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Vagina Monologues to Help Awareness of Domestic Abuse

Bethlehem, Pa. February 10, 2012—The sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha will host “The Vagina Monologues” on Sunday, February 12, at 2:00 p.m., in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. The event will be a part of V-Day, which is a growing movement internationally to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery, in over 120 countries. The program will feature monologues from a number of students and other members of the college community.

V-Day is a non-profit corporation that distributes funds to grassroots, national and international organizations and programs that work to stop violence against women and girls. The 'V' in V-Day stands for Victory, Valentine and Vagina. The performance is specifically targeted to helping women and girls in Haiti and Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. The Vagina Monologues made its debut in 1994, after it was written by Eve Ensler, who’s a playwright and activist. The play was based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women about the important issues. It ran on Broadway, and sub sequentially ran all over the United States, becoming a worldwide hit, as countless women identified with it around the world, sharing their own stories about abuse. Ensler started V-Day on Valentine’s Day 1998 as a way to combat violence against women. The inaugural V-Day raised over $250,000 in one evening.

V-Day stages large-scale benefits and produces innovative gatherings, films and campaigns to educate and change social attitudes towards violence against women.

Tickets are $5. Vendors and a silent auction will be available at 1:00 p.m., doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the performance begins at 2:00 p.m. The Haupert Union Building is located near the corner of Monocacy and Locust Streets in Bethlehem, Pa.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact Kathi Roman at Katro@moravian.edu or 610 625-7880.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.