(Photo courtesy of Regis Violence Prevention Program)
By: Rose Ferrie, Staff Reporter
This year’s annual V-day was a thought-provoking presentation comprised of art, music, readings, and some knowledge seeking guests. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness about violence against women and girls and to raise money for The Delores Project.
The beginning of the program was an art show exhibiting subjects like the female body, abuse victims, as well as other on theme pieces of art. Then the crowd proceeded to the back of the chapel; it was time for the poems and short stories. The verbal presentations in the first half were dark and grueling; their contents discussed rape, loss of self, sexualizing women, and more. We entered the second half of the program with slightly more hopeful stories; the narrative shifted to the strength of women, owning our bodies, we create life, we are unbreakable, and the atmosphere of the chapel changed. This event concluded with a beautiful song and an optimistic outlook for the future.
All the money raised from this program are going to The Delores Project. This organization provides safe, comfortable shelter and personalized services for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness.
Big thank you to the coordinator of VPP Jalisa Williams and all who were involved in putting on this event, the message was artfully portrayed and a powerful lesson was learned by the audience. Be sure to attend some more of VPP’s events over the course of the semester, I expect they’ll all be just as well done and fun.
Upcoming Regis Violence Prevention Program Events:
March 14: Survivor Panel (Main Hall, 333 6-8pm)
March 29: Project Denim (Mountain View Room, 7-9pm)
April 25: Consent Carnival (The Quad, 11-2pm)