Artwork of sex assault victims on display in W.Va.

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WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - An art exhibit designed to help sexual assault victims is on display in Wheeling.

Much of the display at the Centre Market was produced by victims ranging in age from 3 to 15 years. They are part of a support group from the nonprofit Upper Ohio Valley Sexual Assault Help Center. Some of the artwork also was submitted by adults, who were given the opportunity to discuss the project during counseling.

Help Center director Linda Reeves says trauma victims were encouraged to submit drawings, writings, paintings and photos. She says the artwork allows them to express their often hidden and overwhelming emotions.

The Art Heals exhibit is on display through March 31.

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