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V-Day Movement to Sweep Through Berea

V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and young girls will be celebrated on campus March 4 - 8. Every year, thousands of college campuses participate in V-Day events to raise money for local abuse shelters. Berea will be one of more than 3,800 colleges in the nation to celebrate V-Day. The week's events will include a documentary and two performance pieces.

The documentary, “Until the Violence Stops”, will be shown on March 4 at 7 p.m. in the commons of Woods-Pennimen. The film chronicles how Eve Ensler's hit Broadway solo show, "The Vagina Monologues" grew into V-Day. The documentary also features interviews with both famous and everyday women and their encounters with violence. The performance of “A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer” will be held on March 7 at 7 p.m. in Baird Lounge. The climax of the week comes in a student performance of “The Vagina Monologues" which is scheduled for March 8 at both noon and 8 p.m. This performance will also be held in Baird Lounge.

“The Vagina Monologues”, written by Eve Ensler, is a critically acclaimed production that has been performed at thousands of colleges and theatres across the nation. The production began as a one woman show but has since become an all-star event featuring such performers as Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey and Melissa Etheridge. Ensler worked to turn the phenomenal success of her play into the V-Day campaign which has raised more than $50 million for local anti-violence groups across the nation.

V-Day is sponsored this year by several student organizations and community partners. There are also several students performing in the two productions. Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) has decided to take part in the event as well. Michael King, the president of MARS, explained, "MARS' purpose is to promote a healthy and safe campus community by acting for the prevention of sexual violence; promoting awareness about resources for victims of sexual violence; providing educational activities about sexual assault issues, including and representing the diversity of the community; and encouraging Berea College students to stand up against rape and sexual assault. The V-Day campaign is more than an accommodating opportunity to get our message to this community and do it in a different way."

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