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University Of Virginia Male Sexual-Assault Peer-Education Group Presents Programs

Sept. 27, 1999 -- Last spring, a group of student leaders at the University of Virginia founded an all-male sexual-assault peer-education group, "One in Four." Their name comes from the statistic that one in four college women has been subjected to a sexual assault. The group seeks to involve other men in helping these women recover and in preventing sexual violence.

Between February and May, the group presented the program "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do" some 30 times reaching hundreds of students in residence halls, fraternities, classes and on athletic teams. Because of this tremendous effort, "One in Four" has been invited to present its program at the International Conference on Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus next month in Orlando, Fla.

As part of an effort to empower university men to take greater responsibility for the issue of violence against women, "One in Four" will give two fall programs at U.Va.: Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 3:30 p.m. in the Rotunda's Dome Room and Thursday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Maury Hall Auditorium.

An article will appear in the November 1999 issue of the Journal of American College Health featuring U.Va.'s "One in Four" program and praising it for its leading role in rape prevention.

For more information, contact John Foubert, assistant dean of students and the group's adviser, at (804) 924-3736. Materials describing "One in Four" and the program will be available at each presentation.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

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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