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A Make-up Lesson No Women Should Have to Learn



  • Females ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence than any other age group
    – at a rate almost triple the national average.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 female high school students report being physically and/or sexually
    abused by a dating partner.
  • Among female victims of intimate partner violence, a current or former boyfriend or girlfriend
    victimized 94% of those between the ages of 16-19.
  • Between 1993 and 1999, 22% of all homicides against females ages 16-19 were committed by
    an intimate partner.
  • 58% of rape victims report being raped between the ages of 12-24.
  • Half of the reported date rapes occur among teenagers.
  • Nearly 25% of 14-17 year-olds surveyed know at least one student who was a victim of dating
    violence, while 11% know multiple victims of dating violence. 33% of teens have actually witnessed
    such an event.
  • 81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t
    know if it’s an issue.
(from Clotheslineproject.org)

If you are the mother or grandmother of a teen, and you haven't had a conversation about dating violence, now is a good time.


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I saw you
today
as you guided
your little man across that busy street.

You were wearing some
big man boots
and
watching cars and lights.

Your little man had on
black sneakers and
a Mickey Mouse hat
that bounced
as he walked.

He wasn't watching nothing but
your big man boots
and
the white stripes of the crosswalk.

Just before
he got to the sidewalk again,
his step bounced a bit
- he hopped over
a spot where the asphalt broke.

You turned to look,
holding out a hand to
your little man.
Not rushed or angry,
just making sure
he got up
on that sidewalk.

Then you walked on,
in your big man boots,
face into a cold Michigan wind,
with the little man behind,
his hat bouncing.