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U.Va. Graduate Student Michelle Kang, A Former Miss Virginia, To Emcee Benefit Concert For Sexual Assault Peer Education Group

April 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.

The 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.

As 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.

Although 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," Kang said.

The 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.

Kang 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.

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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