Under cloudy skies, volunteers were busy Saturday afternoon installing panels of the Monument Quilt on the verdant Federal Hill Park lawn.
Walkers and tourists paused to read the emotionally wrenching messages — numbering in the hundreds — from survivors of rape and sexual abuse from across the country that are written on squares sewn into the multicolored and textured quilt.
"I was scared, hiding my emotions away, hidden behind a mask that fooled people for years. I tore away the mask & began my long journey on the road to recovery. I may fall along the way but I will get there!" wrote one survivor.
Another wrote, "I was 4 years old. You stole my...