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Exhibit addresses issues of abuse

In an effort to raise awareness of abuse, an Austin Peay State University student will present an art exhibit that explores the subject.

There are many forms of abuse that happen every second of every day, said Jennifer Dressler, a senior at APSU. It can be emotional, physical or sexual. Whatever the forms of abuse, the effects are long lasting and invade every aspect of a victims life.
In an effort to raise awareness of abuse, an Austin Peay State University student will present an art exhibit that explores the subject.

“There are many forms of abuse that happen every second of every day,” said Jennifer Dressler, a senior at APSU. “It can be emotional, physical or sexual. Whatever the forms of abuse, the effects are long lasting and invade every aspect of a victim's life.”

Dressler, who will graduate in December, will open her show, titled “Among the Shadows,” at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4 in the Trahern Gallery. The exhibit also will be available for viewing between 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Dressler said the exhibit “may be uncomfortable and even disturbing” for some people, but the need for people to understand better the issue is far greater.

“My show addresses the emotional issues that remain for years or even a lifetime after the abuse has ended,” she said.

For more information about Dressler's exhibit, contact Professor of Art Cindy Marsh by telephone at (931) 221-7349 or by e-mail at marshc@apsu.edu. -- Melony Leazer