University of Montana News

Mar 1, 2012 6:50 PM by Annemiek Wilson (KPAX News)

UM men becoming part of solution to sexual assault

MISSOULA- Men on the University of Montana campus are stepping up and tackling the issue of sexual assault.

UM brought the national organization Men Can Stop Rape to campus on Thursday and they hosted a workshops addressing a variety of issues surrounding sexual assault, including intervention techniques and how to prevent hurtful behavior toward women.

"We had a great group this morning, a really big crowd, a lot of men in the audience which is always really encouraging and a lot of participation. We've gotten a great response so far from students, faculty, and staff and we had a few members of the community here as well. I'm really optimistic, I'm really encouraged by how many people came out and clearly see this as an important issue that needs to be dealt with," said Men Can Stop Rape Director of Training and Technical Assistance Joseph Vess.

Men Can Stop Rape is also helping UM establish a Men of Strength Club, which will help get more campus males involved. The organization is based in Washington D.C. and aims to prevent sexual violence against women by promoting healthy, nonviolent masculinity.

Workshops continued into Thursday evening, and will also take place all day Friday in the Turner Hall Dell Brown Room.

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