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Sexual assault awareness exhibit

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Assault Awareness - Steve Schroeder, Washington High School art teacher, and Julie Schulenberg, Cherokee County Coordinator of CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault), put art work on display last week at the Sanford Museum. The art by WHS students deals with the trauma of sexual assault. Photo by Ken Ross
Sexual assault is not a subject people enjoy thinking about but it is a subject people must think about, according to Julie Schulenberg, Cherokee County Coordinator of CAASA (Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault). Sexual assault is the focus of the east gallery art wall for the month of April at the Sanford Museum.

Schulenberg said that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted by the time they are 18. She added that in the case of children, most sexual assaults are by someone they know, increasing the trauma of the assault and the likelihood of repetition.

Schulenberg, the Washington High School art department and the Sanford Museum are working together to promote sexual assault awareness.

Students in Steve Schroeder's art class were given sayings, quotes and poems written by victims of sexual assault to incorporate into art work. The art includes photography, painting and sculpture on display at the museum.

"The students didn't just regard this as an assignment they had to do. They were willing and interested, not only the girls but also the boys who I thought might not buy into it," Schroeder, the Washington High School art teacher, said.

"These are very thoughtful and moving works of art," Schulenberg said.

People are welcome to view the artwork anytime during regular museum hours. There will also be a coffee hosted by CAASA at the museum on April 20 from 2 to 4 p.m.

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