Following on the heels of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” CSU Monterey Bay students continue their campaign to end sexual violence against women with three performances of the “The MENding Monologues.”

The MENding Monologues will be performed at CSUMB March 13-15Both a bookend and male response to Ensler’s play – which has been produced at CSUMB for 13 years – Derek Dujardin’s production borrows the monologue format, featuring stories of how men are affected when violence is waged against women.

Using first-person monologues, sketch comedy and poetry, men take the audience on an emotional and educational roller-coaster ride through relationships and gender issues to create a healing experience.

This is the third year “The MENding Monologues” has been staged at CSUMB. Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on March 13, 14 and 15 in the Black Box Cabaret, located at Gen. Jim Moore Boulevard and Inter-Garrison Road, behind the Health and Wellness Center.

Tickets are $7 for CSUMB students and $10 for everyone else. Driving directions and a campus map are available at csumb.eu/maps. For more information, contact Christopher Siders at csiders@csumb.edu

“The MENding Monologues” is one of more than a dozen events at CSUMB to commemorate Women, Gender and Justice month. Find a complete schedule here.

How pervasive is the issue of violence against women?

The National Institute of Justice found that about one in five 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: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights)