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National Expert on Campus Safety and High-Risk Student Health and Safety Issues to Be
at UW-Eau Claire April 4

RELEASED: March 10, 2006

Brett Sokolow
Brett Sokolow

EAU CLAIRE — A specialist in campus safety, security and high-risk student health and safety issues will lead an event titled "Drunk Sex or Date Rape?" at 7 p.m. April 4 in Schofield Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The event is free and open to the public.

Presenter Brett Sokolow, president of the consulting firm National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, is a risk management consultant, author, editor and higher education attorney.

During the program, Sokolow will use his legal experience to facilitate an interactive exercise where the audience hears a trial based on a real sexual assault case. The program will teach students about incapacity and blackouts, and dispel common myths about alcohol and sex.

At the start of the program, Sokolow will introduce Todd and Amy, students involved in a drunken sexual interaction after a party. Audience members will hear the facts of the case and act as the jury to decide if Todd is guilty of sexually assaulting Amy or if he is not guilty.

Sokolow will end the program with a message about drunken sex, and the lessons that students can take from Todd and Amy's case and others like it. The program will help students think about their own behavior and decisions, as well as ideas for reducing their own risk.

Program sponsors include the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, Women's and Gender Equity Center Program, Counseling Services, the Office of Student Development and Diversity, and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Related activities are being coordinated through the Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault, Student Health Services, Women's Studies, the UW-Eau Claire Commission on the Status of Women, the Student Wellness Advocacy Team, College Feminists, and SPECTRUM .

For more information, contact Erin Polnaszek or Traci Thomas-Card at (715) 225-4571 or wage@uwec.edu, or Jenny Swartz at (715) 836-5521 or schwartj@uwec.edu.

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JB

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