Student Leaders At U.Va. Organize To Educate Peers About Rape
1, 1999 -- A
group of 16 male student leaders at the University of Virginia has
founded U.Va.'s first all-male sexual assault peer education group.
group, called "One in Four" because national statistics indicate
that one in four college women report being victims of rape or attempted
rape since their 14th birthday, will debut a program to help men
learn how to help women recover from such assaults.
"How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do," the program
will be presented twice this week. The first program will be held
on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room of
Newcomb Hall. The second program will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 4, in the Dome Room of the Rotunda. Members of the group
and their advisor, John D. Foubert, will be available after each
program to answer questions and share information.
program that the group will present is written by Foubert, an assistant
dean of students at U.Va. who is also president of the National
Organization of Men's Outreach for Rape Education.
his dissertation research, Foubert evaluated the program to determine
its effectiveness. He found that in addition to helping men understand
how they can help women recover, the program also reduces the likelihood
of men engaging in rape.
new student group will present the one-hour program this year to
men in residence halls and fraternities. The group will also present
the program to men on athletic teams and in other organizations
more information, contact John Foubert at (804) 924-3736. Materials
describing "One in Four" and the program will be available at each
presentation. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office
at (804) 924-7550.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857.