When I bring up the issue of sexual violence, the facts are always where I start. 209 adult men and women reported their rapes in Austin, Texas last year. 645 children were reported as molested, and these are just the reported statistics. Sexual abuse is the most under-reported crime globally. The Austin Police Department has stated that roughly 80% of the actual sexual violence never gets called in. In this piece of art, I carved the logo for Wings of Courage out of a piece of wood. I then cut a map of Austin, Texas and glued it down, then painted it red for courage. Each large nail represents an adult that was raped in Austin and each smaller nail represents a child that was molested. I chose to use nails to represent forced penetration. Nailing each victim into the map shows that rape happens in East Austin just as it happens in West Lake. It does not matter if you are black, white, brown, purple or pink, or if you live in a wealthy or poor zip code, sexual violence is likely to be occurring in your neighborhood right now. The final element of this map is the dove’s duality. Things seem to be beautiful in our city, but the violence is hidden between the cracks. I chose to thread all the nails together with red string to represent the victims’ common past. The gaps that are created represent all of the unreported cases, emphasizing everyone who has either been silenced, ignored or is not ready to speak out. My intention is to raise awareness about sexual violence, with every art piece on the blog. Every person affected by sexual abuse and silenced is a bleached out star hanging over the city, but with strings to connect one another the constellation of this epidemic can light the way to healing.