Breaking the silence about domestic violence

"She lay there. Only a few more tears, no, at least he doesn't hurt her no more. Right." The dialogue is emotional and provocative as these women rehearse their dramatic poems and monologues for their upcoming production of "Breaking the Silence, Hear Her Speak" The poems are original; and all deal with the issue of domestic violence. "Never again sisters will we re-victimize those previously hit by saying, you should have left Instead of, baby you left," said poet Amber Nicholson. The monologues deal with the pain, and shame of abuse, and even the desire for revenge the victim sometimes feels. They drew from their friends, family, and even their own experiences. "And the longer you keep it inside, and the longer it festers inside. You become somebody that you were never meant to be. You're never able to become your full potential, because it takes away your soul," said poet Dee Dotson. Dotson's work also delves into the area of child abuse. "I am left to pick up the pieces that you tore all apart. I am left with facing the fact that I never ever told a soul. Even though it's over, it's like you're still in control." The women say their effort is about realizing that victims of domestic violence can recover; and blossom to their full potential in life. Breaking the Silence, Hear Her Speak will be presented October 22nd at The Complex. Money raised from the production will go to the YWCA Abused Women's Services. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, get help. Call the YWCA's crisis hotline at 725-4277.