According to a National Institute of Justice & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, one in four women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
In 2008, Colorado domestic violence agency staff and volunteers answered 46,780 crisis intervention calls, a 20% increase from 2007.
According to 2008 Liz Claiborne research study, one in four “tween” say dating violence is a serious problem for their age.
85,000 rapes were reported in Colorado in 2010, yet an estimated 60% of rapes go unreported.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is going to be part of an important project that starts this Saturday, Oct. 29th.
We are collaborating with MidChix & MadHens, a social enterprise promoting the well-being of women & girls, on the Colorado Clothesline Project.
This event will bring together hundreds of girls (6th grade and older) and women throughout the community to create a compelling T-Shirt art exhibit acknowledging the existence and effects of widespread violence against women and girls in our society, along with efforts to break that cycle via education and empowerment of our generation as well as the next.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. (A program on domestic violence will be given by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver from 10-10:45 a.m.)
The hundreds of completed shirts will be part of a public art display in the South Gaylord Street neighborhood in Wash Park from Nov. 4th-6th. A public unveiling of the display will take place on Nov. 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, Denver.
This isn’t the first time Colorado Girl Scouts have been part of this important conversation in our community. View the public service announcement one of our Colorado Springs Girl Scouts (also a Generation Wow! Girl Scout), Rebecca Nelson, created on this subject for TESSA to earn her the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this last spring.
For more information on the Colorado Clothesline event, including how you can participate, visit our website.