When are shirts hanging from a clothesline art? When they are part of the Clothesline Project.
The shirts in Arlington’s Clothesline Project were created by Arlington teens to raise awareness about domestic and teen dating violence. The shirts are on display at the Department of Human Services, 2100 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA.
Teen Dating Violence Facts
•Teen dating violence runs across race, gender, and socioeconomic lines.
•Both males and females are victims, but boys and girls are abusive in different ways:
•Girls are more likely to yell, threaten to hurt themselves, pinch, slap, scratch, or kick
•Boys injure girls more severely and frequently
•A comparison of intimate partner violence rates between teens and adults reveals that teens are at higher risk of intimate partner abuse.
•Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any age group – at a rate almost triple the national average.
•1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
•Between 1993 and 1999, 22% of all homicides against females ages 16-19 were committed by an intimate partner.
•Youths involved in same-sex dating are just as likely to experience dating violence as youths involved in opposite-sex dating.
•Nearly one-half of adult sex offenders report committing their first sexual offenses prior to the age of 18.