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Police, Citadel cadets team up to teach about sex assaults

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Local law enforcement teamed up with the nonprofit People Against Rape and local college and hospital officials to help college-aged men learn about sexual assaults and alcohol. 

The Citadel, the College of Charleston, PAR, and the Art Institute of Charleston planned the first meeting that was led by cadets.

The goal of the meeting was to have students from multiple schools and police officers learn the curriculum so they can go on to teach it in their communities. 

The program first began to grow in June of 2012 when the Charleston Police Department discussed the issue of sexual assaults within the city's jurisdiction that involved college students and alcohol.

Charleston Chief of Police Chief Gregory Mullen coordinated a group of stakeholders to discuss this issue. 

In early discussions, it was apparent The Citadel was conducting an education process called the Men's Program developed by Dr. John D. Foubert. The Men's Program is an all-male, sexual assault, peer education program. It  has been implemented in colleges and universities, rape crisis centers, and military units worldwide.

The program has evolved and after three revisions to the book now includes a set of companion pieces for the Men's and Women's Programs. 

The goal of this program is to empower men to take a positive role in ending the suffering caused by sexual assaults.  The Men's Program treats men as potential helpers. It is called "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor:  What Men Can Do."

The Men's Program is a training workshop designed to teach them the physical and psychological trauma associated with rape, how men can help their women friends recover from rape, and how they can become part of the solution. 

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