shoemaker, LCSW, at 727-398-6661, extension 17170.  

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing nearly 4,300 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is one of the largest VA health care systems in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations.

The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. To learn more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vabaypines.