Sidewalk Chalk Art Offers Messages of HopeSubmitted: 04/24/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

RHINELANDER - The Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault wants to raise awareness. It held the second annual chalk walk in Downtown Rhinelander today.

But this sidewalk chalk art had special meaning.

"We invite people to come out and decorate the sidewalk with messages of strength and hope, pictures that represent healing and the belief that victims do not have to be victims, they can be survivors," says Shellie Holmes, Tri-County Center Executive Director.

The council offers advocacy and shelter to anyone in an abusive situation they want out of.

The problem affects more people than you may think.

"Chances are that everyone knows someone, or has themselves, had an experience that wasn't ok with them. So we're hoping to raise awareness. We're hoping that if a victim is walking by they will know that we're talking about them and know that they don't have to suffer in silence; that there is healing," says Holmes.

The Council will hold a re-naming event for its domestic violence shelter Saturday. The open house is from 10:30 AM to 2 o'clock, and the re-dedication is at 11 AM.

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