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V-Day
May 31, 2010

Statistics for sexual assault - as well as the results of - are horrifying to say the least and, at the same time, it often feels like no one cares. I feel that people should be screaming down the street, throwing tantrums in stores and stopping traffic. Men, women and children everywhere should be stopping their lives to not just take notice, but to take action. V-Day is one of the only organizations that isn't just reacting to the facts, we are actively trying to change them. Training at other centers focuses on dealing with the after affects of sexual assault, whereas V-Day is a grassroots movement aiming toward community organization and unification to stop sexual assault from occurring in the first place. They encourage and try to cultivate leadership and ownership of one's own voice and intuition via numerous avenues including theater, film, and most importantly, open and honest communication. They provide training, have high level executives communicating directly with grassroots organizers, and encourage positive individual futures while still knitting a powerful, forward-thinking community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my every day interactions. Just casually talking about my involvement provides me with nearly daily encounters of women in need of healing and empowerment. These very same interactions feed my sense of civic duty and dedicate me further to our cause.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

build and strengthen relationships between organizers in order to stay true to the goal of building a global community and to better effect change. I would also add 'continuing education' to truly utilize the volunteers to their maximum potential.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting others who are as passionate about this issue as I am.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

concerned, grateful, supportive and encouraging.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

develop feasible, long-term plans to reduce all types of violence internationally, and change our world.

Ways to make it better...

there was just a touch more guidance, such as a regional contact or ongoing education for people who want to do more but need an umbrella to work under.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

coordinating the army they have built.

One thing I'd also say is that...

V-Day has saved many lives and peoples' sanity, including my own.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I attended the Vagina Warrior training in 2006, organized 3 events ("The Vagina Monologues" twice, and "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer" once), produced 4 events, performed in 5 events, volunteered at Eve Ensler's appearances in San Francisco,.