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Volume 70, Issue 122, Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Life & Arts

Sexual violence also men's issue

Organization looks to spread awareness

The Remedy

Donica' Beckett

According to the National Organization of Men's Outreach for Rape Education, one in four college women has survived rape or an attempted rape since her 14th birthday. Ending widespread sexual violence will take the cooperation of both genders.

Beginning next fall, University men will be able to join the fight to end sexual aggression through One in Four: The Men's Program, sponsored by the University Wellness Center. One in Four is a project of the National Organization of Men's Outreach for Rape Education dedicated to ending rape on campus and in the community. 

"I am impressed with the approach used in The Men's Program because it gives men a way to participate in the solution to ending sexual violence, and hearing men's voices lets the audience know that there is a role in prevention and intervention for men too," Molly Goulet, Outreach Coordinator, Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program at the University of New Hampshire said. 

One in Four: The Men's Program National RV Tour visited the University of Houston in February. This free workshop taught men in attendance about the severity of sexual assault and how to help a friend in need. 

"The workshop was very informative. I didn't realize sexual assault was that heavy of an issue especially on college campuses. We also had the opportunity to learn actions which constitute sexual assault," David Burkley, political science senior said. 

Men interested in the program should contact UH Wellness Director, Gail Gillan at (713) 743-5461. For more information on the One in Four program, visit www.nomorerape.org. 

In recognition of sexual assault awareness month, UH Wellness, Cougar Peer Education Program and the Women's Resource Center has partnered to display The Clothesline Project, a collection of shirts that exhibit expressions of survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence. Shirts will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center Satellite, Thursday and Friday in the University Center and again in the UC April 11-12.

Those who are survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence or those who would like to make a shirt in memory of a victim should contact Counseling and Psychological Services at (713) 743-5454. 

Also on Wednesday, from noon to 1 p.m. a speaker from the Houston Area Women's Center will give a talk about sexual assault at the Women's Resource Center, Room 7 in the UC Satellite. For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at (713) 743-5694.
 

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