Valentine's Day Performance Seeks to Stop Violence Against Women
February 16, 2005 12:45 PM
Monday’s rainy weather did not stop S.A.F.E. Place and The Women’s Center from performing a skit inside the Cesar Chavez Center in celebration of V-Day. The skit broadcasted useful information for students on dating violence and sexual assault.
Inspired by Eve Ensler’s award winning play “Vagina Monologues,” V-Day is celebrated internationally each Feb. 14 and raises awareness for the global effort to end violence against girls and women. To help promote the effort on campus, S.A.F.E., which stands for sexual abuse free environment, and the Women’s Center used the skit as a role-playing performance that college students could relate to.
The format of the skit was a dating game show consisting of three male contestants, Frederick Roots, Arnulfo Casarez, Megan Parkinson (Parkinson played a male part), and a female contestant played by Najma Nurriddin. Roots and Parkinson acted out the role of chauvinist and egotistical men. Casarez played an open-minded, and respectful man.
When asked what he looks for in a girl, Casarez said, “I want a woman who is educated and acts on her beliefs.”
Roots’ answer to the question ‘Before getting intimate do I have the right to change my mind?’ was “Don’t start something you can’t finish.”
The second half of the skit was an interactive trivia question game where members of the audience received Valentine’s Day candy and free condoms for answering questions correctly. The answers to the trivia questions revealed vital dating violence statistics including; “ a person in the United States is raped every 7 minutes,” and “1 in every 6 women is a victim of an attempted rape.”
The purpose of the dating game was to teach students what is right and wrong when dating. The Women’s Center also wanted to reinforce that hearing “no” means “no” when you are on a date.
Along with free candy the S.A.F.E. Place was handing out flyers with “A Dating Person’s Bill of Rights.” Some of these rights are ‘I have the right to feel safe and be safe on a date and in a relationship,’ and ‘I have the right to set limits and have them respected.’
S.A.F.E. is located in room 205 of the student services building. The S.A.F.E. Place is a student organization that offers sexual harassment advising, counseling, and peer education on sexual assault and domestic violence.
“Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to raise awareness of what rights you have and what principals you must adhere to when dating,” said Nuriddin, a volunteer at the Women’s Center. “Violence happens on Valentine’s Day.”
“I think that the majority of men and women are not aware of what their rights are on a date,” Roots said, “I am a longtime supporter of the Women’s Center.”
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