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Planned Play To Honor Victims Of Domestic Violence
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Kristin Keeling
Reported: Jan. 14, 2012 6:39 PM EST
Updated: Jan. 14, 2012 6:50 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
If a picture tells a thousand words, then a future play may tell even more. Now a Charleston woman is starting a play to honor the victims of domestic violence.
Cynthia Wilson is spearheading the future play titled, Battered But Not Broken. For Cynthia, the words and actions of the play cut deep. Her friend Starlena Pratt died after being set on fire by her boyfriend, Allen Rhodes in 2008.
Also in 2008, her niece, Nalisha Gravely was murdered by Desmond Clark, shot to death in the West Side Taco Bell.
"It hurt me deeply that it happened to her and I felt the sense of responsibility because I had not come forward and said anything concerning by abuse. And I felt somewhat responsible that had I come forward...maybe others wouldn't have suffered what I did. And she paid the ultimate price," said Cynthia Wilson.
But she's coming forward now as are several other women who also have their own story of domestic violence to share.
"This is a platform to raise awareness of how women can get out...you can get out," explained victim of domestic violence and actress, Diane White.
"People can say they understand, but until you walk in a victim's shoes then I don't think you can understand the impact it can have on you for life," says victim, Sandra Calloway.
Women and men uniting to tell a story, meant to change the life of victims of domestic violence. They're hopeful the victims will find a way out because to them there's always hope and there should be no more heartbreak.
"Something has to change and if we can do that in a creative way, then I'm all for that. I have a gift to write and I'm going to do that to the best of my ability and help a lot of people," said Wilson.
Open auditions continue into Sunday at the Kanawha Players Theater.
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