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  • 1. The Clothesline Project Stopping Violence Against Women One Shirt at a Time.
  • 2. Putting up the Clothesline
    • According to the Men's Rape Prevention Project in Washington DC, 58,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam war. During that same period of time, 51,000 women were killed mostly by men who supposedly loved them.
    • In the summer of 1990, that statistic became the catalyst for a coalition of women's groups on Cape Cod, Massachusetts to consciously develop a program that would educate, break the silence and bear witness to one issue - violence against women.
  • 3. Putting up the Clothesline
    • Doing the laundry was always considered women's work and in the days of close-knit neighborhoods women often exchanged information over backyard fences while hanging their clothes out to dry.
    • October of 1990 saw the original Clothesline Project with 31 shirts displayed on a village green in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Throughout the day, women came forward to create shirts and the line kept growing.
  • 4. What the colors mean…
    • Most of our shirts follow the following color scheme. However, sometimes colors are picked because that color was important to the evnt of abuse
    • White represents women who died because of violence;
    • Yellow or beige represents battered or assaulted women;
    • Red , pink , and orange are for survivors of rape and sexual assault;
    • Blue and green t-shirts represent survivors of incest and child sexual abuse;
    • Purple or lavender represents women attacked because of their sexual orientation;
    • Black is for women attacked for political reasons.
    Girls making shirts at their school in Etosha, Namibia, Africa Women getting ready for shirt-making in Etosha, Namibia, Africa
  • 5. Creating the Clothesline of NDM
    • Introduction to Women’s Studies, Class of 2010
    • Each of us comes away with a new understanding of how violence affects women and how our choices can make the difference in how we deal with that violence.
    • Every Introduction to Women’s Studies class spends four weeks going to MCIW (women’s prison) working with as many as twenty-five inmates to make shirt.
    • In the Spring 2010 Intro to Women’s Studies class we helped 18 women make shirts at MCIW to stop the violence and heal wounds.
    • This year the Intro to Women’s Studies class started a new section of the NDM Clothesline Project, the Living Clothesline. We spent two hours touring campus as a mobile clothesline with shirts that gave statistics on many types of violence against women.
  • 6. The Violence
    • Stalking
    • Rape
    • Murder
    • Domestic Abuse
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    We can STOP the violence We will STOP the violence We must STOP the violence
  • 7. Stalking
    • What is Stalking? Any unwanted contact that communicates a threat or places the victim in fear. This communication could involve repeated visual or physical contact, verbal, written or implied threats, nonconsensual communication, or a combination of these measures.
    • Stalkers seldom “just stop.” In fact, behaviors can turn more and more violent as time goes on.
    • Three out of four women who were murdered by an intimate partner had been previously stalked by the killer.
    • Stalkers can be unreasonable and unpredictable. Confronting or trying to reason with a stalker can be dangerous.
  • 8. Know Your Rights to Say No
    • "NO" means NO.
    • "Not Now" means NO.
    • "Maybe Later" means NO.
    • "I’m seeing someone” means NO.
    • "No Thanks" means NO.
    • "You're Not My Type" means NO.
    • "*#^+ Off!" means NO.
    • "I'd Rather Be Alone Right Now" means NO.
    • "Don't Touch Me" means NO.
    • "I Really Like You But ..." means NO.
    • "Let's Just Go To Sleep" means NO.
    • "I'm Not Sure" means NO.
    • "You've/I've Been Drinking" means NO.
    • SILENCE means NO.
    • "__________ " means NO.
  • 9. “ That Joe, I swear he’ll be the death of me…”
    • Rape and
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Murder and
    • Physical Abuse
    • Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group, at a rate almost triple the national average.
    • In a study of gay, lesbian, and bisexual adolescents, youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as youths involved in opposite sex dating.
    • 58% of rape victims report being raped between the ages of 12-24.
    • 45% of girls know a friend or peer who has been pressured into either intercourse or oral sex.
    • Between 1993 and 1999, 22% of all homicides against females ages 16-19 were committed by an intimate partner.
    • In 2004 of the reported 1159 women were killed by domestic partners.
    • A third of all women's injuries coming into our emergency rooms are no accident. Often they occur over and over until the woman is killed.
    • Approximately one-third of the men counseled for battering are professional men who are well respected in their jobs and in their communities.
  • 10. Oh, to have had a childhood…
    • Child Abuse
    • Child Sexual Abuse
    • More than 80 percent of abusers are a parent or someone close to a child. Child abuse is far more likely to occur in the child's home than in a day care center.
    • In 2005, an estimated 3.3 million reports of alleged abuse and/or neglect involving approximately 6 million children were made to local child protective services (CPS) agencies across the country.
    • The U.S. Advisory Board reported that near fatal abuse and neglect each year leave "18,000 permanently disabled children, tens of thousands of victims overwhelmed by lifelong psychological trauma, thousands of traumatized siblings and family members, and thousands of near-death survivors who, as adults, continue to bear the physical and psychological scars.”
    • One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused by an adult at some time during childhood.
    • A study in three states found 96 percent of reported rape survivors under age 12 knew the attacker.
      • 4 percent of the offenders were strangers,
      • 20 percent were fathers
      • 16 percent were relatives
      • 50 percent were acquaintances or friends.
    • The National Resource Council estimates the percent of the U.S. population which has been sexually abused to range from a low of 20-24 percent to a high of 54-62 percent of the population; the higher estimate includes sexualized exposure without touching.
  • 11. Break The Silence We can STOP the violence We will STOP the violence We must STOP the violence