CSUB activities scheduled in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 3, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, California State University, Bakersfield will launch a month-long series of events beginning with a special presentation Thursday, April 3, at 10 a.m. on the campus Pedestrian Mall, also known as the red brick road.

The activities are sponsored by the CSUB Counseling Center, President Horace Mitchell, Associated Students, Inc., Campus Violence Prevention Committee, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, various campus clubs and organizations, and are held in conjunction with the Alliance Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault.

"I'm really excited that our campus is involved with these activities," said Janet Millar, CSUB counselor. "It clearly tells us that sexual assault awareness is an important topic that we should all be discussing."

The evening of the opening ceremony, CSUB will offer the One in Four men against rape program. One in Four, Inc., previously NO MORE, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing rape by the application of theory and research to rape prevention programming. One in Four provides presentations, training, and technical assistance to men and women, with a focus on all-male programming targeted toward colleges, high schools, the military, and local community organizations.

Two programs, one for men and one for women, will be given.

The men's program is a one hour workshop titled "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do." The group's website states "research shows that this unique program has the dual benefit of educating men how to help women recover from a rape experience while lowering men's rape myth acceptance and their self-reported likelihood of raping."

The women's program is designed to complement the men's. One in Four's website says that "because few women perceive themselves to be potential victims of rape, the women's program focuses on how to identify men's potentially high-risk behavior and how women can be effective bystanders with their friends in high-risk situations, particularly those involving alcohol. In addition, the program focuses on how to help a friend recover from sexual assault without blaming the survivor."

Millar said CSUB is one of 100 universities to get the One in Four program during the awareness month. For additional information on the program log onto http://oneinfourusa.org/index.php.

CSUB's Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities are as follows:

All the events are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For additional information, please contact Millar at (661) 654-3366.