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True Survivor Stories

Tides of Change is celebrating 40 years of service to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Tillamook County. In April 2023 we will celebrate survivors and their incredible resiliency with a storytelling event.

True stories have the power to heal by helping survivors to stand in their own power and shine a light on injustice. True stories connect people with shared experience and raise awareness and empathy in a community. The courageous and generous act of sharing true stories can change the people who tell them and the people who hear them.

We are inviting survivors to share their true stories of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and/or human trafficking with the community. Stories can be spoken,read or performed by survivors or by volunteers if survivors prefer to remain anonymous. Survivor stories can also be in a variety of mediums, such as artwork, music, or poetry. Stories in Spanish and English are welcome. Last day for submissions is March 31, 2023.

Please see our FAQs below for more information. You can also  contact our executive Director Valerie Bundy at <> or 503.842.9486. 

Stories should be true, up to 8 minutes, and not include real names of other people. A written version of your story or poems may be read by a volunteer upon request. Music can also be performed at the event. Click HERE to go to our submission page. 

Last day for submissions is March 10, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and celebrating survivors in our community.



How, where and when do I submit my story?

Upload your written text (as a pdf), photos of your artwork, and/or video file of you performing your song or dance to our Submission Form.


What if I want to submit a piece of visual (painting, sculpture, etc) or performing art (song, dance, monologue) for consideration?

We will gladly accept visual and performing arts submissions. Artwork (painting, sculpture, etc.) should be no larger than 3 feet x 3 feet. Performance (songs, dance, monologues) should be no longer than 5 minutes long and be able to be safely performed in a space no larger than 5 x 7 feet.

I’d like to submit my story, but I don’t feel comfortable reading or performing it. Can someone perform it for me?

Absolutely. You can submit your work to the link above and mark the box “performed by”.

If you have someone you’d like to perform the piece for you, please add their name. If not, we can find a community volunteer to perform the piece anonymously for you. 

The story I’d like to share is not in English or Spanish. Can I still submit it for consideration?

Yes. Please submit a translation in either English or Spanish for the committee to review. If selected, we can make accommodations or offer translations in one of those languages. 

How can I submit my materials if I don’t have reliable or private internet access?

Contact our office to make arrangements. We can provide a computer for you to upload your materials and also record your submission to upload it for you. 

When is the last day to submit?

March 31, 2023.

When will I be notified if my submission is accepted?

Early April, 2023

Yay! I’ve been accepted. Now what?

Congratulations! The submission committee will be in touch about next steps. These will involve a performer welcome/orientation as well as a dress rehearsal so you can practice in the space. 

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