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Male Student Leaders At U.Va. Organize To Educate Peers About Rape

Feb. 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.

The 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.

Titled "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.

The 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.

As 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.

The 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 at U.Va.

For 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.

Contact: Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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