Teen hopes award-winning artwork helps cure Rockford’s domestic violence issues

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A Rockford teen is using art to raise awareness of domestic violence in the stateline.

Mirium Yeum received a First Place aware at Thursday night’s “Shining Light” ceremony, which offers encouragement to survivors of domestic violence, held at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4848 Turner Street.

Yeum’s drawing depicts a young boy crying as his parents fight behind him.

The words underneath the picture read “Without Realizing It.” Yeum says the drawing took her three days to complete.

She says she thought about how domestic violence would impact her family as she created the artwork.

“I just think about my sister. If my sister gets hurt by this violence, it would be very sad for me. So, I think about that and then I drew this picture,” she said.

Yeum says she hopes her art inspires people to think abut how their actions could effect their family members.

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