It's a unique art exhibit that's built on supporting victims of sexual assault as well as awareness in the community, and it opened on Friday.
The Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center announced this exhibit called "Art Heals" at Wheeling's Centre Market. A lot of the display features art created by victims of sexual assault ranging from age 3 to 15.
Adult survivors of sexual assault also submitted their work and got to discuss their healing process. U.S. Attorney Bill Ihlenfeld was there as well as employees from S.A.H.C. to support these victims and show the public that it is a problem that the community needs to be aware of.
"Anything we can do to help raise awareness about sexual assault, to make the public aware that it's still a problem in the community and to help empower victims, is something we want to be a part of ," said Ihlenfeld.
"It's a way for the clients that we serve at the sexual assault help center to express some of the emotions and feelings that they've been dealing with as a result of being impacted by sexual violence. Raise awareness in the community about the impact of sexual violence ," Outgoing director of SAHC Linda Reeves said.
This is the third year of the S.A.H.C. exhibit and although Reeves announced her departure from her current position, she will still be working to help children at the Child Care Resource Center. If you'd like to see the display, "Art Heals", it will be at Centre Market until March 31.