NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-In its 12th year, Art Against Abuse still delivers a powerful message about dating abuse among young people.
The annual event is held 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.
Each year, students in Grades 9-12 create the artwork during the month of February, which is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
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Kate Bartsch, a professor of fine art in the Department of Media, Communications and Visual Arts at Pace University, has been involved with the foundation since the beginning and is the curator of the event this year.