Exhibits focus on sex assault

Art, projects planned to promote awareness and offer information

April 15, 2001

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Anne Arundel County is sponsoring several community outreach projects designed to promote awareness and provide information for victims.

Among them is "Breaking Silence," an interactive, multimedia art exhibit that addresses the secrecy and shame associated with sexual assault. Anne Arundel Community College is co-sponsoring the free exhibit, which is open to the public at:

The Anne Arundel Circuit Courthouse museum room, Church Circle, Annapolis, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow through Friday.

Anne Arundel Community College cafeteria, on the Arnold campus, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 and 24.

Glen Burnie District Courthouse, 7500 Ritchie Highway, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 and 26.

Counselors from the Sexual Assault Crisis Center will be on hand at each site. Visitors younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult.

Anne Arundel residents who are survivors of sexual assault have created their own art exhibition, "The Journey: Beyond Silence, Voices of Healing and Hope," co-sponsored by the center and AliKat Studios. It will be shown from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 27 in the lobby of the Maryland State Teachers' Association offices at 140 Main St., Annapolis.

Organizers are still accepting work for display in the exhibit, in which artists can show a work anonymously. For information, call Laura Mathisen or Heather Sherbert at the center, 410-267-8741.

In addition, educational displays with brochures are set up at Glen Burnie Mall through April 30 and at Arundel Mills, in the North Arundel Hospital storefront, through April 20.

The county's Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Anne Arundel County - a program of the nonprofit Family & Children's Services of Central Maryland - provides services to victims of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. It offers a 24-hour hot line, 24-hour hospital accompaniment for victims, community education on sexual assault, advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, and counseling.

For information on services, call the center at 410-267-8741 or the hot line at 410-222-7273.

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