by Ashley (age 14)
Statement from her mother: I am a survivor of a date rape incident (sexual assault) and a survivor of a physically abusive marriage and about 3 1/2 years ago I was going through a dramatic separation and finally got divorced over 2 years ago. Since then my ex-husband and I have a better relationship. But at that time is when my daughter at the age of 12 did this painting for me. The painting is of a woman that has this expression on her face and her hair is blowing in the breeze. It reminds me of where I was at that time and how far I have come. I even think it could be an expression of how she was feeling at that time. My daughter was expressing something in her painting.