Graduate Student Michelle Kang, A Former Miss Virginia, To Emcee
Benefit Concert For Sexual Assault Peer Education Group
23, 1999 -- A benefit concert will be held to support
the work of "One in Four," the University of Virginia's all-male
sexual-assault peer-education group that helps men understand how
to help women recover from rape. It also works to end violence against
women. Since its February debut, the group of 16 student leaders
has presented its "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men
Can Do" program to 750 people at U.Va.
emcee for the Monday night concert is Michelle Kang. Kang will step
out of her role as a graduate student at U.Va. into her former role
-- that of Miss Virginia 1996 -- to help raise money for the group.
Concert participants include: the Academical Village People, Choose,
The Sil'hooettes, Black Voices, and the Whethermen. The concert
begins at 8:30 p.m. in U.Va.'s McLeod Auditorium. Tickets are $5.
Miss Virginia, Kang traveled more than a thousand miles a week speaking
at schools, conferences and other special events during her tenure.
Her areas of concern are the prevention of child abuse, women's
issues, and literacy.
most pageant winners are veterans of the pageant world, Kang had
never entered one until her participation in the Miss America Scholarship
program. She entered the pageant with a particular purpose. "After
interning for a juvenile court judge for two summers and serving
as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for an abused child,
I wanted to find a way to draw more attention to the needs of children,"
daughter of Korean immigrants, Kang made history as the first minority
to capture the title of Miss Virginia. She is a native of Fredericksburg,
where she attended Stafford County public schools.
currently serves on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse
Virginia, Virginia CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Association,
and Make Women Count. She has received commendations from President
Clinton and from the General Assembly. Recently, she has worked
with Gov. Gilmore and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership
to bring more foreign investments to the state of Virginia. Kang
is committed to service and continues to travel and speak for the
well-being of children.