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.
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.