2012 V-Day Beneficiaries

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP) is a local non-profit organization that has been serving victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence since 1979. ATVP has offices in Pullman and Moscow, and provides services such as 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy-based counseling, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, child advocacy, emergency shelter, referrals, and support groups. All of ATVP’s services are free, confidential, and provided without discrimination.

For more information, please visit: ATVP Homepage

V-Day Spotlight 2012: Women and Girls of Haiti

In 2012, V-Day's Spotlight Campaign will again focus on the Women and Girls of Haiti. The Spotlight will highlight the high levels of violence against women and girls in Haiti, and will focus on the increased rates of sexual violence since the devastating earthquake that took place in January 2010. All funds raised through the Spotlight Campaign will be used to support a revolutionary national program in Haiti lead by a coalition of women activists - including longtime V-Day activist Elvire Eugene - that is addressing sexual violence through art, advocacy, safe shelter, and legal services.

For more information, visit

"V-Day sells chocolate vaginas in CUB

by Rochelle Adams, The Daily Evergreen

Published November 29, 2011

Vagina-shaped chocolates are being sold in the Compton Union Building (CUB) all week in order to raise money to help victims of violence. The funds will help people both locally and in Haiti.

V-Day WSU sells vagina chocolates multiple times a year and puts on a yearly production of “The Vagina Monologues,” former Director Katie Wheeler said. The chapter has to send at least 10 percent of their earnings to the national V-Day organization, but the remainder of the annual proceeds are donated to Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse (ATVP).

“We hear from them every year that they rely very heavily on the money we raise,” Wheeler said. “It’s imperative for them to be able to help survivors in our local area.”

The WSU chapter usually brings in between $7,000 to $9,000 from chocolate and monologue ticket sales, she said. This year, they’re hoping to beat last year’s haul of $7,600.

The national V-Day organization focuses the money they bring in every year on a specific group of women around the world, called a spotlight, Wheeler said. This time, like last year, their spotlight is in Haiti where the funds will benefit the women and girls in that area.

“This is the second time (V-Day has) stayed in one place twice,” she said.

Wheeler said V-Day is important because the organization encourages women to be open about their experiences with violence and their sexuality. The organization also aims to remove stereotypes and stigmas that can sometimes come with sexual abuse, she said.
“It’s a great organization, and we make a tangible difference,” she said. “I’ve been involved since I was a freshman, and it has shaped who I am.”

V-Day WSU will be selling vagina chocolates from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the rest of the week in the CUB Spine.

"V-Day unites against sexual assault"

by Katey Hibbett, The Daily Evergreen

Published October 13, 2011

Someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes. V-Day WSU shared this and other statistics of violence at their “Until the Violence Stops” festival Wednesday afternoon.

Under a white tent decked out in pink and red balloons, V-Day members handed out popcorn, answered questions from people passing by and gave away rape whistles, bags and beach balls to people who participated in their activities.

Senior political science major Taylor Phores, who was manning the spin board activity, said most people had been supportive and seemed to be having fun at the event. For the spin board, a person would rotate a circular disc until a dial landed on a number. Phores would then ask the person a question about the recurrence of violence. 
“Most people are pretty surprised at how prevalent violence is,” Phores said. “I think it’s pretty educational."
There were also two white boards at the festival with pens for people to write with. One was titled, “If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?” Answers ranged from “something casual” to “lace, lace and lots of lace” to “a cougar tattoo.” The other board was titled, “If your vagina could talk, what would it say?” and included answers such as “let me be free,” “I could go without the clothes” and “waiting makes it better.”

Senior public relations major Kathleen Higgins has been a member of V-Day for three years. She said the reactions of people passing by were varied.
“Some of them think it’s funny,” Higgins said. “Some of them are shocked.”

The main purpose of the festival, Higgins said, is to raise awareness.

“We’re trying to get the word out there that gender violence occurs and how to prevent gender violence,” she said.

V-Day Graduate Coordinator Joan Osa Oviawe said they were expecting about 500 students to attend the festival.


"V-Day empowers women"

by Katey Hibbett

Published October 13, 2011

V-Day WSU will spotlight gender-based violence with the “Until the Violence Stops” festival from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday on Glenn Terrell Mall. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate survivors of violence and to raise awareness, said V-Day Graduate Coordinator Joan Osa Oviawe.

There will be three main activities at the festival. The Identify the Vagina quiz will be a chance for women to see if they can identify the different parts of the vagina. There will be a spin board, with different questions on it relating to V-Day, sexual violence and statistics about violence in Pullman and the world. There will also be a Vagina Wear and Say Board, which will give participants an opportunity to decide what their vagina would wear and say.

“It’s not meant to sensationalize a woman’s body parts,” Oviawe said. “It’s meant to empower women and their body.” 

Oviawe hopes to attract both women and men to the festival.

“We think it’s important to have men as allies,” she said.
Oviawe said she hopes the festival not only introduces people to V-Day but also shows survivors of violence that there is a supportive group on campus where they can belong.

Tim Freson, the adviser for V-Day WSU, said the purpose of the festival is not only to honor the victims of violence, but to celebrate the people who have withstood it.  
“We want to celebrate the strength of the survivor,” he said.

V-Day WSU is mainly known for the “Vagina Monologues” production it puts on every year, Oviawe said. This production is based off of a play by Eve Ensler, where different female actors perform monologues that “address women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse,” according to the V-Day website.

Senior neuroscience and psychology major Kylene Daschofsky, the president of V-Day WSU and the director of this year’s “Vagina Monologues,” said one of the reasons she joined the club was for the way it impacted people.
“A lot of people don’t know how other people have been victimized until they see the ('Vagina Monologues'),” she said.

Senior digital technology and culture major Katie Wheeler said she fell in love with V-Day when she went to a meeting her freshman year, and she’s been involved ever since.
“It’s one of those unique groups where you get to participate in something that’s bigger than yourself, and you get to do something that you know actually makes a tangible difference,” Wheeler said.

V-Day WSU meets at 4:10 p.m. Wednesdays in CUE 318.


April 2011: For the second year in a row, Student Involvement and Leadership Development recognizes V-Day WSU as the recipient of the 2011 Educational Impact Award.

April 2010: Student Involvement and Leadership Development recognizes V-Day WSU as the recipient of the 2010 Educational Impact Award.

February 2010: V-Day WSU brings Jackson Katz to speak to the WSU campus, with the support of CougParents, Health and Wellness Services, the Body Image Coalition, Residence Life, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Residence Hall Association. Jackson Katz is a leading anti-sexist activist, speaker, author, and filmmaker. He is internationally known for his ground-breaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in sports culture and the military.

April 2009: V-Day WSU awarded the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership Development Philanthropic Impact Award.

January 2009: Winner of a Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award



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