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A Group of Women Educate Through Monologues

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Presenters have been practicing reading the monologues to get ready for the weekend shows. Presenters have been practicing reading the monologues to get ready for the weekend shows.

This weekend marks the 12th annual "Vagina Monologues" presentation at the University of South Carolina. A group of women with a cause will gather at the USC Law Auditorium to present the collection.

The group seeks to end all violence against women. The "Vagina Monologues" are a collection of written by Eve Ensler, who interviewed women all over the country about their bodies and sexuality.

Director Kassie Mae Miller says the play continues to get the word out about these problems at USC. "The show goes on to raise awareness about domestic violence," says Miller.

The proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Women's Shelter of Columbia and the Sexual Trauma Service of the Midlands.

The Women's Shelter provides a safe refuge for about a dozen women who have suffered domestic abuse.

"We run on a shoestring budget so the money helps us support the women," says Kathy Riley, Executive Director of the women's shelter.

Director of Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands Ginny Waller says a woman is forcibly raped every 4 hours and 46 minutes in South Carolina.  She says Sexual Trauma Services does what they can to help women get back to a normal life.

Performances of the "Vagina Monologues" are Friday through Sunday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for general public at the door. There will be a silent art auction at 7 p.m. before every show.

 

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