In fact it is estimated that of all women killed in 2012, almost half were killed by intimate partners or family members. HALF!! Hopefully this leaves you a little breathless, because its terrible!
Since 2010 I have been involved in the movement V-Day. Its a movement about women, for women and by women. In 2010, 2012 (in Eugene, OR) and 2013 (in Sacramento, CA) I performed in the V-Day produced play written by Eve Ensler called The Vagina Monologues. In it, I and casts of amazing women from all walks of life joined together on stage and read powerful, moving, and heart wrenching stories from REAL WOMEN and their experiences both good and bad simply living as a woman......about their vaginas. I am not in the show this year, but I am part of the logistics crew putting it together and I am just as excited to see this show as I am every year. My husband is also a HUGE fan!
So what is "The Vagina Monologues"? People hear the word Vagina and assume.....well I don't know what they assume. But what if I told you that if you saw the show you would laugh, and then you would cry maybe in the same breath. I can tell you that one minute you are thinking to yourself "Yeah, women unite, stop the violence!" and then the next minute you will be shocked at what some women have survived to talk about.
It is provocative
It is risque
It is unique
It is funny
It is sad
It is moving
Don't be afraid of the word Vagina. Don't be afraid of this kind of feminism. We need everyone behind a movement that protects the women we love right?
Last year I finally admitted that I was a survivor of domestic violence. Not everyone knew this truth about me......after years of pretending, pushing it to the past and trying to hide the embarrassing truth. I finally stopped taking the blame and said the healing words out loud. I am a survivor.
(read my blog here) Surviving-and-Thriving
V-Day is a movement that not only gives a VOICE to women to speak out against the horrors and truth of violence against women. It is a global movement determined to END violence against women by raising money and awareness, helping local shelters and outreach programs who work to protect and counsel women who have survived it and educating our communities about this horrible reality and how we can do our part to make it STOP.
OK, heavy stuff right? This is depressing!
But seriously, we all have mothers, some of us sisters, daughters, aunts, friends.......we have someone who has been or could be affected by this at sometime in their life. So how do you help you ask?
- Buy a ticket to a show and have fun night out. Tickets are $20 and 100% of the ticket proceeds go back to local communities. Most local areas have a show, just look for them! Buy a ticket to the Sacramento show
- Don't want to go to a show? Buy a ticket and donate it. There are ticket donations available to send women who can't afford to go. Call me, I will connect you!
- Donate to the local V-Day organization Donate local
- Make a corporate donation or become a sponsor, advertise on the show program that will be read by hundreds of show patrons in the Sac and surrounding area.
- Educate yourself - learn about this movement - learn about local agencies
- V-Day Global
- Sacramento beneficiaries
I am passionate about this movement. I am raising boys who will contribute to the change that is needed.
By just taking the time to read this, you are already part of the solution.
Until the violence stops