October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Livingston County provided (2010) a candle-light vigil that also included a presentation by artist and educator; Lilith Dorr, at the Howell Opera House.
When you first walked into the Opera House, you were greeted with a full-room presentation that takes you through the life of Lilith Dorr. Her presentation is titled “The Thirteen Ladies: An Epic Journey of a Survivor.” Each section chronicles a certain time period of her life starting with her birth. She weaves you through 13 stations that explains her life in and out of abuse with visual displays and written stories.
Her story is real and her way of communicating brings not only the sadness of abuse, but the joy of freedom-from-abuse, into a life where she’s free to be content with herself. She states in her letter that , “By giving form to the 13 ladies, I was able to take ownership of my memories.” She also describes the healing that she gained by putting this wonderful artistic piece together. This letter was available for viewers to take home.
Lilith Dorr’s artistic presentation, also referred to as a Public Outreach Exhibit, provides hope to those who have not taken the step to become free from abuse, and for those who recently have. It also helps those not in an abusive relationship know what it’s like for those who are. This can only help bring awareness and compassion to the epidemic of child abuse and domestic violence.
For a video of The 13 Ladies, go to: http://www.vimeo.com/7466635
Resources concerning abuse:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Mordecai Project