On behalf of the Pathways to VDay production team, I would like to share our excitement about an upcoming event being produced by Pathways for Change, Inc. (Pathways) and invite your support!
First, a little about us: Pathways is a community based feminist organization that has been serving the Commonwealth since 1973. As a result, Pathways has a long history of supporting survivors and providing education and outreach in our efforts toward ending sexual violence. Pathways provides free counseling services to all individuals impacted by sexual violence. This service includes both direct service provision to Survivors (and significant others) of sexual violence, (i.e. counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy accompaniment, information & referral), as well as prevention education services and training to professionals and paraprofessionals working throughout the Commonwealth.
In 2018 (as one of only three free standing rape crisis centers in Massachusetts) we will be honoring our 45th Anniversary Year – worthy of celebration! As we move toward our 45th anniversary, we want to bring VDay and The Vagina Monologues back to their grassroots. As a social service, social change agency who has been addressing issues of sexual violence for close to 45 years, we continue our mission and vision through the provision of services to 47 cities & towns across Central Mass. This makes Eve Ensler , founder of VDay, and Pathways meaningful collaborators on bringing awareness about the atrocities that women face locally, nationally and globally. The Vagina Monologues evening performance dates are scheduled for Friday, February 10th 2017. (in Worcester, MA) and Saturday, February 11th 2017 (in Fitchburg, MA).
Need Statement: Research estimates that on average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual violence each year in the United States, alone. Furthermore, much like veterans returning from the life-threatening experiences of war, 94% of women who are raped experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms during the two weeks following the rape. Of all the women, living just in the Worcester County area, more than 300 are FORCIBLY raped each year and the numbers of other forms of sexual assault, sexual harassment and stalking are much higher. In order for this inaugural Vagina Monologues event to be successful, we need your help! Please show your support through providing production sponsorship, donations and/or placing an advertisement in the play program.
Your financial support of The Vagina Monologues production program will help ensure Pathways will continue to build awareness and work towards our collective goal in ending all forms of sexual violence.
For more information on how you can advertise your program or business in the The Vagina Monologues program, please see the attachment. Also, please consider sharing this with your friends and colleagues.
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