Panel Discusses Sexual Assault on Campuses

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The University of West Georgia will host a “Sexual Assault Alert” forum on Thursday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in the Bonner Lecture Hall. The UWG Crime Awareness and Prevention Education or C.A.P.E., UWG chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Carroll County Rape Crises Center will join forces to bring awareness of sexual assaults on academic campuses to the community. 

“Roughly one in five women who attend college will become the victim of a rape or an attempted rape by the time she graduates” according to a 12-month investigative report released by The Center of Public Integrity. That number is considered underreported. 

 

Topics that will be discussed include how to get help if sexually assaulted, health services available to victims and sexual assault and its effects on the larger community.

“We are very serious about this issue,” said Sociology Instructor and C.A.P.E Faculty Advisor Angie Rudibaugh. “We hope to inform students on this campus, promote prevention and to highlight the seriousness of sexual assault.”

Members of the panel include UWG Police Chief Tom Mackel, Health Services Educator Debra Dugan, Omega Psi Phi President Walter Swanson and Miss Rome, Briana Jewett.

Panelist Swanson said he wants to fight the “frat-boy” stigma often associated with his organization and let the community know his organization is interested in educating the public on the seriousness of sexual assaults.
 
The 12-month investigative report can be viewed at http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/campus_assault/. For more information on this and other crime prevention programs at UWG, call C.A.P.E at 678-839-6334.