Domestic violence victim in Alexandria to tell her tragic story

Yvette Cade

Yvette Cade, a woman of  immense courage whose tragic story of survival has stirred the hearts of millions, will tell her story Thursday, April 30 at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.

NextSTEP of Central Louisiana is presenting Cade and a two-act musical drama, “Shelter From My Storm,” which is the story of the desperate journey of a woman and her children from the oppression of an abusive relationship into a life of independence and fulfillment.

Cade will also share her story of Oct. 10, 2005, when her estranged husband arrived at her worksite, doused her with gasoline, and set her on fire. She suffered third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. In the years that followed, she has endured multiple surgeries, and will continue to require more in order to cope with the physical consequences of this horrific crime.

She has become a powerful symbol of survival and a vocal advocate for victims of domestic violence. She offers hope to battered women who are struggling to leave vilent relationships; she offers advice and guidance on how to stay safe during and after leaving these relatinships; and she offers herself as a survivor and positive example of someone who is making a difference.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

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