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Published:February 3rd, 2010 22:40 EST
Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

Stop the Violence: Bringing awareness of abuse against women and girls

By Mimi A.

Vagina Monologues: Reach out for those who are silenced.

Stop Violence Against Women

Returning for their third year under the support of the V-Day organization, V-Day Petaluma, organized and produced by Trisha Almond, will be producing two different shows for 2010.  The first show will be held at the Pelican Art Gallery on February 26th and 27th titled A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer directed by Joe Peer.  The second show will be a return of last year`s sold-out performance of: The Vagina Monologues, directed by Maureen Studer and performed at the Petaluma Community Center on March 13, 2010. 

Each volunteer is deeply committed to reaching out to women and girls who cannot, or who are too afraid to do it themselves.  One very dedicated spokeswomen for the V-Day cause was the Haitian Feminist Leader Myriam Merlet.  She brought The Vagina Monologues to Port Au Prince to raise awareness of violence against women and girls despite the conflict it might raise.  Unfortunately, her efforts ended on the day of the Haiti Earth Quake, but her spirit will continue on in each female that she touched along the way.

Violence against women and girls occurs every day all over the world, including to females you may know.  One quiet Monday night in January 2010, a Petaluma woman named Buapha Mullennix, 36, was shot in her home by her husband.  Prior to this incident Buapha had mentioned to coworkers that her husband was becoming abusive, but she was too afraid to go to the police; she leaves behind two daughter`s 10 and 18.  The cast of The Vagina Monologues, V-Day Petaluma division, has chosen to dedicate both March 13 productions to her memory. 

To show your support, buy tickets, or volunteer for this year`s events please go to: http://www.vdaypetaluma.org.  The Petaluma community campaign also set up Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/V-Day-Petaluma/124132073455?ref=ts and Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VDayPetaluma.  To find a V-Day community, college, or high school campaign near you visit the main site: https://www.vday.org.    

Please reach out, show these women and girls that they are not alone, and encourage them to get help.  With our collective efforts and support we can show them they too can live in the positive after a violent crime.