Children's National Hosts Fourth Annual Youth Anti-Violence Exhibition

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Local teens create T-shirt artwork for the Clothesline Project to raise awareness of violence and abuse

Violence has a tremendous negative impact on our children. The emotions expressed through the Clothesline Project serve as a powerful reminder that we have a responsibility to give all of our children the care and respect that they urgently need.

Children's National Medical Center's Teen Life Clubs and New Horizons unveiled the fourth annual Clothesline Project event and exhibition, featuring T-shirt artwork designed by youth who have been affected by violence or abuse.

"Violence has a tremendous negative impact on our children,” said Allison Jackson, MD, medical director of the Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children's National. "The emotions expressed through the Clothesline Project serve as a powerful reminder that we have a responsibility to give all of our children the care and respect that they urgently need.”

Artists include members of Children's National's Teen Life Clubs. Each of T-shirt displays an anti-violence message, in honor of National Child Abuse Awareness Month. The exhibition aims to raise awareness about the reality of violence against teens, and about the widespread impacts of violence not just on the victims but on those around them as well. The gallery also features artwork from the DC Rape Crisis Center youth program titled "Who Would You Tell?"

The Clothesline Project is an initiative, started in 1990, that has grown to include 500 projects nationally and internationally. The emotional gallery at Children's National is on display until June 25, 2010 at the main hospital building.

Teen Life Clubs are empowerment programs for 11–14 year olds sponsored by the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. These clubs help youth develop individual strengths and build life skills by using a curriculum that focuses on adolescent health, volunteerism, violence prevention, and career exploration.

New Horizons is the arts education and cultural enrichment program at Children's National. New Horizons provides bedside instructional activities in visual arts, literature, music, dance, movement, puppetry, and story telling.

The Child and Adolescent Protection Center at Children's National is the only such center in the District of Columbia with a team of health professionals dedicated to victims of child abuse and their families. The center treats more than 1,300 children annually from the District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions, and serves more than 1,800 children annually through its participation in the District of Columbia's Multidisciplinary Team on Child Abuse.

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Contact: Jennifer Leischer/Paula Darte at 202-476-4500.

Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children's has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children's National is consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. For more information, visit http://www.childrensnational.org. Children's Research Institute, the academic arm of Children's National Medical Center, encompasses the translational, clinical, and community research efforts of the institution. Learn more about Children's Research Institute at http://www.childrensnational.org/research.

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