CARE addresses monologue issue
Letter to the Editor
CARE and the Womyn's Center at Saint Mary's are very sorry to bring you the news that our administration has refused to support a performance of "The Vagina Monologues" this semester. We have been informed that under no circumstances are we to perform this play and we'd like to apologize to all those who were looking forward to seeing it. We'd also like to thank all the students, faculty members and administrators who have supported us either last year or at the "speak out" this year.
For those who are unfamiliar with "The Vagina Monologues" and the V-Day College Initiative, it is a nationwide movement to take a stand against violence toward women. The play was written by Eve Ensler and is a compilation of thousands of women's experiences all over the world. Neither Ensler nor the V-Day College Initiative receives any compensation for our performance. All proceeds are donated to the local charity of our choice. Last year, we raised more than $1,000 for Sexual Offense Services, a local organization whose mission is to help women overcome the pain that results from the many forms of sexual violence perpetrated against women. More information is available at www.vday.org.
And though we cannot perform the play this year, we are still committed to the mission set forth by the College Initiative: to stop all forms of sexual violence against women. We know that both of our campuses are likewise committed to this mission and we thank you for all the supporters who attended CARE's "Take Back the Night" and the various CARE meetings throughout the year.
As a final note, we'd like to thank all those students, faculty and staff who voiced their opinion, whether in support or opposition, about the effect The Vagina Monologues has had on our campuses. To those who have not yet spoken out on this issue, please do not let your voice go unheard.
The Officers of Saint Mary's CARE
senior, Annunciata Hall
senior, LeMans Hall
January 31, 2001
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