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Men will be a central topic at Seton Hall’s Sexual Assault and Violence Education team’s month long event “A Call to Men” in the spring.

The event will address “how gender socialization contributes to dis- crimination and violence against women and men,” SAVE team member Amanda Gagne said.

According to Assistant Director of Public Safety and Security Gary Christie, an average of three to six sexual assaults are reported every year at Seton Hall.

“In the 2012 calendar year, Public Safety received three reported on-campus sexual assaults,” Christie said. “There were other incidents reported off campus but these were handled by South Or- ange Police.”

According to Christie, studies show that 25 percent of women in college will be sexually assaulted. He also said that one out of three men in college will be assaulted.

Counseling and Psychological Services psychologist Dr. Sandra Ackerman said that all the CAPS psychologists are able to aid those affected by sexual assault.

“Typically, we will provide victims of sexual assault with information so they are fully aware of all their options,” she said.

According to Ackerman, CAPS is affiliated with the Essex County division of SAVE. She is also the administrative coordinator for SAVE at Seton Hall.

Rape Aggression Defense classes are being offered to female students, staff and faculty according to E. Sergio Oliva, the senior instructor of RAD and assistant director of administrative services for Public Safety. The 12-hour course educates women on how to avoid and react to an assault. These classes will be offered in three sessions starting Friday Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the University Center.

While there are currently no RAD self-defense classes for men at Seton Hall, “RAD for Men” is available at Rutgers University, College of New Jersey and Drew University according to their websites.

This course focuses on “how (men) can be part of reducing aggression and violence,” the website stated.

Also available to students is the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, according to Vice President of Student Services Dr. Tracy Gottlieb.

According to the report, both men and women receive “emotional support, counseling, medical treatment and legal options” in the event of a sexual assault.

The report is compiled by members of Student Services, Housing and Residence Life and the Department of Public Safety as well as South Orange and Newark law enforcement.

The report includes statistics for three calendar years’ worth of reported on- and off-campus crimes. It also includes the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights and the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act.

The report can be accessed at http://www.shu.edu/offices/ upload/Annual-Security-Re- port-2013.pdf.

More information about RAD courses can be found at rad-systems.com.

Tiffany Do can be reached at tiffany.do@student.shu.edu.

Author: Tiffany Do

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