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FOR RELEASE: May 6, 2004
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Man-to-Man Workshops Train Colleges to Prevent Sexual Assault

Young people today face dating and relationship issues in a world with mixed cultural messages, violence promotion and unclear expectations. Many students face school climates where they are exposed to bullying, sexual harassment, gender violence and sexual assault, according to health officials at the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH).

For female college students, these issues are magnified in national data that indicate rape and attempted rape are significant risks. In a 1996 study funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a survey of 4,446 randomly selected U.S. college women revealed that during any given academic year, the rate for rape and attempted rape is 35.3 per 1,000 college women. The NIJ study concluded that in approximately 90 percent of college rapes and attempted rapes, the survivors knew their attackers. Seventy percent of completed, attempted and threatened rapes took place on a date.

In another study, Fisher, Cullen and Turner (2000) confirmed that fewer than five percent of college women who are victims of rape or attempted rape report to the police, even though approximately two-thirds of the victims do tell someone.

Following the national data and focusing on the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Student Data Report, the number of rapes experienced by the 136,161 Oklahoma female college students enrolled for the 2001-2002 school year could have exceeded 4,800. To address these issues, the OSDH has developed the Man-to-Man Sexual Assault Prevention Education College Program, which focuses on young men as role models for change. The program provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to learn sexual assault prevention education information for use with their male students so that young men understand the trauma of rape and sexual coercion, are more aware of the seriousness of dating misunderstandings, and can be of help to rape survivors. In addition, the OSDH can contract with public colleges and universities to provide prevention education to males on their campus. Delivered by male college personnel, this information covers what men can do to stop sexual assaults and how to help sexual assault survivors. Faculty for the training and program implementation will be Steve Nedbalek, M.Ed., S.P.S., N.S.A.T., an OSDH health educator who has over 30 years experience in teaching, research and presentations.

Colleges and universities interested in attending the training can send participants to one of the following workshop sessions:

  • May 11, 2004 -- Man-to-Man, Metro Tech-Springlake Conference Area Three, 1900 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City
  • June 3, 2004 -- Man-to-Man, the Hilton Inn Northwest, Oklahoma City

“The training is available to all public and private colleges, with contracts to study the implementation process available to public colleges. Currently there are 14 public colleges and universities contracted to present the program to their male students. We are encouraging the other public colleges in Oklahoma to join us,” said OSDH Program Manager for Sexual Assault Prevention Education Kathy Middleton.

The participating state colleges are: Carl Albert State College, Poteau; East Central University, Ada; Langston University, Langston; Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva; Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami; Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City; Oklahoma Panhandle University, Goodwell; OSU Okmulgee Tech, Okmulgee; Rose State College, Midwest City; Seminole State College, Seminole; Southeastern Oklahoma State College, Durant; Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha; and Western Oklahoma State College, Altus.

“It is a fantastic program which we plan to continue. So far, I have worked with coaches and had a good response. Also, we use the program in our orientation and get a positive response from the parents. I highly recommend this program to other schools and organizations because it is easy to use,” said Southeastern Oklahoma State University Director of Public Safety Jon Clouse.

Dr. Gerald Williamson, Vice-President of Student Services at East Central University said, “I found the program to be worthwhile. Sexual assault is a problem in society, and this program uses excellent materials that are thought provoking for students. The contract monies available through the program make it easier for us to incorporate this type of programming in the mix with other services provided for our college students.”

This information is ideal to be part of freshman orientation, new student presentations, or prevention information for fraternities or athletic departments. If you have any question on the training or contract possibility with OSDH, please contact Kathy Middleton or Steve Nedbalek at 405/271-4072.

To register for the Man-to-Man training, call 405/974-2420; fax 405/974-3803; or e-mail Ihuff@ucok.edu . Seating is limited, so please register to reserve seating for the trainings. Organizations sending two or more representatives will receive training videos.

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