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Tuesday, February 3, 2004

SU Commemorates V-Day With The Vagina Monologues

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University presents The Vagina Monologues Friday-Saturday, February 20-21, in the Wicomico Room at the Guerrieri University Center to commemorate SU’s second annual V-Day College Campaign, a movement to stop violence against women. Curtain is 8 p.m. Conceived by Obie Award-winning playwright Eve Ensler in 2001, V-Day represents a global campaign to raise awareness of violence against females. The program was named one of Worth Magazine’s “100 Best Charities.” More than 1,500 college campuses participate in V-Day each year. According to the “2000 United Nations Study on the Status of Women,” somewhere in America a woman is battered, usually by her intimate partner, every 15 seconds. According to National Campus Outreach Services, a rape occurs on each college campus in the United States every 21 hours. U.S. Bureau of Justice statistics show from 1993-1998, women ages 16-24 experienced the highest per capita rates of intimate violence at 19.6 per 1,000 women. Celebrated as the bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues celebrates female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery, giving voice to the fantasy and fears of many women. The New York Times hails the play as “funny” and “poignant.” The Daily News calls it “intelligent” and “courageous.” Proceeds from the performance benefit the Life Crisis Center and Safe House. For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.

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