VICTORY Program Hosting ‘One in Four, No More’ Conference

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 23, 2010 – The VICTORY program at Southeast Missouri State University is hosting a conference April 28-29 to promote greater awareness and vigilance to the occurrence of date rape and sexually violent acts on college campuses.

The free conference, co-sponsored by VICTORY – Violence Information, Counseling, Treatment, Outreach, Rights and You — the Missouri Foundation for Health and the Department of Justice, begins with registration at 9 a.m. April 28. A training session on preventing stalking on campus is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Dempster Hall Room 125. Detective Mark Kurkowski will present “Investigation and Threat Assessment in Stalking Cases” at 11 a.m. in Dempster Hall Room 125.

Ben Atherton-Zeman, a spokesperson for the National Organization for Men Against Sexism and a public speaker on issues of violence prevention, will discuss stopping men’s violence again women in a presentation titled “Voices of Men” scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, in the University Center Program Lounge. He has spent the past 15 years conducting prevention education for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs and state coalitions.

This informative and entertaining multi-media play will deal with important issues such as sexual assault and date rape, dating violence and domestic violence, sexual harassment and objectification. The play uses humor, celebrity male voice impressions and video clips to bring these topics to light in a way that minimizes defensiveness and promotes learning and understanding.

Several sessions are planned for April 29 in the University Center Program Lounge. Atherton-Zeman will present a second session titled “Five Steps to Organize Campus Men” at 9:30 a.m. Dr. Sandra Hamilton will present “In the Mind of Abusive Men” at 11 a.m. Atherton-Zeman will present a campus dating violence skit at 1 p.m., and a panel discussion is planned for 2:30 p.m. A “Run a Mile in Her Shoes” activity will close out the day’s events at 4:30 p.m.

Co-chairs of the conference are Dr. Loretta Prater, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Southeast, and Dr. Victor Wilburn, assistant professor of child development at Southeast.