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Be aware, be safe

Several groups are offering safety programs for students over the next few days as Student Council kicks off its Safety Awareness Week.

One in Four, a peer education group aimed at men, will present "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do" at 7 p.m. tonight in Physics 203.

Also, at 8 p.m. in Webb Lounge, University Police and the First-Year Council are co-sponsoring a self-defense class.

University Police Sgt. Melissa Fielding will direct the two-hour program.

"It's really just a summary of the full 12-hour course," Fielding said.

She said that while men are welcome to attend the class, they will not be allowed to participate in the physical portion.

"We will cover risk reduction strategies, awareness and avoidance, and a few physical aspects of self-defense," she added. "The physical part of the class requires contact that makes the female students uncomfortable."

Bag it, discuss it

In addition to Student Council's Safety Awareness Week, October is Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this afternoon the Women's Center, SAFE and NOW are co-sponsoring a brown bag lunch and discussion.

Jessie Blundell and Sarah Curtis-Fawley, who both graduated from the Women's Studies program last year, will present their thesis on sexual assault at the University at noon in Newcomb Hall 389.

Curtis-Fawley said one of the main points of their thesis and talk is that sometimes well-intentioned people and programs spread the wrong ideas about sexual assault.

"We want to debunk those myths in order to ensure that our sexual assault awareness work is sensitive to the needs and experiences of survivors," Curtis-Fawley said.

--Compiled by Kelly Coffey

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