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Published May 02, 2014, 10:10 PM

Cast of "Slut the Play" brings message to Moorhead High to take part in campaign to stop the word

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – There are publicity campaigns to promote seat belt use, and efforts to stop texting and drinking and driving. But this week, Fargo-Moorhead has been getting a chance to take part in an effort sweeping high schools and colleges around the country.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – There are publicity campaigns to promote seat belt use, and efforts to stop texting and drinking and driving.

But this week, Fargo-Moorhead has been getting a chance to take part in an effort sweeping high schools and colleges around the country.

"Slut the Play" went national this spring.

It played to audiences in Los Angeles, New York City, and Fargo.

After a performance Friday night downtown, the play moves to NDSU Saturday.

But this afternoon at a workshop, Moorhead High school students learned more what they can do to take part in the campaign to stop this word.

After an emotional and successful performance overnight in downtown Fargo, the cast of "Slut the Play" brought the message to school leaders at Moorhead High.

“And that is where you guys come in.”

Actually, the students brought the message to the cast.

Alexis Gustafson/Moorhead High Student: “I have a lot of friends who are called that, and one friend called me crying because people attacked her on a social media site ask.fm and they called her a slut and whore. And people throw these around like it is no big deal.”

Today, as part of the nationwide campaign to stop the use of the word slut, the cast of the play listened to Moorhead High students, many of them fresh from seeing Slut the Play last night.

These students, like those in schools across the metro, see the word. Social media, often the breeding ground for the bullying.

Delana Haglund/Moorhead High Student: “You see it all the time, like "she looks like a slut." It is so common and inappropriate and it needs to stop.”

Julia Slaughter/Moorhead High Student: “You cannot see what their reaction is, they are probably not going to reply they are probably in their bedroom reading this and thinking, wow I am such a slut.”

It takes awareness; signs for the play have been put up, then torn down. Put up-torn down.

Jordan Hartjen/Moorhead High Student: “In other school they talked about how after seeing the show establishing clubs to implement to help communicate between the two genders.”

The effort by the play to stand up to sexual violence and sexism, will actually mobilize groups like this in high schools across the country.

Going so far, as to begin forming "Stop Slut" chapters.

Katie Cappiello/Play C0-Director/Writer: “We all know what the situation is, as you can see, they are affected by this, every one of them is affected slut shaming and rape culture and we need to start talking about it."

There is one performance for the critically acclaimed play, Saturday afternoon at 3 P.M. at NDSU's Century Theatre.

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