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article imageSexual assault, alcohol awareness campaign at UA campus Special

By Kay Mathews     Sep 18, 2010 in World
The US Justice Department reports that "college women are at a higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college-bound peers" and universities, like the University of Arkansas, are taking steps to raise awareness and prevent assaults.
A 2005 report (PDF) by the U.S. Department of Justice indicates that "Schools are not the safe havens they once appeared to be; college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college-bound peers." Further, the report discusses what colleges and universities are doing about sexual assaults on campuses.
Efforts underway at the University of Arkansas provide examples of what is being done to address and prevent sexual assaults against both male and female students.
The 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign was held from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. on September 16 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. The No Woman Left Behind Campaign, along with University Housing, UA Police Department, Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Agency (SARPA), Rape Education Services by Peers Encouraging Conscious Thought (R.E.S.P.E.C.T.), UA Intramural/Recreational Sports, and the Associated Student Government, hosted the event.
The event took place on what is commonly called "The Hill," which is a large field located just south of Maple Hill South Residence Hall. One of the first things to come into view when approaching The Hill was the presence of UAPD officers and a UAPD K-9 Unit vehicle.
 The Hill  at UA during 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign.  Fayetteville  Ark...
"The Hill" at UA during 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. Fayetteville, Ark. 9/16/2010
When Teresa Williamson, UA Assistant Director for Student Rights and Responsibilities, was asked about the role of the UAPD in the program, she replied:
As with many of our educational programs, we try to find creative ways to get more students to attend our programs. Food always helps! But since UAPD was a collaborative partner with us on this program, we felt it would be worthwhile to have the students get up and close personal with some of the officers and the K-9 officers. Often, police are seen in such a negative light. Unapproachable even. We hope that by blending them into our programs students feel updated and educated on what our campus provides – in this case, trained dogs who can detect explosives, lost objects and even evidence. We had a lot of positive feedback on this part of the program and I hope to incorporate them more in the future.
UAPD K-9 Officers Jeff Shetlar and Chris Krodell, along with their dogs Dox and Orno, conducted demonstrations for the students concerning how canines are trained to search for people, evidence, explosives, and to protect their handler.
Dox searches for hidden explosives.  3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. Fayet...
Dox searches for hidden explosives. 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. Fayetteville, Ark. 9/16/2010
A small amount of C4 explosive was passed around to the students and they were asked to smell it. A substance that seemed to have no scent, at least to humans, was quickly found by Dox.
In a demonstration of how a canine can assist an officer in detaining an unruly suspect, Orno was on-the-job and the suspect's resistance was futile.
The UA's K-9 program began on June 9, 2009 with the purchase of these two highly trained and certified German Shepherds. Imported from Hungary, the dogs "have been certified as explosives ordinance detection canines by the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association."
Orno detains a  suspect  during a demonstration at the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awarene...
Orno detains a "suspect" during a demonstration at the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. 9/16/2010.
Due to the name of the event, Williamson was asked to describe the linkage between sexual assault and alcohol. “We often have educational programs that link messages about sexual assault awareness and alcohol awareness together,” she said. “According to RAINN.org (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), in 85% of all sexual assault cases, alcohol is a factor. With the No Woman Left Behind (NWLB) campaign, we talk to students about situations where alcohol is involved and taking care of those (women) around you.”
Williamson mentioned the demonstration taking place on the east side of The Hill where students could put on a pair of goggles that simulate driving while intoxicated and then drive, or attempt to drive, a golf cart through a course delineated by orange cones. It appeared that a number of cones were either hit or knocked over as students made their way around the course.
Students drive while wearing goggles that simulate intoxication.  3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alco...
Students drive while wearing goggles that simulate intoxication. 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. 9/16/2010.
Because the No Woman Left Behind Campaign was the main sponsor of the event, Williamson was asked about the organization's background and purpose. Williamson replied:
NWLB was founded by Sacramento (CA) State University students in response to a case they had been following in their local media that had occurred at DeAnza University campus. A high school junior attended an off-campus college party and was allegedly raped by 8 baseball players. There were more than 50 people present, some of whom admitted later they had knowledge of what was taking place, who did nothing. Three female soccer players busted the door down to the room where they kept this young lady and they took her out and to a hospital. She is a survivor. The prosecutor did not prosecute the case. Some students at Sac State were both furious and determined – they decided to start NWLB as a by-stander message. I watched this on a 20/20 episode more than a year ago and decided this was something our campus could use. I think about 8 universities in all have started a campaign, and perhaps more by now.
No Women Left Behind booth at the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. Universi...
No Women Left Behind booth at the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. University of Arkansas. Fayetteville, Ark. 9/16/2010
Williamson said that the NWLB message is simple, "no matter who she is, your sister, your friend or a complete stranger, step in and make a difference."
The SARPA organization had a booth at this event. A number of brochures were available covering topics such as incest and other forms of sexual abuse within families as well as a brochure directed toward male victims of sexual violence. According to the brochure, "An estimated 92,748 men are raped each year in the United States" and "It is believed that 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before age 18." SARPA also distributed a handbook on Recovering from Sexual Assault. The theme permeating the literature is that sexual assault is never the victim's fault.
A brochure distributed by UA's RESPECT group, which offers peer discussions focusing on rape prevention, interactive education programs, and advocates for survivors' needs, presented the following statistics:
* 1 in 4 college women are victims of rape or attempted rape.
* 90% of college rape survivors knew their attacker.
* 42% of rape survivors told no one about the rape.
* 1 in every 12 men admitted to committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape.
When asked about statistics on campus crimes of rape and/or sexual assault at the UA, Williamson said, "Our campus submits annual CLERY reports and you can find those reports on their [UAPD] website."
In the UA’s 2008 "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Report," for the category “Sex Offenses: Forcible,” there were three offenses reported on campus, four at non-campus locations, and two reported in residence halls. The 2008 report (PDF) is the most recent one available. The UA's definition of "sexual assault" can be found here.
Discussions take place at the conclusion of the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Camp...
Discussions take place at the conclusion of the 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. 9/16/2010.
At the end of the event, a number of students and organizers gathered around the food and non-alcoholic beverage table to discuss what they learned during the University of Arkansas's 3rd Annual Sexual Assault and Alcohol Awareness Campaign. It certainly appeared that awareness had been raised making the event a success.
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