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Quilt display conveys victims' emotional turmoil

7/3/2009 —

Every year, Penn State Beaver Campus Library displays "The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness Quilt," created by women and children from the Beaver County Women's Center. The quilt project began 12 years ago and serves as a visual display to remember women and children who have been victimized by violence, and to create an awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. Each square on the quilt depicts a victim's emotions -- fear, anxiety and guilt along with hope and desire for a healing process.

"Our library proudly places it on display every spring and summer, as well as two showcases full of thought-provoking materials," said Penn State Beaver Campus Library Head Marty Goldberg. "In 2004, we were recognized by the shelter for our support and assistance to the center for our annual display of their quilts, which are replaced every few years with new ones."

The quilt will be on display through August.

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