Dozens of different colored t-shirts hung on the north end of the quad for a few hours Monday.
They were part of a national movement called "The Clothesline Project."
Each short is handmade with messages of support and strength for victims and survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and other forms of abuse.
The project was held at Illinois State by F.L.A.M.E. (Feminist Led Activist Movement to Empower) in conjunction with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Group president Charlotte Adams told WMBD 31 the event's goal was to give people a silent way of speaking out about their painful experiences.
"It's definitely an outlet on their path to healing, and it's a way for them to speak out, but still kind of be anonymous and have that mode of privacy," she said.
F.L.A.M.E. is also hosting a "Take Back the Night" event on campus Monday night.
It's for all people to come to the Prairie Room in the Bone Student Center at 7 p.m. to speak publicly about their experiences with sexual assault and domestic violence.