April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but it’s a 365 day-a-year problem
Following on the heels of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” CSU Monterey Bay students continue their campaign to end sexual violence against women with three performances of “The MENding Monologues.”
Both a bookend and male response to Ensler’s play – which has been produced at CSUMB for 12 years – Derek Dujardin’s production borrows the monologue format, featuring stories of how men are affected when violence is waged against women.
Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on April 19, 20 and 21 in the Black Box Cabaret. Tickets are $8 for students, $10 for everyone else. Driving directions and a campus map are available here.
"The MENding Monologues" is one of several events at CSUMB to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Month, raise public awareness of the issue and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent it.
How pervasive is the problem?
The National Institute of Justice found that about 1 in 5 women and 6 percent of men are victims of sexual assault while in college. According to data collected under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Crime Statistics Act in 2009, college campuses reported nearly 3,300 forcible sex offenses. (Source: United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights)
Other events include:
• April 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Quad: Flag Day, when a flag will be placed in the ground every 5.7 minutes to represent the number of sexual assaults in the U.S. Staff members from the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center will be present to provide information and answer questions.
• April 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Main Quad: Denim Day, when women are urged to wear jeans with a purpose, as a sign of protest against the myths surrounding sexual assault