April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and it is important to keep in mind that sexual assault is happening whether we hear about it or not.
To boost awareness, members of the College at Florham community staged “The Vagina-Penis Monologues.”
Usually, “The Vagina Monologues” is performed with only women speaking. But Brittany Coleman of Phi Sigma Sigma decided to include men in FDU’s version.
“I wanted to include men’s monologues because I think that there is a lack of dialogue between men and women about issues of sex, relationships and rape,” Coleman said. “If men are able to have an open conversation with women and other men about these issues then there is a greater chance of both groups learning from each other.”
Coleman explained that the event was meant to promote knowledge about sexual health, raise awareness about sexual assault, showcase creative writing on campus and highlight diversity among the student body involving issues such as sexual orientation.
The event featured members of Phi Sigma Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa and FDU’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA).
Coleman said participants read original content dealing with sexuality and relationships; after that, there was an open forum between the audience and performers.
“The purpose of this event was to help educate and open up dialogue regarding sexual and relationship issues that relate to campus and personal life,” she said.
The event turned out to be a successful way to raise awareness of the topics of sexual assault, rape and relationship issues.