Kerry Washington credits play for abuse prevention

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Kerry Washington credits ‘The Vagina Monologues’ for inspiring her to become part of the movement to end domestic violence.
The ‘Scandal’ star has designed a bag for the Allstate Foundation that carries a message of hope for women suffering from domestic and financial abuse, and admits it breaks her heart that there is a need for her to campaign against the issue.
She said: ”I actually fell into this work as an artist. Back in 2000 I had just finished filming ‘Save the Last Dance,’ and my friend and co-star Julia Stiles invited me to watch her in Eve Ensler’s play ‘The Vagina Monologues’. I was so moved by all these stories of women’s identity, value and worth. After that I became part of the movement to end violence against women.”
The 37-year-old star didn’t hesitate to say yes when she was approached by the foundation to create her own purse.
She added to PEOPLE magazine: ”When the Allstate Foundation approached me about designing a bag for their Purple Purse program, I thought, ‘This is an issue I care about, and I also care about a good handbag, so I’m in!’ Purple is the signature color for domestic violence awareness, and a purse is where a woman’s financial well-being lives. This bag represents taking back your purse strings in the face of abuse.
”One in four women will face domestic abuse in her lifetime. My heart breaks a little that there’s even a need for this work.”

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