Human Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project originated in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1990 when members of Cape Cod's Women's Defense Agenda learned that during the same time 58,000 soldiers were killed in the Vietnam War, 51,000 U.S. women were killed by the men who claimed to love them. The Clothesline is made up of t-shirts created by survivors of violence, or created in honor of someone who has experienced violence. It is a powerful witness of the violence many live with. The project began with 31 shirts.
T-Shirt Colors and what they represent:
White: People who have died as a result of violence.
Yellow: Survivors of physical assault and/or domestic violence.
Pink: Survivors of rape or sexual assault.
Blue: Survivors of incest or childhood sexual abuse.
Purple: People attacked due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Black: People attacked for political reasons.
Did you know?
One in three female murder victims and 1 in 20 male murder victims are killed by intimate partners. (NCADV)
One in three women and one in four men have been physically assaulted by an intimate partner. (NCADV)
Every 98 seconds, a person is sexually assaulted in the United States. (RAINN)
Every eight minutes, child protective services substantiates, or finds evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse. (RAINN)
One in five college students fear for their physical safety due to their gender identity or their perceived sexual orientation. (National Gay & Lesbian Task Force)
During the twentieth century, an estimated 191 million people lost their lives directly or indirectly as a result of political violence; well over half of them were civilians. (WHO)
On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the U.S. (NCADV)
More than 40 percent of dating college women report experiencing abusive behaviors from their partner. (NCADV)
Nearly three out of four victims of stalking know their stalkers in some capacity, they are most commonly current or former intimate partners. (NCADV)
Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime. (NCADV)
Only 34 percent of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries. (NCADV)
One in five women are sexually assaulted during their college experience. (NCADV)
On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls. (NCADV).
Women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence, almost triple the national average. (loveisrespect.org)
Nearly 60 percent of college students say they don't know how to help someone who is experiencing dating violence. (loveisrespect.org)