Sonoma State University's Vagina Monologues club raised $8,500 with its performances this semester to support sexual assault awareness.
With the dedication of 38 Sonoma State students the club donated the proceeds from three sold-out performances at Sonoma State to Verity, is a nonprofit dedicated to educating the community about and ending sexual violence.
Each year, a group of Sonoma State students put on a theatrical performance of the Vagina Monologues that encourages an end to sexual violence. The club encourages the campus community to get involved in the V-Day movement by participating in the annual performance or attending the show each year.
The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, originally premiered in New York City in 1996. The production, performed at universities across the nation, serves as part of the global V-Day movement to end violence against women. The movement, inspired by theatrical production, was founded by Ensler in 1998. Since the play's theatrical debut, it has been performed in more than 45 different languages and in more than 120 countries.
Verity is located in Santa Rosa and works to prevent sexual violence with counseling, advocacy and education in the community.