Ten years ago, playwright Eve Ensler and a group of women performed “The Vagina Monologues” in a New York theater on Valentine’s Day to raise awareness and money to stop violence against women and girls. The success of the play launched the “V-Day” movement, with its goal of putting an end to the violence.

According to a government survey in 2002, nearly 1 in 5 Japanese women have suffered physical assault, sexual coercion, or frightening threats from their spouse or boyfriend. Globally, the figure jumps to 1 in 3.

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