BIDDEFORD — The Survivor Stories Project will be presented Thursday to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The one-time performance, hosted by Caring Unlimited, York County’s domestic violence resource center will be presented at at 6 p.m. at Engine Gallery, 128 Main St., Biddeford. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The stories to be shared were written by survivors of domestic abuse and collected by Caring Unlimited. Organizers say they will be read by a cast of volunteers from the local community, and the authors will remain confidential.

“For survivors, writing their experiences can be a powerful part of the healing process, and for others to hear these true stories, in the survivor’s own words, raises awareness about the reality and prevalence of the abuse our family members, friends and neighbors experience here in York County,” said the agency’s spokeswoman, Emily Gormley.

The Survivor Stories Project has been met with praise from authors, volunteer readers, and audience members.

“What a beautifully thought-through, powerful evening of sharing and bearing witness! The stories I heard and the one I shared will stay with me. They are a real call to action for us all to do better by one another,” a volunteer reader told the agency.

Nationally, October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In York County throughout the month Caring Unlimited will host a number of events and educational opportunities.

For more DVAM events visit: www.caring-unlimited.org.


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