By the time college athletes arrive on campus, most have been personally exposed to violence against women - through a teammate, friend or family member. And most are not equipped to understand its full impact, process it or prevent it. The campus environment, combined with the culture of big time college athletics, can be a dangerous mix.
Facilitated by nationally recognized athlete violence expert and survivor of rape by an athlete, Katherine Redmond, athletes hear, in graphic detail, a true story of rape by a prominent, influential athlete on a powerful team. This experiential approach encourages honest, nonjudgmental and blunt inquiry from athletes in order to help them become personalized with the consequences of violence against women.
Researchers have concluded that violence, mainly sexual assault and domestic violence, is not "simply the result of an individual's psychological disposition or biological makeup, but rather, it is a behavior which is socially encouraged."
Athletes are role models and leaders. Equip them to become leaders worthy of the responsibility.
"The message is strong and carries with it an unwavering validity that is necessary for the topic. Difficult subject matter was communicated easily and challenged the messages our athletes receive on a daily basis. The program has made a huge difference in many of the lives of our student-athletes and coaches."
UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
"The message greatly impacted our players and made it clear to the Royals staff that this presentation is vital to our team. Our players are an investment into the Royals organization and ensuring that they stay out of trouble and treat women with respect minimizes any risk to that investment. The message they received helps us feel confident in our players' ability to think when risky situations arise and to do the right thing."
Kansas City Royals
"The combination of factual information, recognition and warning signs of relationship violence along with personal insight made it impactful to our athletes. Long term consequences, emotional issues and challenges to the status quo relating to violence against women was discussed in a way that was very interactive and engaging with the male audience."