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Dear Editor:

On the eve of “The Vagina Monologues” opening night, I want to congratulate the Center for the Arts for bringing this important event to Pagosa Springs.

For more than 15 years, this award-winning play has given voice to women’s actual experiences and feelings, never before expressed in public. The stories are often hilarious and sometimes heart breaking. As one of the actors in the play, I’m humbled by the strength these women have and the courage it took to tell their stories.

In conjunction with “The Vagina Monologues” will be global V-Day activities that raise awareness and funds for organizations that work to prevent violence against women and girls. V-Day events provide a vision of a world where girls and women live free, safe, equal and with dignity. Thankfully, in Pagosa, we have the Archuleta County Victims Assistance Program (ACVAP) taking on this responsibility and helping hundreds of women achieve this goal each year.

Why do we need organizations like ACVAP? Because one out of every three women on our planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s one billion mothers, grandmothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, partners and friends. It’s happening in third-world countries, in middle America, and right here in our beautiful mountain town.

I hope our community will support “The Vagina Monologues” and V-Day activities. Please buy show tickets, add an ACVAP donation to your ticket price, and attend with a group of friends. By doing this, you will help the women and girls in our town live the violence-free lives that everyone deserves to live.

Paula Miller

This story was posted on February 7, 2013.