NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The 12th annual Art Against Abuse exhibit at Hammond Museum drew hundreds on March 9 with its powerful message about dating abuse among young people.

Students at North Salem High School create art for the exhibit every year in memory of Elizabeth Butler, the 17-year-old North Salem High School senior brutally raped and murdered in 2005 near the Croton Falls train station by an ex-boyfriend who had been stalking her.

She was weeks away from graduating high school and had planned to attend SUNY Albany in the fall.

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Art Against Abuse was created in the wake of her death by her mother, Patti Butler, as a way to raise abuse awareness among students. The event serves as the cornerstone project of the Elizabeth G. Butler Angel Foundation.

Additionally, the foundation will hold a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 23, at North Salem High School, 230 June Road.