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Sexual Violence Survivors Make Glass Art at Take Back the Night Event

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Friday, some survivors of sexual violence got together to break a little glass, make art, and heal at the same time in Charlottesville. This concluded a week of Take Back the Night activities at the University of Virginia.

Organizers say, like glass, the human spirit can be fragile, but there's also strength in reassembling yourself and overcoming trauma.

During Friday’s activity at The Glass Palette, survivors of sexual violence were able to break glass, arrange the pieces, and then wait as extreme heat gradually molded what once was broken into a piece of art.

"The idea of being able to see something that is in pieces become part of a whole and something beautiful that you'll treasure,” said Claire Kaplan, director of sexual/domestic violence services at the Women’s Center.

Take Back the Night at UVA can unearth feelings in victims that may have been buried. Campus leader Nia Bentall says this concluding activity symbolizes the healing process.

"If you think breaking glass, you think violence. And you can build them back together again and you can make something beautiful,” said Bentall.

“Any kind of trauma is difficult and there's a lot of struggle to recover but recovery is definitely possible and the person that emerges on the other side is often stronger, knows him or herself even better and is more resilient than before,” said Kaplan.

Workshops on raising awareness, meditation and other types of relaxation took place Friday. To learn more about the women’s center, click here.

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