MASON CITY | A wall of teal "bricks" emblazoned with messages of hope and courage was built in Willowbrook Mall on Wednesday.
The cardboard wall was part of the Writing on the Wall project, which allowed survivors and their families to write statements of support or share messages they believe need to be heard about sexual assault.
It's the first of several education events planned for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Mason City.
The events are designed to spur discussion about the impact of sexual assault, said Shannon Roberts, sexual assault advocate for Cerro Gordo County.
"It does affect all aspects of the survivor's life and their family members," she said.
Other events this month include:
• Cup of Prevention -- Every Thursday in April members of Crisis Intervention's sexual assault team will be at Cabin Coffee in Mason City from 8-9:30 a.m. to talk with patrons. The company will donate $1 for all brewed coffee purchased during those times.
• Clothesline Project -- As with Writing on the Wall, those who have witnessed violence are able to decorate a T-shirt from 1-7 p.m. April 19 at the Willowbrook Mall. Shirts will be displayed on a clothesline.
• Take Back the Night walk -- The awareness walk will be held immediately after the conclusion of the Clothesline Project, or about 7 p.m. April 19, starting at the Willowbrook Mall. The short walk through the neighborhood with be escorted by local law enforcement, with glow sticks and signs provided.