Tuesday, February 07, 2006

V-Day Happenings

I mentioned V-Day in a previous post on domestic violence resources. The organization's website provides an explanation of V-Day, which falls on Valentine's Day and is intended to raise awareness and resources for the prevention of violence against women and girls.

Locally, Vanderbilt will be staging a production of The Vagina Monologues on Feb 14 & 15 at 7PM at Ingram Hall to benefit the Domestic Violence Hardship Fund (tickets are $12). Volunteer State Community College is also performing the show on Feb 14 at 12:30 pm and 7:30 pm in Wemyss Auditorium to benefit HomeSafe of Gallatin. MTSU is supposedly hosting an event as well, but I couldn't find the details on their website. You can find events in other locations by viewing the "V-Campaigns" page. And yes, the script sometimes says "vagina" when what is meant is "vulva," but it's for a good cause, people.

While looking for details on these events, I found out about these additional local resources:
  • Rape & Sexual Abuse Center - located in Nashville and Clarksville, the Center's stated mission is to "Help people heal from the effects of rape and sexual abuse and reducing risk through community education"
  • Project Safe - housed in the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, this is Vanderbilt's campus effort to educate about, prevent, and respond to sexual assault, abuse and stalking.
  • Ujima House - "focuses on the needs of women and their children, who are victims of domestic violence"
  • YWCA of Nashville Domestic Violence program - the YW operates a shelter and crisis line, and provides other domestic violence-related support
  • Survivors Against Violent Environments - transitional housing and support for women of faith

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