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UIS to present discussion on “Healing Partnerships”

April 14, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The Women’s Issues Caucus at the University of Illinois at Springfield will host a brownbag lunch discussion on “Healing Partnerships: Men and Women Challenging Rape Culture and Ending Rape” beginning at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, in conference room D, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The interactive presentation is free and open to the public.

Featured speaker Ross Wantland will facilitate exploration of such topics as what it would mean if we could end rape, how our lives and interactions would change, and what individuals can do to support survivors and challenge the rape culture.  Wantland will also lead a discussion of how college students of both sexes can become involved in ending sexual violence.

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Wantland is a gender-based violence prevention educator and coordinator of sexual assault education at the U of I at Urbana-Champaign, where he also trains students to be peer rape educators.

According to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, a sexual assault occurs in this country every two and a half minutes, and one in six American women has been the victim of attempted rape.  The U.S. Justice Department estimates that in 90 percent of rapes committed on college campuses, the attackers were known to their victims.

UIS co-sponsors of the event include the Women’s Studies Program and student groups the Gentlemen’s Club and the Queer-Straight Alliance.

For more information, contact Leslie Rossman by phone at 206-6575 or by e-mail at lross01s@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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