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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Break The Silence We can STOP the violence We will STOP the violence We must STOP the violence