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UTSA hosts Men Against Violence presentation

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Nov. 21, 2005)--Men Against Violence (MAV), a student organization from Texas State University, will speak about preventing sexual assault at 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 28 at the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02), 1604 Campus.

The goal of the program is to help students understand the different types of sexual harassment and the issue of sexual assault. Sexual assault is a large and serious issue. In Texas, more than 850 women and children are raped everyday.

MAV is a peer education group whose mission is to reduce the rate and severity of violent acts among students and faculty through education and awareness campaigns. The group suggests that education, consciousness-raising and sexual socialization will help prevent causal patterns and values that contribute to sexual assault.

MAV was organized at Louisiana State University in 1995 by football player Gabe Northern. Since then, MAV has expanded to colleges and universities around the nation.

The UTSA event is sponsored by UTSA Counseling Services. Student Health Services, Campus Recreation, Office of Student Student Activities, University Housing, Athletics, FACES, Recovery Center and Women's Resource Center.

For more information, contact Counseling Services at (210) 458-4140.

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U.S. college campus sexual assault statistics

  • College students are more vulnerable to rape than any other age group.
  • Rape victimization is highest for 16-19 year olds. The second highest rate is for women 20-24 years.
  • 1 of 4 college women have either been raped or suffered attempted rape.
  • 42 percent of college women who are raped tell no one about their assault.
  • 75-90 percent of acquaintance rapes on college campuses involve alcohol.
  • More than 70 percent of teens who are sexually assaulted will not tell their parents about the assault but will tell a friend.
  • One of 15 male college students reported committing a rape or attempting to commit a rape during the preceding year.
  • One third of college men said that they would have sex with an unwilling partner if they thought they could get away with it.
  • 84 percent of college men whose behavior meets the legal definition of sexual assault do not think of what they did as sexual assault.

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