April is both National Sexual Violence Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. One organization is using art to help raise awareness.
The Collins Center in Harrisonburg, formerly known as Citizens Against Sexual Assault, is hosting its 12th annual Sexual Violence Awareness Show.
The display features works from all over the community, and this year it honors the life of the late Cindy Minter, a local community member who was a survivor of sexual violence and who used art to work through the healing process.
Prevention specialist Angie Strite says the event is a unique way for people to express themselves.
"It's not something that people like to talk about," says Strite. "So hopefully this art show is one way to get people involved and interested in knowing what they can do to make a difference in this issue in our community."
The official opening of the display is Friday in conjunction with the Museum and Gallery Walk and First Fridays in Harrisonburg.