2015-08-28 / Community

Caring Unlimited seeks stories

In observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, Caring Unlimited will present performances of the third annual Survivor Stories Project. Volunteer readers present anonymous stories of abuse written by local survivors. Caring Unlimited is seeking poems, essays, or stream-of-consciousness style pieces of writing describing abuse and violence local people have experienced. In order to include as many stories as possible in the performances, writers should keep their entries to approximately one page in length. The identities of authors will remain confidential and will not be published anywhere in order to preserve privacy and safety.

Eileen of Wells, who attended the 2014 Survivor Stories Project in Kittery, said, “This was a rare opportunity to hear the stories of survivors when most of the time we hear the stories of those who don’t survive, as revealed in the headlines and news stories of the victims of domestic violence.” The 2015 performances will take place in a variety of locations across York County in October, and will be announced on www.caring-unlimited.org when confirmed.

The deadline for submitting stories is Monday, Aug. 31. To enter a story by mail, writers can send it to “Survivor Stories Project 2015, Caring Unlimited, PO Box 590, Sanford, ME 04073.”

Email submissions will also be accepted at agenest@caring-unlimited.org. While Caring Unlimited will strive to include all stories in the performances, time constraints may prevent organizers from achieving this goal.

To learn more about the Survivor Stories Project, or to become a volunteer reader, email Amy Genest at agenest@caring-unlimited.org or call 490-3227, ext. 110.

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